Solved i have a Dell d505 laptop just trying to remove my personnal

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March 19, 2017 at 04:59:00
Specs: windows xp pro, 2gig
dell laptop no recovery partition new hardrive 2 years ago.just trying get me information off to give it away.I might install anew operation system Linux or Ubuntu if it would make it faster than windows XP pro.

Davidw


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#1
March 19, 2017 at 05:48:23
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So what are you asking, I don't see any questions in your post???

If you're asking how to get your data off it, just copy it to an external HDD or optical discs, then securely erase that data from the Dell's HDD once you've confirmed that it has been copied successfully.

I wouldn't change the operating system on a laptop at least until you've checked what operating systems are supported by Dell on that model (check the support section for that model on Dell's website).

I know for a fact that only Windows 2K & Windows XP are supported on the Latitude D505:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/uk...

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#2
March 19, 2017 at 06:46:17
IMO, Mint or Zorin OS would be the way to go. Both are based on Ubuntu but are more windows-user friendly, especially for newbies. The Zorin interface is very similar to Win7. It recently jumped to #6 on the Linux ranking chart; Mint is still #1. Ubuntu has dropped to #4.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...

BTW, I'm running Zorin on a 12 yr old laptop with a single core A64 & 2GB RAM & it performs decently.

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#3
March 19, 2017 at 07:30:21
riider... zounds like there'z hope yet for my très elderly Acer Aspire1650 from 2005 or thereabouts... It still runz XP-Pro fine; but seldom goes on-line (still has M$ virus checker etc running OK; and I use Firefox if I do put it on-line).... Perhaps I can make it dual-boot with Zorin, or mint (imperial of course)....?

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#4
March 19, 2017 at 08:58:44
trvlr... if you go with Mint, I recommend the Xfce 32-bit edition due to it's lower system requirements - 512MB RAM minimum, 1GB for "comfortable usage".

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3222

I'm still waiting for Zorin to release the LITE edition. The Education edition was released a few days ago so I'm guessing LITE will come along shortly.


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#5
March 19, 2017 at 09:48:56
Thanks to all suggestions let me think this over and decide which way to go.I do not wish to save any thing login passwords nothing just want to clear it out of everything i've done on i as easily as possible.

Davidw


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#6
March 19, 2017 at 10:31:40
If you just want to wipe it and leave devoid of an OS... simply reformat it - twice...

There are other steps you could take too - write zeros to the drive...; which makes it pretty hard from anyone (legally) to recover anything on the drive.


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#7
March 19, 2017 at 18:54:08

I was hoping just to get rid of my info easily without having to
format cause it such a hassle to reload internet explorer 8 to get updates but i guess i'm stuck with formatting and reinstalling operating system but thanks

Davidw

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#8
March 19, 2017 at 21:55:35
It might be easier to clean it up yourself--uninstall software you've added, run Ccleaner and something like malwarebytes. Delete files you've added to My Documents and in other folders that may have personal information.

If you do a format and reinstall you mentioned upgrading to IE 8. Google these files for download links:

IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exe (16,883,056)
IE8-WindowsXP-KB2618444-x86-ENU.exe (10,592,128)
IE8-WindowsXP-KB2964358-x86-custom-ENU.exe (3,317,488)

The first is the installation file for IE 8 for XP. The second is a cumulative update for IE 8 on XP. The third is an update they deemed so critical they reopened IE 8 for XP support just to add it.


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#9
March 20, 2017 at 02:23:59
thank you all DAVEINCAPS si i just decided to reformat and use you links to get every thing back up and going.Sounds to be the easiest way ty.lol wish me luck

Davidw

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