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Windows 7: Nothing will open (programs, files, etc..)

22 Mar 2013   #61
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, if you can do it remotely, go ahead. I am going to bed in a few minutes anyhow.


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22 Mar 2013   #62
Stevethaboss

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can also try tapping the F8 key to get into Repair My Computer, Choose Dell Factory Recovery and see if the Dell DataSafe Options allow you to back up your files first. It should present a menu of files to choose.

Here are the steps from the Dell site for the Inspiron:
Quote:
To restore your computer to the original factory installation, follow these steps:
1. Turn on the computer, after the Dell logo press F8 key repeatedly until the
Advanced Boot Options menu (Advanced Startup Options). 2. In Advanced Boot Options, highlight Repair Your Computer and press Enter. 3. Click Next and logon to the administrator account in the computer. 4. Click Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe Options; Follow the directions provided.
Source: Dell Windows 7 PC Restore
I would be very hesitant to rely on that. I have made very bad experience with that and once lost all my files.
geez.. Ugh I dont know what I should do now..
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23 Mar 2013   #63
Stevethaboss

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Greg, if you can do it remotely, go ahead. I am going to bed in a few minutes anyhow.
I am able to burn files onto the discs. Is there any files that are 100% necessary in order to fix my computer in the end like when we reinstall the OS?
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23 Mar 2013   #64
Stevethaboss

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can also try tapping the F8 key to get into Repair My Computer, Choose Dell Factory Recovery and see if the Dell DataSafe Options allow you to back up your files first. It should present a menu of files to choose.

Here are the steps from the Dell site for the Inspiron:
Quote:
To restore your computer to the original factory installation, follow these steps:
1. Turn on the computer, after the Dell logo press F8 key repeatedly until the
Advanced Boot Options menu (Advanced Startup Options). 2. In Advanced Boot Options, highlight Repair Your Computer and press Enter. 3. Click Next and logon to the administrator account in the computer. 4. Click Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe Options; Follow the directions provided.
Source: Dell Windows 7 PC Restore
I am able to burn files onto the discs. Is there any files that are 100% necessary in order to fix my computer in the end like when we reinstall the OS?
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23 Mar 2013   #65
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You should only burn your own data files to DVD - no system files.
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23 Mar 2013   #66
Stevethaboss

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You should only burn your own data files to DVD - no system files.
Okay sweet. the next step now that I have my files on the disks?
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23 Mar 2013   #67
gregrocker

 

Put the disks in another PC and scan them for viruses using Malwarebytes and the PC's AV. Then check that the files are intact and will open.

Once you visually confirm that your files are there, you can continue with Dell Windows 7 PC Restore having it wipe your HD to completely reinstall the OS.

But once again, this is the factory preinstalled Win7 which is not the best install, so after it's set up I would Clean Up Factory Bloatware to optimize your System.

Or if you want to do the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 we can help you with that.
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23 Mar 2013   #68
Stevethaboss

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Put the disks in another PC and scan them for viruses using Malwarebytes and the PC's AV. Then check that the files are intact and will open.

Once you visually confirm that your files are there, you can continue with Dell Windows 7 PC Restore having it wipe your HD to completely reinstall the OS.

But once again, this is the factory preinstalled Win7 which is not the best install, so after it's set up I would Clean Up Factory Bloatware to optimize your System.

Or if you want to do the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 we can help you with that.
Okay.. I just found a cd that came with my laptop. Its Green and says "Reinstallation DVD" Operating System on the top then under it says already installed on your computer.. Do I need to use this ?
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23 Mar 2013   #69
gregrocker

 

A Dell Reinstallation DVD is a clean copy of Win7 with only activation and a Dell logo added, so it will not have any of the pre-installed crapware. However unless it says SP1 on it I would instead use the most recent official Win7 installer for your version in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. This will save hours of updating if the DVD doesn't have SP1.

Did you locate the installers and Product Keys for your paid software which you'll need to reinstall afterwards?

Look over the steps for the Reinstall to see if you have everything needed for your backup, then ask back any questions to make absolutely sure before you boot the disk, delete all partitions and create new one(s) as you wish to reinstall.

Be sure to put your wireless driver in your backup so if it isn't provided during install you can get online quickly afterward to do all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3). This is very important as it will provide critical Security and Performance Updates and most of your latest drivers during these repeated rounds of Updates, after which each will request a restart.

One other thing I would do before reinstall is to run Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run
to check over your hardware to make sure its all good. If this will run then I would save only the tiny Dell OEM partition at the end of the drive, but you do not need to save the Recovery or any other partition and should delete them during install as Recovery will no longer run after a Clean Reinstall.

If you'd prefer to run Factory recovery from its partition then you have the steps for that too, and I see Wolfgang is here to help you.
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23 Mar 2013   #70
Stevethaboss

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
A Dell Reinstallation DVD is a clean copy of Win7 with only activation and a Dell logo added, so it will not have any of the pre-installed crapware. However unless it says SP1 on it I would instead use the most recent official Win7 installer for your version in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. This will save hours of updating if the DVD doesn't have SP1.

Did you locate the installers and Product Keys for your paid software which you'll need to reinstall afterwards?

Look over the steps for the Reinstall to see if you have everything needed for your backup, then ask back any questions to make absolutely sure before you boot the disk, delete all partitions and create new one(s) as you wish to reinstall.

Be sure to put your wireless driver in your backup so if it isn't provided during install you can get online quickly afterward to do all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3). This is very important as it will provide critical Security and Performance Updates and most of your latest drivers during these repeated rounds of Updates, after which each will request a restart.

One other thing I would do before reinstall is to run Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run
to check over your hardware to make sure its all good. If this will run then I would save only the tiny Dell OEM partition at the end of the drive, but you do not need to save the Recovery or any other partition and should delete them during install as Recovery will no longer run after a Clean Reinstall.

If you'd prefer to run Factory recovery from its partition then you have the steps for that too, and I see Wolfgang is here to help you.
What is the wireless driver and how do i put it in the backup?
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