How to get ownership transfer papers

January 1, 2017 at 15:21:59
Specs: Windows Vista
I purchased this Dell Dimension 2400 at an Auction. I would like to reformat it back to factory specifications. I need the ownership transfer papers to fill out. iThanks

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January 1, 2017 at 16:38:10
It's a 10-12 year old computer. What do you plan to do with it? And why do you feel you need "ownership transfer papers"? A factory reset is usually done by triggering the recovery partition on the original HDD. All you have to do is press Ctrl + F11 at startup. You will likely end up with WinXP. If the HDD was changed, you will have to procure a new OS disc so that you can do a clean install. The motherboard only supports a max of 2GB RAM & has only standard PCI slots for graphics upgrades, so it's not a good candidate for Win7 or newer. But you might be able to get one of the Linux versions to run on it reasonably well.

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January 1, 2017 at 17:34:54
Talk to the auction people, BEFORE you pay for it. After, they won't be motivated to help.

Probably too late for that idea though.

According to Dell, Vista is not supported on a Dimension 2400, so are you in the right forum to start with? As this is the XP forum.

Factory specifications won't be possible due to the Dell hidden partition which only Dell used to create on these for XP boxes when sold new. No way to do that now, they never offered a CD/DVD that could do it outside their factory. It always was a once and once only deal.

You'll have to buy XP on eBay for peanuts and install it without the Dell hidden partition/restore dealeo which certainly is not like factory specifications. When you get your OEM XP CD from eBay be sure it comes with the product key as this is the ownership part you seem to be asking about. And you'll need it to properly activate your OS with microsoft after installation.

My CD for my Dell Dimension 2400 looks exactly like this one,

But mine was purchased from a used computer retailer with the OS already installed. I have since installed the OS on several other hard drives so that method certainly works.

The first link offered is where you can download drivers for XP OS, be sure to check your BIOS version, A05 is the latest.


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January 1, 2017 at 20:52:36
I never heard of 'ownership transfer papers' related to buying a used computer. Auction houses are usually third party sellers and have little to no knowledge of the items they sell. Your auction receipt is likely the only official transfer paper you'll get.

I think it's a good idea to first try cleaning up the system yourself. Uninstall software you don't want. Run malware and anti-virus software to clean out any infections. If it does have vista on it then it was upgraded and you'll likely want to keep what you've got now. I tried to upgrade one of those to windows 7 but failed because of a lack of drivers.

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