Dell Windows CD Question

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  1. cctyler

    cctyler Mornin'

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    My buddy has lost his dell cd's and needs a format, is there anything preventing me from using a store bought WinXP copy.

    Obviously, I wont be able to install all of that dell crap support center, but are there any major drivers on those cd's that I won't be able to find over the net?

    Thanks.
     
  2. The Bastard

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    Driver support was something I ran into when I had a Fujitsu notebook, but I don't know about Dell. It may be cheaper to order another copy of the restore disc from Dell than buy a full blown retail version. There are ways to get rid of the Dell crap if you really wanted to, but if Dell uses specialize components, a retail XP copy will certainly not have it; and finding them on the net can sometimes prove impossibly hard.

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  3. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    support.dell.com

    You may have to create a login for it, but it's easy. Then you can take his service tag information (found on the computer), type it in, and you can choose the "Downloads" option.
     
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    Thanks guys
     
  5. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    The Dell "OS Restore" CD is the same thing as a regular OEM Windows except that it will only load on a Dell machine. The only drivers in there are the ones that any Windows of the same version would have. Dell includes a resource CD that has drivers for your specific computer. The nice thing about it is that it will usually autodetect what hardware you actually have and put a check next to the right one. Of your can download the drivers like the guy above said. Dell makes it pretty easy compared to most OEMs.
     

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