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I need to reformat my dell latitude 120l pc notebook without using a disk. how can i do that?

How do i reformat a dell labtop latitude 1201 without using a disk?? i have one of the disk that came with my labtp but it takes two.

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  • marc pete May 26, 2009

    it originally came with windows xp i bought it from my school itt tech

  • marc pete May 26, 2009

    do i power on the labtop first?

  • marc pete May 26, 2009

    Sorry holding down the control button and tapping the f11 key doesn't pull anything up but the main screen to the dell notebook.

  • marc pete May 27, 2009

    i only have the operating system cd

  • marc pete May 27, 2009

    THANKS.... DO OU THINK IF I CALL DELL THEY WILL SEND ME THE OTHER CD'S TO CONTINUE THE REFORMATING PROCESS?

  • marc pete May 27, 2009

    OKAY.... SO CAN YOU GIVE ME THE STEPS SO I CAN GET THIS PROCESS STARTED BECAUSE MY DELL IS IN A COMPLETE MESS SINCE I LET FRIENDS USE IT. SO I NEED IT RETORED TO FACTORY SETTINGS LOL!!

  • marc pete May 27, 2009

    THANKS ALOT BUT I JUST VISITED DELL WEBSITE AND I NOTICED THAT MY NOTEBOOK IS IN WARRANTY FOR 53 MORE DAYS. SO IM GOING TO SEND IT IN AND HAVE THEM FIX IT CAUSE I HAVE ALOT OF PROBLEMS WITH IT. AGAIN THANKS ALOT I NOW WHO TO ASK IN THE FUTURE WHEN I HAVE MORE COMPUTER PROBLEMS.

  • marc pete May 27, 2009

    I STILL HAVE A WARRANTY ON MY DELL SO IM GOING TO SEND IT IN TOMORROW SOMETIME....THANKS ALOT

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    yes but at a charge since the laptop is out of warranty, but honestly all you need is the drivers off of there website to install the hardware that xp doesn't recognize and then the programs you want to install back onto the laptop.




  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    go into the BIOS and in the boot options choose the cd-rom as your first boot device. save the changes and exit so that way the system will boot up off of the operating system cd.

    Let it go thru the install and once the OS is installed then we can install the device drivers for your hardware and then go from there.




  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    okay so the internal restore isn't on the hard drive. What cd's do you have? Hopefully you have at the very least the operating system cd and the drivers and utilities cd.




  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    yes turn on the laptop first.




  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    when you turn on the laptop hold down the Ctrl button and keep pressing the F11 key and see if that brings you into the onboard system factory restore.




  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Did it originally have windows xp or vista installed?




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Not a problem, I'll help you thru it. What we need to do is boot up off of the cd so we can install the operating system.

Then we need to install drivers once all of that is done.

Then at that point we will verify that all the hardware is installed and from there you can on your own install the programs that you might have that you want put back on there.


Posted on May 27, 2009

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 27, 2009

    Were you able to start reinstalling windows XP yet?

    Remember make sure in the BIOS that the cd-rom drive is the first boot device.





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