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Reinstall system How do I reinstall our Dimension 5100 Dell Desktop back to it's original state? Our son has messed it all up and now I can no longer burn cd's and when I try to bring up anything that has microsoft on it it tells me that I am not connected to the internet when I am? I do not know a lot about computers and need help please!

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Re: Reinstall system

Solution depends on what CDs you got from Dell. Generally you are best off doing a Windows XP repair install from the CD. Follow these instructions and you should get a working version of windows and still keep all your programs, documents and settings.

If you have a system restore CD you could loose all your data and settings so use this carefully.

You could try typing sfc /scannow into the run box (Start, Run) and this should repair damaged files. Errors with the internet connection can be caused by viruses or spyware. Try a trial version of Nod32 from
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Most computers you buy from vendors come with what is called a "recovery disk" it is a disk that restores the operating system to how it was when it was originally shipped. Before using the recovery disk make sure to backup all important files to another location (to cd/dvd or in this case to an external hard drive, usb drive or other computer). Once all important files and information is backed up use the recovery cd to recover the operating system.

If the recovery cd has been lost or was never shipped, call Dell and ask for their advice. If they are unable to to send a recovery cd for your system or support for that system has been discontinued, proceed to a local PC repair shop and be prepared to pay some $$$ for them to do what I suggested.

Good luck.

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