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Old 12. Dec 2012, 01:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Regarding the drivers, I have written a review about driver backup and restore on the main site. I found that while backup is OK, restoring the drivers back is also an important feature to have, as some drivers won't install with just the backup files, or you wont know how to install with the proper procedure. So, while Driver Magician Lite is a good choice for backup, and for backup, it's quite good, but I have doubts about restoring drivers from it, since it does not have a restore feature. I found Double Driver to be quite good. SlimDrivers, and DriverMax are also good and reliable. I haven't tried restoring drivers with DriverBackup! yet, because I did not know the proper procedure. I will try it sometime.

Oh, so that can be done? Yes, it has a genuine Vista key below the laptop, but dont know where to get an ISO from. Well, if not XP, then I would like to install Windows 7 on it... I really do not enjoy Vista, I don't know how he likes it . But, I do not have a Win 7 CD, or the key.
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Old 12. Dec 2012, 03:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Oh, so that can be done?
I'm guessing you're referring to installing the OS using a retail disk then activating it using the OEM license key attached to the laptop.

I know this can be done with XP, and I've read anecdotal evidence that this can be done with Vista though I've not tried it myself. I suspect it does depend on the particular PC's manufacturer to some degree.

A while back I created my XP SP3 install disk from an OEM installation on my own XP PC, and have successfully used this disk to re-install XP on a number of other machines of different manufacturers (each activated with their own original license keys of course).

(This is the guide I followed to create the disk)

If all else fails, you would still have the options of resetting to factory settings or even installing a Linux OS!

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On reflection I suspect you would save yourself a lot of headaches by simply re-setting the laptop to the factory default using it's own recovery method. Especially considering your brother prefers Vista in any case!

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Old 12. Dec 2012, 04:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yes, I was referring to installing from a disk.

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On reflection I suspect you would save yourself a lot of headaches by simply re-setting the laptop to the factory default using it's own recovery method. Especially considering your brother prefers Vista in any case!
Yea... I was contemplating that. Maybe I will choose to do that in the end ... let's see. He might leave the laptop with me though, he plans to buy a new one. Then I will surely install XP or 7 on it .
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Good luck with the project, and if you manage to blag the machine for yourself, you've gotta go for Win7
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you've gotta go for Win7
+1. There's so many features that work better and are more tightly integrated in Windows 7.
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Old 13. Dec 2012, 12:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks .

Maybe for now, I will have to go for installing Vista from the recovery. Atleast that what it looks like
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Well, it's going to be Vista from recovery.. surprise.. eh?

Anyways, I have backed up the drivers using multiple driver backup software... have made an image of the whole hard drive, with partitions... so now ready to format and reinstall.

How do I format the C drive? Can I use Windows XP disk for that, and go into the command mode, and use format command? Or, do I have to use another utility disc like Universal Boot Disc or something. Or, simply running the recovery would take care of that?
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I'm not familiar with Dell, but I would imagine that when running the built in recovery (either from a manufacturer provided or user burned recovery disk, or via software pre-installed by the manufacturer) you will be give the option to restore the PC to factory default.
That's the one I would go for.
No need to format the HDD in advance using anything else.
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Thanks Sope, I will try that .
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Today I performed the recovery via the boot options, and restored the laptop to its factory settings, so it's like new. The recovery did perform a format, and the process is fairly easy. Within 15-20 minutes, it was done, and the laptop booted. Set it up, and did all the preliminary settings, like personlization, power settings, internet, security, windows firewall, automatic updates, cleaning the non essential windows software, etc. Currently in the process of installing different software, and installing the updates, which will go on in batches. It's going well.

Thanks for all the help guys, much appreciated .

I get a bit frustrated though when I use Vista, 7 etc, coming over from Windows XP, because XP was really simple to use, and finding ways around XP was much easier. With Vista, have to find stuff, and there are just so many settings, and things, etc.

Well, it's Vista on the laptop as of now, but if I do get the laptop in my hands, it will surely be XP or 7 . I will venture to that road definitely. Vista performs well on the laptop, but I think XP will run really light.

While working on this laptop, I realize how slow my old system with P-III is. Getting things done on that is really slow, and with this laptop, it's really faster. And with modern systems like i3, and DDR3 4 GB RAM, it's gonna be more faster I think.
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