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    Ok, for any computer guys here. I got a dell lap top that I want to get everything off of and start over with a clean slate. I don't have the original discs that came with it so the question is.... Can I still clean it yet keep the operating system and what came on it? I just want any useless programs, files, sure there are viruses, etc... Gone and have it back to "out of the box" condition. How do I or can I do that?

    Thanks for any help guys.
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    I think you need to do a compete system restore to reset it to factory setting but will need the original disks to make it operatable. Or you could buy a new operating system like windows 7 after the reset.
    I got so sick of all the problems with pc's last month and bought a Mac thougg

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    • #3
      Some newer computers also have a recovery partition that is hidden, it's on the hard drive but you can't see it in Windows Explorer, if you have one of those you can recover from the partition otherwise you need the original disks or a new OS.

      You should call Dell, they will either help you recover from the hidden partition or offer to send you new disks for the cost of shipping.
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        Originally posted by Andre Gregoire View Post
        Some newer computers also have a recovery partition that is hidden, it's on the hard drive but you can't see it in Windows Explorer, if you have one of those you can recover from the partition otherwise you need the original disks or a new OS.

        You should call Dell, they will either help you recover from the hidden partition or offer to send you new disks for the cost of shipping.
        Rt after I read this I was like... Why the hell didn't I just contact dell?" Lol.

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        • #5
          Haha, I have a partition on my Dell XPS, if you bought yours recently or anything within the past 3 years I think, you should have the recovery partition. Dell support, in my experience, have been good the one time I had to use them, they've got good online chat support.

          My old Compaq POS however, I'm just gonna take some place and let them clean it and wipe it clean just because I don't wanna deal with it at all. A local computer guy quoted $50 to install a clean copy of Vista.
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          • #6
            I actually just used the recovery partition on my old compaq, backed up all my music and pictures on it, about 30 minutes later, it was back to factory settings with all drivers and everything taken care of. Absolutely painless and way too easy.
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            • #7
              Thanks mark. I'm really just getting my fiances 2 year old dell cause I got her a new one for Xmas. I don't care about ANY files on it... Just want it in out of box condition. I use my tablet and phone 99% of the time to surf cause when I sit at my desk top.... I tend to go "shit, I've been here 3 hrs?" Lol... When I use her lap top I tend to just do what I want and get off (my lap top got stolen but I was the same way with it) ... If I have it with me I just don't waste the same time as I do on a desk top. I'm gonna talk to dell and if I have any prob at all I'll just bring it to the local place and get a price to clean it. Years ago I took my old one and was quoted like 2 bills so that's what I was thinking and for that...hell ill just get a cheap new one for 3. If the local place will do it for anything like 50 bucks.... I'll prob just let a "pro" do it. Unless dell can make it as simple as you make it sound

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