I am trying to reformat my dell and i have found all the disks that came with the computer. I want to reformat but i am not sure which cd to use. I am thinking that i need to use the resource cd or the os cd. Also, i am not sure how to do it...HELP!!
If you have one marked OS or Product Recovery that is it, The one marked resource may just be extra software, I hate those manufacturer systems, if you can get a clean copy of XP. You can get OEM versions for about $80
I reinstalled the OS on a friends modern dell the other day. I used the windows disk that came in the bundle and that wasn't the OEM preinstall version that came installed on the PC. So it installed a fresh version of Win XP Home and then I pulled the drivers off the resource CD and installed them. I had no problems doing it that way and is the cleanest way to do it.
It certainly wouldn't hurt to use your retailer's OS disc, which would technically be the same thing as any other OS installation disc. But what retailers sometimes do is install a bunch of crap during reinstallation that you may not want to have. If your computer came as a set (it came with printer, scanner, etc.), then it would be a good idea to use your retailer's.
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