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Clean reinstall Vista Ultimate on Dell XPS M1330

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I want to make CLEAN reinstall Vista Ultimate on Dell XPS M1330 in to make sure that nothing of olf stuff remains on that.
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by:nobus
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all you have to do is boot from the vista dvd, and when it sees your partition, delete it; then continue installing .
a guide :  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html      
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Isn't formatting of partition enough?
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I have formatted it and completing installation of Vista (no drivers). Should I really start over and delete partition?
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I have formatted it and completing installation of Vista (no drivers). Should I really start over and delete partition?
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by:vilnis_z
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Besides - there are 3 partitions (third logical - for Dell XPS multimedia app I guess). Should I delete them all?
 
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by:nobus
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sorry for keeping you waiting, but i'm not always busy with EE...
i always delete the partition, so it must recreate a new one, and format it.
formatting should be enough, unless you have a very rare problem.
if you delete them all, my guessis that one is the recovery partition, the other i don't know like that, without more info. (you can look what is in there, or check the partitions with disk management)
if you REALLY want to remove everything from the disk, or partition, you need to write the whole disk.
normally, disks come with utilities, and diags that can write zero's to it.
if you don't have this, Dban will do it too : http://dban.sourceforge.net/      DBAN

disk diags : http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

>>  Should I really start over and delete partition?  <<   if you don't have problems, i don't see a reason to startover.

What's the problem you have?  
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by:vilnis_z
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Problem is that as I start to install drivers system slows down terribly and no further installations are possible (rest of the drivers not talking about apps).
So I have reached Dell tech support guy who told me that I have to start with Dell MediaDirect installation to wipe out everything, create new partitions, install OS, then ... he will call back to complete installation.
Unfortunately next Dell's guy had little idea about Dell MediaDirect (actually even did not know how to change desktop's resolution) and allowed me to complete standard installation and said that all is fine.
I tried to tell him that there were some message regarding MediaDirect installation after completion of OS, but he just installed network one driver and said that all works fine now.
For obvious reasons I did not argue. I just installed that MediaDirect and now continue with remaining drivers. And pray e this will work this time.
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I have Vista, but I finally got it right:
1) start with Dell MediaDirect CD to wipe out everything and create new partitions
2) install OS (Vista),
3) install MediaDirect from CD autorun
4) install all drivers from CD and Dell support site in order described at Dell support site
5) install AV
6) install the rest.
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by:nobus
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is the same as i posted for XP
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by:vilnis_z
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This looks very standard procedure that I've used first and that DID NOT work.
I was lucky that one (of three) Dell support agents knew how to do it properly.
And the key was to start with Dell MediaDirect CD not with OS CD.

I got very knowledgeable advice during the trial. Unfortunately within 7 month that was the only useful help I got on this paid portal.
So would advice this portal to everybody who has only TRIVIAL questions, is willing to accept SHALLOW responses that come LATE.
Google does this far better. So long, folks.
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