Installing Windows (all versions) is a long painful hunt for drivers for the machine and all accessories. There is NEVER a step by step procedure for each machine from what I can tell. Only guides.
And there must be thousands out there making a fine living installing Windows.
What I would do is to recreate the machine just like Dell delivered. Use dell's restore media and all their CDs supplied or ordered from Dell. I do know some try the "CLEAN INSTALL" or want that but I find many just get upset over the days and weeks of efforts to do that.
Problem with Epson 4490 Scanner & Vista :
I just reinstalled Vista Business on my Dell Vostro 420 desktop computer to clear up some nagging software/hardware glitches. [Dell Support suggested and walked me through the process.]
The Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner worked fine on my Dell Latitude D820 laptop (using Windows XP Professional). It even worked on the Vostro that originally came with Vista Business installed.
After the Vista reinstall, I reinstalled the Epson and the system crashed soon after, came back with a lengthy Microsoft error message about a USB driver problem, and offered corrective suggestions. One of these was to disconnect any recently installed USB device(s). I unplugged the USB, while leaving the Epson program files installed. End of USB driver problem. So it seems I need to download new driver(s) for using the Epson 4490 with Vista ? Yes?
What?s the step-by-step procedure here please? Do I leave (1) the Epson program files installed, (2) download the latest driver(s) from Epson, (3) reconnect the Epson USB cable, and (4) reboot? Or do I uninstall everything Epson 4490 first and start for scratch? If so, at one point do the new drivers come into play?
Sorry but I?ve never had to update XP Pro-era hardware (or software) with updated drivers for a new operating system. BTW, I?ve also heard that Epson?s 4490 drivers can be problematic with Vista ? i.e. they don?t always work. ??