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Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Sinster, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Sinster

    Sinster Moderator

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    I know this has been asked before I just couldn't find it during my search.

    I have a Dell here at work and would like to reformat the HDD this bad boy. Can this be done? I very much dislike the propaganda thats install on these Dells. Also the disc they give you for the recovery disc is this the "Full" version of XP?
     
  2. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I think Dell provides it's own version of the XP install disc. If you want to reformat and install without restoring the computer to the original factor settings, then you need to boot to the XP disc and use its setup dialogs to reformat the drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. This will just put Windows XP on the machine, leaving off the extra junk that Dell (or any manufacturer) provides with the machine.
     
  3. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Depending what your workplace is like, the IT guys might get really p**sed if you reformat a machine.


    btw, Brilliant thread title.
     
  4. jimi_81

    jimi_81 Moderator Political User

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    if you could get your hands on a winxp oem disc, you could just use the key on the side of the case

    or did dell change the way they do things?
    i know gateway has a restore dvd (a ghost image)
     
  5. -seek-

    -seek- OSNN Addict

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    If you format a work computer you could get fired...
     
  6. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    How did you plan on re-installing Office and any other work software?
     
  7. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    I don't know about the desktops, but my Inspiron 5100, which I bought two and half years ago, and my dad's 700m, which is quite recent, came with a OEM XP CD that doesn't install any of the "extras"
    I can't stand Recovery Disks. Really glad to have just an XP CD.