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It's a Dell Studio One 1909 with Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz CPU and 4GB Ram.
This is a workplace machine whose performance is now at the speed of molasses and no longer recognizes installed peripherals such as the printers even after attempts to uninstall/reinstall the needed software. As it is an older machine that has had a multitude of different software installed/deleted over the years, I was hoping a full format and reinstall might help with overall performance and give the computer a couple more years of functionality. This machine is mainly for document editing and workplace email for our shop foreman. The reason for sticking with Vista is all about cutting costs, I have the license and the product does the job...did anyway.
The information I have found for this system indicates there should a boot sequence on a partition that can be accessed. But when following a multitude of steps, do not reach the destination so commonly outlined where I should find a Factory Image restore. Dell no longer services this model so I was reaching out here for possible options without having to spend $ for a new OS. If I were to upgrade I would likely move away from Windows and put in a Linux based OS.
To paraphrase, from https://www.computing.net/answers/w... I do not have point 6. where I select Factory Image Restore. Am I hooped?