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(Solved) - Windows 7 In Built Drivers and Everything in C Drive !!! How to reinstall ????

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  • Started 1 year ago by saurabh16
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saurabh16
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I have Dell Inspiron 1564 , i-5 processor , 4 GB RAM , 1 GB Graphic card and 64-Bit OS ... Now I didn't get ANY CD of Drivers or Windows Installation CD coz everything is in built in C drive and it is undeletable (Of Course !!) ... Now I need to know how I can make 1 in case i need to reinstall but I dont know what to copy in the CD .. also I dont know the Windows Activation key or any other key for that matter .. Plzzz HELP ME GUYS !!!!

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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Belarc will tell you your product keys: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

W7 iso here...choose your version with SP1: http://www.askvg.com/direct-do.....nd-64-bit/ 3GB download size

Burn it with this at 4x: http://www.softpedia.com/get/C.....Burn.shtml

Drivers; http://www.dell.com/support/dr.....piron-1564

Tony

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Ruja
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All drivers that came with your computer are probably stored in C:\Dell\drivers. The rest of the C:\Dell folder contains programs that came preinstalled with the computer, but I never keep those, they are crap. You can also go to http://support.dell.com/ to get the latest drivers for your PC.

You can donwload an official Windows 7 install disk from here:
http://www.askvg.com/direct-do.....nd-64-bit/

You must get the right version (i.e. Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate) since you will need the product key sticked to your computer to install it. You can install that version of Windows in any language, and 32-bit or 64-bit, with the key for your PC.

But probably you have a recovery partition from which reinstall is much simpler, try pressing repeatedly the F8 key before the "Windows is starting" message appears, then select "Repair your computer".

And if you can't boot, you can backup your files with this:
http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....?replies=1

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vistamike
vistamike
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If you are going the restore to factory settings (the best way) the tap the F8 key on booting and select the options

Mike

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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I forgot about the in-built option Mike.

saurabh16

I would do Mike's suggestion as it's easiest.

Tony

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G41M
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A bit off-topic, but I would also suggest creating an image of system partition/drive with free Macium Reflect for future recovery in case the hdd (with the system and factory image partitions) fails

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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G41M

That's NEVER off-topic in this scenario...it should be every wised-up user's mantra..image...image...image! :D

Tony

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G41M
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Tony, I agree, 110%.

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saurabh16
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saurabh16
Posts: 4

Guys just a Heads Up plzz read Carefully : Its been 2 yrs since i bought my laptop and haven'e reinstalled even once .. its like i bought it ..... I am running blind here since i have no backup or anything .. I m a rookie u can say .. so plzz give a step-by-step procedure if i m gonna reinstallcoz i dont wanna lose my data or installed softwares ..... Thanks :D

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whs
whs
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Why on earth don't you make images. That allows you to reinstall in 20 minutes and you don't lose anything. Here is a detailed tutorial I made.

And regarding your data - that should be in a seperate data partition anyhow and be backed up as needed. But if you have it in C and make the images, it will be saved also.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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saurabh16

In case you don't know, an 'image' is like a photograph of your hard drive's contents exactly as it is now including their relative positions on it. Generally an image is 60% the size of your HD's contents using the default compression setting in Macrium that whs talks about. All you need is an external HD to put the images on. This is by far the fastest and safest method to cover yourself against catastrophe. There are plenty of people on here who use Macrium so you are in good hands, especially with whs, for having questions answered as you learn it.

Tony

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whs
whs
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SJ, thanks for the 'job assignment'. But you are right. We will take good care of our 'customers'.

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