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Want to do full restore on my dell inspiron 1100

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  1. tymbusku

    tymbusku Newbie

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    Hi ALL !
    The disks my computer came with...
    Dell Installers (seems to be drivers for the graphics card and other stuff)
    Dark red- Operting System (XP sp1A)
    Blue- Application- for reinstalling dell tools and system software

    Should i format the HD then reinstall Windows XP?
    My goal is to get it back to factory settings.
    Please help.
    Thanks
     
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    Stop ! Don't format anything. Save any data you need. Install if you can a portable version of driver backup. Run drivers backup save your drivers externally to two different devices.You can then redploy after new version of xp is installed

    Check to make sure your computer doesn't already have a recovery partition or a partition you can see in computer management that you didn't create,that is most likely your recovery partition.Hp used to be f10 tho it could be f2 or f1 or f11 you'll need to find out. If no partition other than c exists (recovery may not have a device letter) then assume you have none & it's ok to quick format & use the dastardly commie red disc
     
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    On the homepage of afterdawn is a portable version of driver magician..Any drives you still need after running the drivers disc you have can be deployed from the backup.Drivers you don't need can be un-selected
     

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