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Windows 7: Clean Restore Windows 7 On My XPS 8100 Desktop?

28 Mar 2019   #1
paulyjames

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Clean Restore Windows 7 On My XPS 8100 Desktop?

I have an old dell xps 8100 desktop bought back in 2010. Back then it was very fast and i haven't used it in a while. It does not have an ssd and only 4gb of ram. I do have an extra ssd as well but did not put it there.


I want to do a clean reinstall of windows 7 on this desktop and make it like if its a new computer. I have done this a few years ago but the issue is i did it incorrectly because it still has old files because when i click on local disk it shows 416gb free of 465gb free. So basically i did clean reinstall but i didn't wipe everything out.


Can someone tell me how i can do this? Also i do not have the old windows 7 cd or anything like that. I do have the product key sticker, service tag and express service code. I also bought a usb wifi adapter tp link recently because i cannot connect this to the modem for wired internet because this desktop is in the 1st floor whereas the modem is in the 2nd floor. So is there any steps on how i can do this? How long would the process be and if you do it correctly, it should be pretty fast? Right now its lagging a lot when clicking on things.


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29 Mar 2019   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi paulyjames,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
I have an old dell xps 8100 desktop bought back in 2010. Back then it was very fast and I haven't used it in a while.

I want to do a clean reinstall of windows 7 on this desktop and make it like if its a new computer.

I do not have the old windows 7 cd or anything like that. I do have the product key sticker, service tag and express service code.

So is there any steps on how I can do this?
How long would the process be and if you do it correctly, it should be pretty fast?
Have you still got the recovery partition [reset to factory]?

Restore Factory Image From The Recovery Partition [Dell Computer]

IMPORTANT: Using the Factory Tools or Backup and Recovery Manager software will restore your computer back to its factory default settings. During this process, it will delete EVERYTHING on the HDD [files, folders, programs, drivers, photos, music etc]. Therefore it is imperative that you backup anything that you want to keep BEFORE you continue.

[01] Power off the computer and remove any attached devices [scanners, printers, external HDDís, USBís etc]. If the computer is a desktop, then obviously leave the keyboard and mouse attached.
[02] Boot the computer.
[03] When the Dell logo appears, continually press the F8 key to boot into the Advanced Boot Options menu.
[04] Use the arrow keys to navigate to the Repair Your Computer option, and then press Enter. The System Recovery Options screen will now open.
[05] Select your keyboard layout, and then click Next. The Administrator login prompt will now be displayed.
[06] Login as Administrator [or as a local user with administrative rights], and then click OK.

NOTE: Use the drop down menu to the right of Username: to select the local user or the Administrator account and enter the password for that account. If you have not set up a password on the local user account then leave the password space empty and click OK.

[07] Depending on your model configuration, you will either need to click the Dell Factory Image Restore option, or, click Dell Factory Tools and then click Dell Factory Image Restore from the Dell Factory Tools menu. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion screen will now be displayed.
[08] Click the check box for, Yes. Reformat Hard Drive and Restore System Software to Factory Condition., and then click Next.

NOTE: The restore to factory condition process will now begin. When the process is complete [it will take several minutes], a message will appear saying that the process was successful. The OS and factory-installed applications are now in the exact same OOBE [Out Of Box Experience] state as they were when it was brand new.

[09] Click Finish to reboot the computer.

Thatís it!
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29 Mar 2019   #3
paulyjames

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

By the recovery partition you mean this thing i downloaded to my usb drive? If so i did download something like that a while back


I dont believe i have the windows 7 cd.


The thing is this. Last time i did clean reinstall a few times. What i messed up each time was when it ask me to delete partition or something like that, im sure i followed the instructions but what then happened was everything was not completely wiped off my computer which is what i want. Is that why my desktop windows 7 lags so much? It not only lags it freezes a lot when i click on things. Now it doesn't have ssd installed and only has 4gb ram and a 500gb hard drive, but back then when i used it all the way in 2010, it was not this slow when i got it new.
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29 Mar 2019   #4
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi paulyjames,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
By the recovery partition you mean this thing I downloaded to my usb drive?
The recovery partition [reset to factory] is a seperate partition on your HDD. If you still have it, you can access it and do a clean install from it. You computer will be like you have just bought it!

What exactly did you download and where did you download it from?

Please do the following.

Disk Management

Can you post a screenshot of the Disk Management please => Click Start => right-click Computer => click Manage => click Disk Management.

Screenshots And Files - Upload And Post In SevenForums

This tutorial [Published by Brink] will show you how to upload the file => Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in SevenForums.

I hope this helps!
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29 Mar 2019   #5
paulyjames

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I downloaded the drivers? This was many years ago back in 2014 i believe. I remember someone said to download certain drivers and put it on usb drive. It was under 4gb i recalled. Then when i did the clean reinstall of windows 7, i installed something with that usb?


Again this was a while back. So is it different now?
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29 Mar 2019   #6
paulyjames

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Okay i will post a screenshot of it.
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29 Mar 2019   #7
paulyjames

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

okay here it is. I am posting this from the windows 7 desktop computer. Previously i was posting from my dell laptop.


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29 Mar 2019   #8
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi paulyjames,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
I am posting this from the windows 7 desktop computer. Previously I was posting from my dell laptop.
[1] Is that a screenshot of the Disk Management for the old dell xps 8100 desktop?
[2] Did you try the Restore Factory Image From The Recovery Partition [Dell Computer] in post #2?
[3] What is on D:\CD449A4?
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29 Mar 2019   #9
paulyjames

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

1. Yes that is. I was on the windows 7 dell xps 8100 desktop when i posted that screenshot. I took a picture of it and pasted it then posted it.


2. No i did not because you wanted me to send pic of the disk management first so i didnt do that yet.


3. Oh. That is because i had a tp link cd rom in it because i installed a usb wifi adapter to it because im using wifi to connect via desktop. Reason because modem is on 2nd floor and the desktop is on the 1st floor.
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29 Mar 2019   #10
paulyjames

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Here is the disk management now after i took out that cd.


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