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My Dimension 4700 needs to be wiped and reset

March 8, 2011 at 06:56:53
Specs: Windows XP

I'm totally okay with doing a system restore for my Dell 4700. Do I need to buy disks or can I wipe the factory settings online?

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#1
March 8, 2011 at 07:36:09

U can't do online. U need os disc or restore disc and don't forget to install all necessary drivers.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#2
March 8, 2011 at 07:51:36

Product Support for Dimension 4700
http://support.dell.com/support/DPP...

Manuals (all)
Dell™ Dimension™ 4700 Series
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...
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What XP version does it have on it ?
XP MCE 2005 or XP Home or XP Pro ?

Most Dell computers with XP Home or Pro on them came with two Recovery disks when new. Usually it's a Dell XP Re-installation CD and another Dell disk that has Drivers and Applications on it. In that case the Dell XP Re-installation CD is used to install Windows the same way as a regular Windows CD, then you install at least the Drivers you need for your system from the second disk.

Dell computers with MCE 2005 on them may have come with Recovery disks, but the first one or the only one is likely to be a DVD.

Since this 4700 series first came out in 2005, if you got this computer new, you may have the disks but have forgotten you had them.
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A lot less likely....

Some Dell computers with XP on them may have come with a Dell supplied program with which you can make your own Recovery disks. If your system has that , that should be in your All Programs list somewhere.

Some Dell computers with XP on them may have come with all the necessary data already on a second partition on the hard drive with which you can re-load the original contents of the C partition. In that case you would probably see a line while booting "Press xxx for Recovery" or similar.
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If it has XP Home or Pro on it, if you have no Recovery disks and can't make a set, then you need at the very least a Windows XP CD.
If you use a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD of the same version as on the official Microsoft label on the outside of your computer case - Home or Pro, whichever it is, you can use the OEM Product Key on that label during Setup.
A regular Microsoft OEM XP CD has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it and has the Microsoft holograms.

Then you get the Drivers you need for your model in the specific downloads for your model on the Dell site and install them.



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