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#1 ignorant 1

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 11:00 PM

Hi, it's wierd how things happen unexpectedly, but by chance I noticed a program which allows a one time copying of win. OS in the "all programs" by DELL. I burned a copy and won't know what it's about untill after the wipe and boot. Does anyone know of this and what it consists of? :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 08:13 AM

I burned a copy and won't know what it's about untill after the wipe and boot. Does anyone know of this and what it consists of?

I don't fully understand the question.

In general: All computers used to come with a backup copy of Windows on a cd. If you have spent any time in this forum you must know how common it is to have to reinstall Windows! So, you use the cd for that. But Dell and others, to try to save a few pennies I suppose, do not supply the cd anymore. Instead they put the Windows copy on your computer, often on what is called a Hidden Partition. You can reinstall Windows by hitting a certain key on boot up, such as F10 (it is explained in your manual or even on your computer screen at bootup). Dell will allow one copy of this hidden partition to be made by you on certain machines. I STRONGLY recommend that you make it! Now you will have it on the hidden partition as well as on disks.

If you give us the model number of computer we can find more info for you. Or you can go to http://support.dell.com and type in your Service Tag number that is usually found on a little sticker somewhere on your computer.
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 12:06 PM

Following a class action suit, HP (and probably some others) had to allow an archive backup of the operating system.

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 07:01 PM

I burned a copy and won't know what it's about untill after the wipe and boot. Does anyone know of this and what it consists of?

I don't fully understand the question.

In general: All computers used to come with a backup copy of Windows on a cd. If you have spent any time in this forum you must know how common it is to have to reinstall Windows! So, you use the cd for that. But Dell and others, to try to save a few pennies I suppose, do not supply the cd anymore. Instead they put the Windows copy on your computer, often on what is called a Hidden Partition. You can reinstall Windows by hitting a certain key on boot up, such as F10 (it is explained in your manual or even on your computer screen at bootup). Dell will allow one copy of this hidden partition to be made by you on certain machines. I STRONGLY recommend that you make it! Now you will have it on the hidden partition as well as on disks.

If you give us the model number of computer we can find more info for you. Or you can go to http://support.dell.com and type in your Service Tag number that is usually found on a little sticker somewhere on your computer.

Sorry for the confusion, I was just wondering. What if someone does not know this and does a disc wipe, is the back up lost? Some people like myself are not up to date on these things, well, I am now. But I was going to perform a disc wipe without burning a copy. Anyways, thanks... :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 07:03 PM

Dell will also send you a CD copy of the OS simply for the asking -- as long as it is within 30 days of the purchase date.
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 07:10 PM

What if someone does not know this and does a disc wipe, is the back up lost?

Well, usually no, because presumably you would be using the files on the hidden partition to 'wipe' the main partition with Windows and your data on it.

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 10 April 2006 - 07:15 PM.

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 07:59 PM

And by the way, I was under the impression that it takes anywhere from 30min to 1hr to copy ( burn ) from what I've read and heard. Did I do something wrong? Because my attempt took about 2-3min... :thumbsup:




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