Okay Rick and Irv I am going to start the clean install this morning, but I have a couple of questions. Is there a particular order I should follow after the installation, re: installing Drivers, Microsoft updates anti virus, etc. My installation disk was sent from Dell about two weeks after I bought the machine in May of last year and I noticed that most of the updates listed in Rick's link are dated last fall, including the Bios update so I assume I should use all the driver updates listed in that link, is that correct?
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When I do clean installs I install in this order:
*Drivers (Download them from another PC and put on USB Hard Drive or Flash Drive)
*Anti-virus (Microsoft Security Essentials is what fellow members and I use)
For drivers, use the ones that Rick linked to as they will be the latest.
No, those are probably the DVD/CD drivers. W7 has a lot of those built-in. However, some are 'better' from the original vendor, and some Dell has 'tweaked' to work or work better.
Best bet, get all the FILES that pertain to YOUR system code, have them handy before you start the process, but now since you are installed and connected, get them all. One I know you can update from the vendor's site is the video drivers. Dell HAS not updated the 8500 except for W8 drivers I think.
BIOS, installing an OS doesn't change this. See what you have when you boot on the splash screen, and if NOT the latest, get it.
I am now up and running, it is running very good. I want to use my mozbackup to return Thunderbird so that it retains my address book etc. , however the backup will not work. I had to install a new copy of mozbakup even though I had the original application folder in the flash drive and the back up I had stored on my flash drive will not work, any ideas?
I've been out all day on personal business.
Let me catch up with all the topics and think for a few minutes. :)
I just "fly by the seat of my pants" with these OEM systems because I've haven't owned one since the Commodore 64 and the First IBMs.
After those, I've always Built my own machines since way back then.
(Irv S.) is the expert on the 8500 System so heed his advice.