How to Reload a Dell Computer with a Recovery Partition
Some of the instructions contained herein may instruct you to format your drives. PLEASE make sure you have backups of all important documents and programs before you follow those steps.
- Back up your data to a flash drive or other removable device. You can even use burnable CDs or DVDs if your computer supports it.
- Make sure you have all the software CDs that originally came with your computer and all the CDs that came with your devices. (I.E. Wireless broadband router, scanner, camera) If you do not have these CDs you may not be able to use those devices after you reload your computer.
- Restart your computer. When the Blue ribbon that says www.dell.com comes up press CTRL+F11 at the same time. That will launch you into the dell recovery partition. You will want to press the continue button.
WARNING: ALL YOUR PERSONAL DATA WILL BE LOST IF YOU CLICK THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT BACKED IT UP. THERE IS A VERY SLIM CHANCE TO GET YOUR DATA BACK EVEN IF THE COMPUTER IS TAKEN TO A PROFESSIONAL. MAKE SURE ALL THE PICTURES, EMAIL, MUSIC, DOCUMENTS, AND MOVIES THAT YOU WANT TO SAVE HAVE BEEN SAVED OFF TO A RELIABLE STORAGE MEDIUM. IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER COMPUTER YOU CAN VERIFY YOUR DATA'S INTEGRITY BY VIEWING IT ON THAT COMPUTER.
- Go through the Windows Welcome and set up your computer's name and your login name.
- Install your anti-virus program and get the updates for it. If you do not have an anti-virus program a good free one is available at www.avast.com.
- Get all the windows updates. To do that click on Start->Internet Explorer. Once Internet Explorer pops up Click on Tools->Windows Update. Do the express updates. Restart your computer and repeat this step until windows update says that there are no more updates available.
A note on Internet Explorer 7:
When Internet Explorer 7 first came out some users reported weird things with their computer after they had downloaded Internet Explorer 7. These issues have not been reported recently by any users that I know of however.
- Put your data back onto your computer.
- Load all of your driver disks (I.E. Scanner, Camera, Webcam, etc.)
- Load all of your programs back onto the computer.
- You can now get back to work or gaming!
Last Updated Friday, April 01 2011 @ 08:26 PM CDT|2,556 Hits