hi guy's, i have a dell desktop with xp home o/s that still works ok, and i have a dell Inspiron laptop that got it hard drive wiped clean by the wrong setting on ccleaner. can i make a bootable dvd copy of the o/s from my desktop and transfer it to my Inspiron, and what about the drivers in such a tranfer?? thx papabehr
Dell's restore CD's (before Win 8) all have been standard OS reinstalls. It's universal with any Dell computer as long as you have the proper license tag on the machine itself reflecting the OS you load. Driver CD's do come with specific models but my standard practice is as follows:
Reinstall the OS using the Dell CD
Transfer the NIC Card driver via Flash Drive onto the computer
Connect to the Internet and download everything else.
People usually say "...Oh you have to do the Chipset first..." but I found that isn't the case; it will all work in the end.
support.dell.com and using the Service Tag I found is the easiest to narrow down what drivers you need. I think they still provide drivers for the XP OS but it's been awhile since i had to look for it.