Dell Inspiron 530 format and reinstall

  Eileanbeag 11:40 20 Jun 2011

I have Dell Inspiron 530 with Windows Vista. I want to format and reinstall but the return to Factory Settings option has become corrupted. I have all original discs. Dell won't help unless I pay for software advice. I have looked at the drivers and utilities but there seem to be forty or fifty driverfs in a zip files. How do I find what drivers I will need after reinstalling the system?

  Taff™ 12:06 20 Jun 2011

In the collection of Dell Discs is there one labelled as the operating system or recovery disc?

  Eileanbeag 12:44 20 Jun 2011

Yes - Operating System and also External Recovery; the third is Drivers and Utilities

  Taff™ 12:59 20 Jun 2011

First of all back up all your data to an external drive!

Put the recovery disc into the computer CD drive and reboot from the disc. You may have to get the boot options screen first to do this or enter the BIOS to change the boot order. Once it boots from the DVD you should get the options to restore to factory defaults.

  Eileanbeag 13:06 20 Jun 2011

And will this work even if the Section on the computer (D drive) is corrupt? I have my backup running continuously so that is not a problem but I would be lost if I cannot get my computer up and running again

  Taff™ 14:32 20 Jun 2011

When you say the D drive I'm not sure what you mean. If the hidden partition, which isn't usually labelled, is corrupt and you can see a D drive then it`s probably a partition of your HDD. Right click it and you should see the size.

The recovery disc supplied by Dell will return it to factory defaults and then the Driver disc will give us any missing drivers and applications but you will have to reload any other programs you use like Office for example.

  Eileanbeag 15:05 20 Jun 2011

The D Drive is partition of C Drive, 9.99 gigabytes. It contains file called Dell containing factory image. I clicked on this and it seems that this will indeed restore to Factory conditions. Many thanks for your help.

  Eileanbeag 15:24 20 Jun 2011

Unhappily this is not the answer. PC Recovery on D Partition is corrupted so that is no use

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:44 20 Jun 2011

Format and reinstall from the Operating System Disk

For any drivers that are missing - click update driver and click on Install from specific location and browse to the CD drive.

With the drivers disk in the drive windows will search the drive for the required driver.

  Eileanbeag 15:52 20 Jun 2011

Thanks for all your help.

  Taff™ 16:08 20 Jun 2011

Thanks Fruit Bat /\0/\ I had to pop out!

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