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Windows 7: Wiping Out Everything on Dell XPS 8100 Desktop

25 Oct 2014   #31
gregrocker

 

I explained to reboot and tap F12 to choose Dell Diagnostics, see if it will run to completion and what it says about your hardware.

Then repeat and look for Utility Partition to see if it has more Diagnostics choices to run.

If either or both run then you'll want to save the utility partition. Look at it now in Disk Mgmt so you know where it will be when you are doing the reinstall and using the Drive Options in Steps 7/8 of Clean Install Windows 7 to delete partitions and create new one(s) in their place.


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25 Oct 2014   #32
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Restarted it and pressed f12


Please select boot device

Cd/dvd1-hl-dt-st DVD+/-rw gh5
RAID: WDC WD5000AAKS-75VOA
Diagnostics
Boot to utility partition
enter setup


Thats what i see. Currently typing this on the laptop at the moment.
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25 Oct 2014   #33
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Clicked on diagnostics now and waiting.
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25 Oct 2014   #34
gregrocker

 

Observe results of Diagnostics tests.

Then after it completes try Boot to Utility partition and each option that gives you. Take note of the extra diagnostics it may offer. These are valuable and should cause you to keep the Utility partition during the reinstall. No other partitions will work after install so they can all be deleted, replaced with a new partition(s) or two if you want data.
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25 Oct 2014   #35
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

No problems have been found on system so far. Do you want to run the remaining memory tests? This will take about 30 minutes or more. Do you want to continu? (Recommended)

Yes or no
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25 Oct 2014   #36
gregrocker

 

Up to you. It's never wasted time testing your hardware, and it's free.
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25 Oct 2014   #37
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

okay will do so now.
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25 Oct 2014   #38
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Preboot system assessement completed. NO diagnositc utility partition identified. Please select okay to reboot the system.
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25 Oct 2014   #39
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

So do i f12 again and click on diagnostics or not anymore because of this message?
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25 Oct 2014   #40
gregrocker

 

I'm not understanding. I thought it was already testing hardware. Did Diagnostics run but now you are trying to access Utility partition via F12?

If it won't run Diagnostics then that error indicates the Utility partition has been deleted. That's why I asked you several times to check in Disk Mgmt to see if it is there which would have saved having to test it via F12.
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