Question about Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop
Backed up programs and documents already, want to wipe out hard drive and reboot with original system cd's. Not sure if i have to, because seems to work fine once I go to restore point, and after three tries, back to normal mode. right now I have diabled the system configuration utility, and was able to get back online... but I am not sure for how long because the internet freezes 30 to 60min. after I have been online. I just want to reset this computer back to normal not worring about the rest of the contents.
These desktops came woefully short on ram,so i would upgrade if i where you.
You seem to know what you are doing,so I'll just agree with you, and say Re-install fresh.
But remember not to have the internet cat5 cable hooked up until you have some kind of anti virus installed,,i personally use AVIR.
So download and copy to a CDRW so you can install before connecting to the internet.
P.S. i also use Zonealarm firewall software (in my opinion it is the best) Set your pc to boot from CD just hit F8 or F10 as it is booting up to get the boot order screen.
Then have the WinXp cd installed in the drive as its booting.
P.S. When you are updating windows,,do not allow Service pack three to install unless you have lots of Ram installed, because it will slow your PC down to a crawl.
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
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Use a memory device such as a rewritable DVD or external hard drive to back up the data you need to save from your eMachines computer. Any data that isn't saved to an external source will be erased when the computer is restored to factory settings.
Remove any discs that are in the optical drive and unplug the computer's peripheral devices, such as an Ethernet cable or scanner. Do not disconnect the keyboard and mouse. Bring up the "Start" menu and choose "All Programs."
Navigate to "eMachines" and then "eMachines Recovery Management." Click the tab labeled "Restore," which is located at the top of the window.
Click "Password Settings" if you have not already set a recovery password. Type a new password in the text box and then click "OK." Click "Restore System to Factory Default."
Type the recovery password and click "OK." Click "Next" to wipe the eMachines computer's hard drive and begin the recovery process.
Select "Finish" and wait for the eMachines computer to restart. Use the series of installation prompts that appears on the screen to create a new user account for your operating system, set the system date and time, and set up your Internet settings.
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