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Can I wipe out my laptop and start again without the original disks?

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Done all the time. All you need to have is a windows or (other OS such as Linux) cd or dvd. For windows you can download the drivers from Dell support, save to a usb flash drive. Boot from the CD, and when you get to the part where it asks about paritians tell it to format. that wipes out everything and give you a good drive setup to start off with. Windows will continue to install and about 40 minutes later boot up. Now you stick in the usb drive (you only need a small one of these to hold all the available drivers). First run any motherboard or INF installs. This will tell windows what the hardware is. Next i usually do the video so I can see what is happening. Then network so I can download stuff if needed. After that point you can do the rest in any order. Once you have that installed you can install normal programs such as office etc.

The trick is to have everything you need before you start. Then you are just feeding it disks. It will take a few hours but you can get it setup just the way you want and it will be nice and fast again.

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Yes if you go to the dell website you can either download the discs to another source zip drive or burn to cd or w/e or you can give them your computer information and they will mail them to you otherwise any windows or operating software will prompt you to delete the old partition or make a new one open installation


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You'll at least need an operating system on a disc. This doesnt have to be brand specific.You can manually obtain all the drivers but unfortunately, you at least need a retail copy of an OS. You can buy it from a local computer software store (officemax, bestbuy, walmart (maybe) etc...

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Hi,
Yes you can but you would still need an operating system to install on it. A copy of windows at least. For cheap on craigslist or ebay you can pick up a dell disk that has windows on it. This makes it very easy and usually you don't even have to enter a key when you have the dell disk and are installing it on a dell.
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