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January 31, 2012 3:48:03 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron One 2305 model. Is the "Drivers and Utilities" CD that came with the computer the disc I would use to reinstall the OS and original software that was bundled with the computer when new...Thanks..

Anthony
January 31, 2012 4:01:07 PM

Did you reformat the computer?, if so, more than likely you lost all that software. the utilities software may put most of the stuff but may not replace all the 3rd party apps bundled with the OS
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January 31, 2012 5:05:54 PM

No, I haven't reformatted, but would like to wipe everything clean as there's a virus on the Dell that we can't seem to get off. Even a computer tech we went to couldn't get it rid of it.

All the data was backed up prior to the virus thankfully, so I'm not concerned about losing data, but the computer is totally unusable right now....So, I would like to reinstall the the OS and start clean..Thanks.

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January 31, 2012 5:41:05 PM

Dell doesn't provide info on how to do this?
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January 31, 2012 6:30:02 PM

if you bought the laptop first hand from dell you should have 2 cd's at least with it - 1 is usually red and has microsoft at the top and says intellipoint/drivers/utilities or something to that degree to make all your laptop specific parts work...function keys and mouse pad etc. the second should be your OS and have windows operating system on it. just put in the disk and reboot, it should be self explanatory. if you only have the OS then your drivers should be here

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx...

good luck
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February 1, 2012 12:28:44 PM

incantus said:
if you bought the laptop first hand from dell you should have 2 cd's at least with it - 1 is usually red and has microsoft at the top and says intellipoint/drivers/utilities or something to that degree to make all your laptop specific parts work...function keys and mouse pad etc. the second should be your OS and have windows operating system on it. just put in the disk and reboot, it should be self explanatory. if you only have the OS then your drivers should be here

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx...

good luck


Thanks.

The only two Disc that came with this All In One model Dell, purchased new last March, are "Drivers and Utilities" and one labeled "Application'"...which says for installing Dell TouchCam Software...I can give the "Application" CD a try when I get home if you think that will have the OS...
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February 4, 2012 1:20:33 PM

Hello...

I received the OS disc from Dell yesterday...There's no instructions, just the Disc....Do I need to install the original OS in safe-mode to avoid the virus I have on my HD...Or are there any steps I take first to wipe the HD clean of all data, then install the OS (windows 7) on the blank Hard drive. I;'m not sure how to proceed..Thanks...

Anthony.....
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February 4, 2012 6:37:15 PM

I would boot to a command prompt, navigate to the Windows/System32 folder, and enter "format c:".

Then boot from the CD to install Windows.
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February 5, 2012 2:45:56 PM

Thanks.

Quick question: Does booting from the CD drive and reinstalling the OS from Dell's CD automatically wipe the Hard Drive Clean of all data.....which is what I want to do (wiping all data off the drive and starting fresh is my objective)...Thanks..
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February 5, 2012 5:53:42 PM

It probably does a quick format, but the instructions from Dell don't say.
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February 11, 2012 12:08:06 PM

I did reinstall windows 7 using the CD that Dell sent me and windows seems to be running just fine. However, I can no longer get online using IE. Is this because I haven't installed drivers from the Dell drivers CD or perhaps some other reason......We have Fios, so hopefully I do not need to download drivers from Verizon to use their router, because I can't get online to do so....Thanks...

Anthony
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February 12, 2012 8:13:46 AM

Did you run the internet connection wizard from the control panel?
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February 19, 2012 10:44:18 AM

Hello,

Yes, I now got it working and running great w/internet.....Thanks to all who have helped. The only thing I lost after reinsatalling the OS from DEll's CD was the free limited version of MS Word that originally came with the computer. Other then that, the computer is back to its old self.

Anthony
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February 29, 2012 10:41:47 AM

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February 29, 2012 4:27:07 PM

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