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Old 04-01-2006, 07:41 PM
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Thank you Murray. I'll wait to see if I can get my son-in-law over sometime soon. He is much better at that stuff than I am. I'll print out this thread, and he can read it. Thanks again to everyone.

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Old 04-02-2006, 12:17 PM
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I just talked to my son-in-law. He seems to think that by booting through the CD, you would need a command string to enter. Is that right? He said he would like to boot up the computer to where he can enter a command line to be able to get into the system restore (or something like that. ), so we could use the restore option ) But he doesn't know the command line to enter. Does anyone know what the command would be?

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Old 04-02-2006, 12:44 PM
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Ed, when you boot up a computer from a Windows installation CD, you are usually offered 3 choices.

1.To do a complete new re-install which wipes your drive clean of all of its data (last resort)

2. To allow windows to try to repair the existing insatallation on your hard drive (automatic)

3. To attempt to repair the existing installation by going into Console Mode where you enter codes on a command line. You really need to know what you are doing here and it is intended for real tekkies.

If I were you, I would try option 2 first.

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Old 04-02-2006, 01:03 PM
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Murray's comments apply only to an Original Windows CD.

If you have an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacurers) version disk, which is quite likely as it's a DELL, then it will just re-format your disk and re-install your OS to factory defaults, there will likely be no other options.
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:34 PM
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I can't speak for Dell, but my Gateway and HP OEM disks offer the option to reinstall Windows without formatting the disk (I've had to do this more times than I care to remember). If this is the case, it might break a few apps, but no docs would be lost.
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:40 PM
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Gary's comment may be valid HOWEVER it depends on which model of Dell you have and when it was issued. The new one I rec'd a few months ago need did offer all options. If you want to be sure you could try calling Dell support.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:07 PM
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Thanks again for all the help. Maybe one day I'll be up and running again.

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Old 04-03-2006, 02:35 AM
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Gary's comment may be valid HOWEVER it depends on which model of Dell you have and when it was issued. The new one I rec'd a few months ago need did offer all options.
Glad to hear it, seems like Dell might be listening to all the complaints they get (this is not generally the norm with manufacturers). Haven't seen OEM disks with these options myself, but it's a change I heartily approve of.

Good luck with your problem Ed.
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