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Reformatting I had te directions to reformatting my Dell Deimension 4600 PC Desktop computer but I somehow miss placed it. My computer is not acting so well and I want to reformat it. Can you tell me how to reformat my computer?

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I assume you want to reformat it and then reinstall some sort of operating system. The esiest way to do this is to reformat it during the reinstallation of the operating system. If you are using Windows XP, it gives you the option of using FAT32 or NTFS file system to format the drive. If you are using Windows 98 or ME, you can boot to the CD and use the fdisk/format commands found on the CD.

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Clean my PC

Over time a computer may experience a debilitating virus infection, system error or hard drive error rendering it unusable. Perform a restore on a Dell Dimension 4600 to resolve any problems the computer may encounter. The restoration will return the computer to the original operating condition, but all the software and other data stored to the hard drive will be erased during the process.

Connect the external hard drive to the computer and wait for its folder to appear on the desktop. Copy and paste any valuable data, documents, photos or other files you want to save to the external hard drive's folder. Right-click the folder and choose "Eject" once the backup is complete. Remove any hardware devices, such as printers, MP3 players, scanners and PDAs, from the computer as they can be damaged during the restoration. Restart the computer and press the "F8" key when the Dell logo appears on the screen during the startup process. The "Advanced Boot Options Menu" will appear. Use the arrow keys to select the "Repair Your Computer" option and press "Enter." Select the language settings for your computer and click "Next." Log in with an administrator account and click "OK." Click on the "Dell Factory Image Restore" icon. Click "Next" in the window that appears and click the box for "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition." Click "Next" to begin the restore process. The utility will return the computer to the factory settings and reformat the hard drive. Click "Finish" to restart the computer with the new operating condition in place.

Feb 26, 2013 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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I cannot install new software on my desktop computer after i have reformatted it.

The operating system is missing on it. Please get it loaded and then it will work.

Jul 01, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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My dell dimension 4600 desktop always resets itself. When i open my documents or any other program, the desktop clears out and closes the programs.

When you say, resets, do you mean it restarts itself? as in shut down and reboot? or, do you mean it is closing the program and going back to your desktop?

IF it is rebooting itself, that could be a faulty memory chip. If you noticed any blue screens or freezing, that would also indicate faulty memory...


IF its just closing the program and returning to windows, it COULD be a faulty program, or a virus infection or spyware infection.

If that were MY machine, I would move all my stuff to MY DOCUMENTS and back it up to a flash drive. Then, I would locate my discs and reformat the machine or take it to a shop to reformat.

If upon reformatting, the issues persist, id replace the RAM and possibly replace the system board. BUT, since the Dimension 4600 id rather old, I would consider replacing the tower with another used one from a local mom and pop PC shop. they are about 100 bucks, and, you can usually get your data and extra drives moved over to the new machine for a few bucks more.

Nov 18, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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I have a reformatted hard drive in a Dell dimension 43000. Now on turning on I get NTLDR is missing message. If I use F2 or F12 to try & correct the set up the USB keyboard stops working so I am then...

Reinstall the Operating system (Windows). Missing file is from there. Many computers don't switch on USB when in BIOS - borrow a keyboard with a standard PS/2 plug on it, but the USB will be fine once the Operating System is reinstalled.

Oct 27, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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My Dell Dimension 4600 needs to be reformatted. The Dell reinstallation OS disk boots up and gets as far as "Windows Enter to continue". Then it freezes. I have tried using both the original...

Before you go ahead and try reformatting the system , Please disconnect everything from the system (Except Mouse, Keyboard and screen)
and then try to use the disc to reformat the system. and if it still hangs up or freezes up that clearly seems to be a hard drive failure.

Hope this help.

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The SAM hive is the security function of Windows XP. I am surprised that you can boot to Windows at all. From your description, it sounds like you have a virus infection.

Since you cannot access the internet or run any programs, it may be simpler to just try to re-image the system.

If your system is a Dell 4600 it should be equipped with PC Restore (At boot, just after the Dell screen, you should have a black screen with a blue bar across the top for about 1 second) when that screen appears, press CNTL+F11 and you should be able to re-image your system. (This will wipe out all data, but should get the viruses too)

If that fails, or you don't have a Dell, the boot to your XP CD and reformat the HDD and install a clean copy of XP

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Had to reboot and somehow driver for windows media says can not play no driver for speaker was installed

Over here:

Audio - audio device - drivers. are what you need.
Speakers don't need drivers the sound device needs them

If you need anything else let me know

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i think u need 2 reformat your computer..

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