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#1 Alan in Toledo

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:17 PM

My Dell XPS8100 is 7+ years old. Can I do a system reset (i.e. reinstall Windows) lacking any install CD or DVD?



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:19 PM

Which version of Windows is on that old PC, i.e. Windows 7, Windows 10?


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:27 PM

Win10/64 Pro.



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:30 PM

Yes. This presumes you are using the built-in Reset feature.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:34 PM

That's the plan (built-in reset). Thanks for the confirmation.



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:42 PM

Yes its possible, you could create a windows installer USB as well, great for recovery.

Got a spare thumb drive?

If not they can be gotten at cheap at your local best buy/family dollar and online.

It will set you back $8 or so but its not that bad plus they are very handy.


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:00 PM

And, before you do a reset, make sure you have backed up your user data and also done a system image backup of the existing system.

 

Typically you won't need either, but it's absolutely never wise to do a reset without having done this first.  All it takes is one failure during a reset and then the regrets are pretty awful.


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:13 PM

Indeed back up your data, its good advice.

Also if you find a USB for cheaper than $8 go for it, heck get two of them perhaps throw a linux live image on it for recovery purposes.


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:27 PM

The advice above is sound, but if you need it, you probably need much more detailed advice.

Google for specific step by step instructions ( I wish BC had this available )

Backup data of course. 

Probably by now your C drive will be a SSD.

It's not wise to allow data to build up on C despite MS more or less forcing this on us.

So get all data off C and onto a HDD, either internal(preferred) or external.

Using a USB IMHO is also sound advice, but low cost units can be flakey (3 of my suite of 7 have become useless!!).

DVD probably safer?

Good luck






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