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Dell XP Instal Discs

So quick background. Doing computer work for extra cash and I've quickly realized people don't keep any cd's that come with thier computer (most I've seen is keeping bell or rogers cds). So we have 3 Dell's mie is running a retail copy of xp and the other two have an instal off the same OEM cd. So this next computer I'm working on is a Dell running XP and I just need to know if I use the XP cd I have will it work or will I run into a nightmare with the serials. I know with my retail copy of XP it can be used on two computers (I've done it once but the other computers long gone now) So is this just the same with OEM discs or can it be used on any Dell system? Also will that Dell's serial key work if I'm being buged to enter one? (which I wasn't on the last two).

Thanks in advance.

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Easy to fix.

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With each Dell you have to look to if they allow you to create the restore CD/DVDs. This is the NEW way of doing things today. Some owners won't so they get to call Dell and order the restore CDs. I no longer bother to try to use other CD/DVDs but just sigh and say we'll get them on order. It just gets tacked onto the bill and is far cheaper than a full copy of XP and the hours you spend finding drivers.

However there are new to this business that will attempt to get around this so they'll fume, fuss, complain bitterly it shouldn't be so. Give those newbies a few years and they'll get worn down and implement some process to make this go a lot easier. Again, the newbie will act surprised about missing restore media or not know to look to the machine for a way to create such. This newness does wear off.

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So basicaly...

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Theres a way to use some program to burn a cd that will bring xp to a fresh state but have all the drivers from the previous instal? (If I'm getting this corectly)

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And such would be...

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On each maker's web site for the product in question. As a service provider that provider (you?) should look into that.

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I'll see what I can find. I'm not aware of the computer but I'm pretty sure it's an opteron or something like that. I'm just used to the old activation process and have just started doing this so I'm kinda clueless as to what can and can't be done besides the simple windows is usualy only licensed to one computer ad your stuk usig a disc that came with your computer or you purchesed yourself.

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And all that activation, CD key stuff is a non issue.

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The restore CDs, Dell's reinstall procedure (from is what we use. However there are always new staffers that will try it some new way.

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Here's an article on Dell's site...

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For anyone else who has troubles. I think I've got an idea of what to do and I wont know exactly what till I have the system but thanks for the help because it's pointed me to this article which should basicaly sum up how to simpily do this on any Dell (and also made me realise how to fix another computer that I've been trying to for a long time). So here's the link and if I need further assistance I will post here or if anyone else needs further assistance I erge to do so.

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That applies to "some" of those Dells.

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I see another reply and the other method is shared.

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I'm hoping in my caxe that the computer I'm working with isn't older than 5 years because then it should have the dell recovery partition. But yeah this does apply to some not all Dell's. I beleive though my Compaq Presario 5000 (and this was 8 years ago) had a restore partition because I remeber thats how we always instaled Windows ME (which we had to do often, note to all don't buy Compaq) all the time - I think. Plus the Dell Dimension 2400 series I think we got upstairs had the partition and it's like 5 years old. Anyways I'm gonna cross my fingers that when I get the system it'll have the restore partition and it'll be a simple file backup and restore.

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This might help

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Dell has a hidden partition. Press Ctrl and F11 when you see the Dell screen. Press them at the same time and only once.


Request backup disks


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Okay so I learned

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That the Dell Optiplex (I think thats what it was) did NOT have a restore partition however my Dell OEM disk worked beautifully and as a result have one happy customer. Thanks to everyone for the help, just thought I'd post the end result just as a referece.

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You just have to remember

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That after you re-install or repair the system in a Dell Computer, to install the drivers in the following order from Dell's Website.

Desktop System Software or Notebook System Software
Chipset or SMBus driver
Processor Driver (if applicable)
Audio (sound)
Input Drivers (keyboard/mouse)
Network Card


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