Restoring a Dell XP Computer
Posted on 2004-09-06
I have a Dell Dimension 8200 tower that I have been asked to completely restore the OS and original Dell programs.
-Dell Dimension 8200
-XP Home Edition, SP1 installed.
-1.8GHz P4 processor
-80Gig HD, partioned only as C:
-Other misc. internal devices are all OEM
From the client I have several CD's that apparantly came with the computer:
- "Operating System; Reinstallation CD, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition"
- "Applications; Dell Tools CD, For Reinstalling Dell-Installed Software"
- "Drivers and Utilities; Dell Dimension ResourceCD for Reinstalling Device Drivers..."
- And other misc CD's which appear tombe specific to this Dell computer.
From what I have it appears that I have all that I need(?). Also, the "Product Key" sticker is affixed to the computer.
He wants me to restore it as if it was just purchased. There is no data(according to him) that is on the computer that is worth saving.
What I have done:
- I defraged the HD(heavily fragged), because I want to image the HD prior to service.
- Did a live-update of NAV 2004 on his computer.
- Ran the NAV scan. No viruses found, but indicated 121 "threats", which were "spyware/adware" from my interpretation of the listings... Deleted as per NAV prompts.
- Installed DriveImage 7.0
- Downloaded and installed the 50-meg DI7 upgrade from Symantec.
- Imaged the C: drive to an external WD-120 Gig USB/Firewire drive using DI7.
What I "think" I should do next:
- Concerned about this being an OEM machine, and uncertain as to the completeness of the drivers on the CD's, I thought that I should print-out an existing driver's list from the Device Manager in case I need to go on the net. Good call or waste of time?
*** Do I need to reformat the HD prior to moving on or can I use the CD's provided without a format?
*** If I can use the CD's, what are my proper steps?
*** Are there any special situations with OEM computers that I need to be aware of in this case?
Thank you in advance for your advise and time.