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# 223227 20-Sep-2017 09:50
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Hi,

 

is it a good idea/ possible to reformat laptop without CD ?

 

what things i need to take note of ?

 

 

 

Thanks





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  # 1869089 20-Sep-2017 10:38
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You can download a recovery image from their support page (google is your friend)


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  # 1869091 20-Sep-2017 10:39
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Os? If it's on windows 8+ you can usually do a fresh install. With Windows 10 it's a breeze.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1869094 20-Sep-2017 10:41
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Dell are pretty good.

 

Download Network drivers from their Support page (use your Service Tag to get the right drivers) before you format and put them on a USB key.

 

Format, reinstall Windows, Install network, go back to their webpage and use the 'Detect' feature and it will find and install all the drivers you need.

 

 




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  # 1869916 21-Sep-2017 08:16
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I did follow all steps from dell website.

 

Downloaded on USB drive and when i plug that into the laptop i want to reinstall os, it does not recognize it.

 

Kept on saying about GPT and MBR partitions.

 

could not get pass through that.

 

Now when i plug it in today, i dont even see the option to select my drive to boot from...

 

 

 

how do i start this process form scratch ?

 

as my usb does not showup on my system





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  # 1869929 21-Sep-2017 08:38
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When you downloaded to the USB, did it run any software to make the USB bootable, or did you just copy files to it?

 

The USB needs to be bootable.

 

 

 

What model is the notebook? I can have a look at the Dell support site.




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  # 1870002 21-Sep-2017 09:46
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trig42:

 

When you downloaded to the USB, did it run any software to make the USB bootable, or did you just copy files to it?

 

The USB needs to be bootable.

 

 

 

What model is the notebook? I can have a look at the Dell support site.

 

 

 

 

i downloaded its Dell OS Recovery tool and followed those steps.

 

Dell latitude E6530





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  # 1870004 21-Sep-2017 09:50
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FIRSTLY - What OS are we talking about? Is that the original OS, if not what was the original OS?





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  # 1870005 21-Sep-2017 09:50
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Batman:

 

FIRSTLY - What OS are we talking about?

 

 

 

 

Windows 7





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  # 1870006 21-Sep-2017 09:51
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Is that the original OS?





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  # 1870007 21-Sep-2017 09:52
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What edition of windows 7, is it 32 bit or 64 bit? What have you downloaded onto the USB??





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  # 1870010 21-Sep-2017 09:56
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Is it trying UEFI boot or Legacy Boot (or does it even have those options)?

 

The dell tools create a bootable USB - is your USB seen in Windows?




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  # 1870015 21-Sep-2017 10:01
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Batman:

 

Is that the original OS?

 

 

Yes,

 

 

 

i load my service tag on that dell software and it gave me only one option

 

Windows 7 Sp1 professional 64 bit

 

Download size 7.06 gb





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  # 1870021 21-Sep-2017 10:13
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 Trouble uploading image, showing the following message for 10 minnutes

 

Uploading...
No files uploaded

 

 

 

Here is what i see when i tap F12 while restarting

 

Boot mode is set to: UEFI; Secure Boot: OFF

 

Legacy Boot:

 

        Internal HDD

 

        USB Storage Device

 

        Cd /DVD drive

 

       On board NIC

 

Other Options:

 

              BIOS Setup

 

              Device Configuration

 

              Diagnostics

 

              Change Boot Mode settings

 

 

 

So when i choose USB Storage device, Next screen shows " Invalid partition table!

 

 





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  # 1870065 21-Sep-2017 10:46
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Did you create a bootable usb drive?

I'm surprised Windows 7 device has UEFI. I thought it only started with Windows 8.




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  # 1870084 21-Sep-2017 10:58
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Something not right with the USB stick then.

 

When I had similar issues (needing to create a UEFI boot stick) I used Rufus (free download) to create a bootable UEFI stick, then just copied the contents from the boot dick I already had. If dell offer an ISO (disk image) you could get it to create the stick using the ISO, but I just copied the files over.


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