Installing retail XP Pro onto Dell D620

I've got an old Dell D620.

I'd like to repartition the disk, reinstall XP from a retail CD.

How can I be sure to connect to the internet, and reload any Dell specific software?

Should I make copy of any software/drivers first before wiping disk?
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B HCommented:
you can't easily copy the drivers from an already installed workstation

but, you can go to support.dell.com
download drivers
enter your service tag
download at least the network drivers... to a usb stick or cd
optionally you can download the other important ones like the chipset and the video...

once you're installed fresh and on the internet, if you head over to www.driveragent.com, do a free scan, and paste the URL of your results here, i'll get you direct links for all the latest drivers
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aleghartCommented:
Go to Dell's web site and download drivers for the NIC onto a USB drive.  After installing the OS, you can pop in the flash drive and get the NIC running.

Once the NIC is running, you can go directly to the site and download more drivers from there.
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JhunjoeCommented:
Do you have the dell resources disc? Inside should includes the drivers & softwares u needed.
other than that there should have roxio creator disc.
If you do not have the above disc.
you can go to http://supportapj.dell.com to download the drivers first. Most important is the network drivers.
but most drivers should be included in the Windows XP sp3 CD.
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jamietonerCommented:
The OEM product key on the bottom of the laptop will not work if you use a retail cd. If you are using a retail cd because you don;t have the Dell xp cd heres a link with directions on how to use that retail cd to create an OEM cd.
http://daniel.streefkerkonline.com/creating-a-new-oem-windows-xp-cd/
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Download all the drivers (Especially  the NIC driver) before you start from dell support

if your dell machine is working then you can use DriverGenius http://www.driver-soft.com/ to export your existing drivers and reload them after the new install
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mrcannonCommented:
Two utilities I am currently using when rebuilding machines that do not have restore disks are ...

1.  Ninite.com - http://ninite.com/
Which lets you pick and choose from over 70 of the most popular useful software packages, download a custom installer which can run to download and install as many of the applications as you need, and it is completely automated.  YOU WANT TO US THIS APP - Huge time time saver.  

2.   Double driver - http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm
This is a freeware utility that will backup to a folder all of your drivers.  Run it before you nuke the drive and then restore all your drivers in one step after the rebuild.  Nice.  There is an option to automatically exclude all MS drivers that are already part of the OS install.

Have fun

Regards.
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mrcannonCommented:
Two utilities I am currently using when rebuilding machines that do not have restore disks are ...

1.  Ninite.com - http://ninite.com/
Which lets you pick and choose from over 70 of the most popular useful software packages, download a custom installer which can run to download and install as many of the applications as you need, and it is completely automated.  YOU WANT TO US THIS APP - Huge time time saver.  

2.   Double driver - http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm
This is a freeware utility that will backup to a folder all of your drivers.  Run it before you nuke the drive and then restore all your drivers in one step after the rebuild.  Nice.  There is an option to automatically exclude all MS drivers that are already part of the OS install.

Have fun

Regards.
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memyselfiAuthor Commented:
I have a utility Dell Support that pops up rarely nowadays.
According to the driver agent scan I have loads of out of date drivers.
Isn't keeping my drivers up to date what this utility is supposed to do?
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B HCommented:
that utility is absolute crap and should be uninstalled on sight.

75% of the time, it won't even uninstall, it's that badly written
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nobusCommented:
i agree- don't trust automated  programs - do it your self, then you know what you install !
here all the xp drivers :  http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/devices.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&osl=en&SystemID=LATITUDE%20D620&os=WW1
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memyselfiAuthor Commented:
thanks for all comments
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