Dell :: OEM Vista Disk

Jun 12, 2009

I'm upgrading my laptop's hard drive soon to a Western Digital WD5000BEVT and I plan to do a clean install of vista after the hard drive swap. I know the procedure to install media direct first and everything. My question is regarding the dell vista disk. Is it free of bloatware? Once installed will I have a clean system? Or will I have to go back again and uninstall loads of crap.

I have that hard drive in my ps3 and love it. Fast, cool and quiet.

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Dell :: Vista Ultimate X64 SP1 Or SP2 Disk Part #

Jun 12, 2009

I have extended warranty so I called XPS support to replace it and they said no problem, but they would need the part number shipped w/ the XPS M1530 system.

If anyone has the part number from the bottom the the Dell Reinstall disk, or better yet, an SP2 disk, though I doubt they are shipping yet, I could sure use it. You can PM me or post it here..

I want to get it replaced b4 it goes out of warranty as I deleted my recovery partition...

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Dell :: RAM Disk On Studio 1535, Vista 32-bit

Feb 4, 2009

Might as well outline what I did. Picked up a 2Gb stick of Patriot RAM for my Studio 15, boosting total RAM in the laptop to 4 Gb.

Vistax86 can only use 3.5Gb (Task Manager showed 3518 Mb capable of being addressed, to be exact) of it, and since I plan to move to a 64-bit OS when Windows 7 SP1 comes out, I'm in a situation where I have 500 Mb of unused RAM in my setup.

I decided to use the remaining memory as a RAMDisk. Downloaded and installed DataRam's RAMDisk beta (, a tool recommended in the OCZ forums as part of a series of tweaks for Jmicron SSDs.

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Dell :: Procedure To Replace A Hard Disk And Install Vista

Jul 6, 2009

I have a 2.5 year-old Dell Inspiron 640M (the US model number might be different). I had originally purchased it for writing e-mails. Over the past 2 months, I have been using it for heavy work loads such as financial modelling.

My typical use is :
2-3 large spreadsheets open
4-5 PDFs open
8 tabs of web pages on CHROME
VLC to play music in the background.
Access + VBA editor.

Although I have 2 Gb and a 1.66GHz processor (T5500), I find the HDD LeD blinking all the time and I have to really wait for the OS to refresh the screen .....

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Dell :: Upgrading Hard Disk On Inspiron 1520 Running Vista

Jan 6, 2009

I am replacing the installed Seagate Momentus 160 gb 5400 SATA disk with a Seagate Momentus 320gb 7200rpm SATA hard disk as I need the extra space to hold my growing itunes collection and feel the extra speed would also be welcome.

I have the original Dell installation disks (Operating System, drivers etc), the installation disks for the subsequently installed software (other than the freebies including iTunes etc available on the net) and have backed up all my critical data to an external hard drive using the vista backup facility for subsequent restoration once all the software has been installed.

I will of course keep the 160 gb drive available with all it's data intact as a secondary safeguard until I have satisfactorily completed the installation and testing of the new disk.

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Acer :: Get A Clean Vista Installation Disk From Pre-installed

Feb 3, 2009

i bought an acer aspire 8930G, with pre-installed vista (should be OEM) hp and a lot of useless additional software. the note is top, the thing i hate is the pre-installed os. now i want to run a clean vista installation.

reading in several forums about that, but not found the right way to do. so i have some questions.

1. is it possible to create vista installation disk (any kind of it) from data on hidden partition (or other data from the note)?

2. how the data for this disk has to look like?

i won't buy some extra disk, because i have already payed for it as buying licence!

for question nr 3 please check this...

Vista Clean Install on Acer 5520G

3. is it true what cappuchok wrote about bogus licence keys that not working with clean install?

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Dell XPS M1530 :: Windows Vista Home Premium Repair Disk - Memory Could Not Be Read

Feb 22, 2013

My xps was having start-up issues and when trying to run the Vista Start-up Repair disk I received an error:

'The instruction at 0x7336e159 referenced memory at 0x00000076. The memory could not be read. Press CANCEL to terminate the program'.

Then at re-boot I accessed the boot menu and ran a PSA Diagnostic and received the following error code while scanning the processor memory:

' ERROR CODE: 0142  MSG: Error 2000-0142  MSG: Hard Drive 1-Self Test unsuccessful  STATUS: 79'.

I have installation disks as follows:

Dell Drivers and Utilities for XPS M1530, Dell Windows Vista Home Premium 32BIT  Reinstallation DVD, Dell Media Direct 3.5 for XPS Reinstallation Disk.

What can I do?

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HP Pavilion Dv6226us OS/Software :: Create VISTA Recovery Disk - Backup Partition Removed

Apr 8, 2014

A friend brought over her HP Pavilion dv6226us Laptop running VISTA.  The hard drive was full and the machine could not be used for anything.  Would like to wipe the dirve and start over, but need a VISTA recovery disk for the machine.  The D: partition where the  backup files from HP resides was removed from the drive so Recovery manager is not an option.  Checked the HP support site and there are not recovery disks available for HP for this model laptop with VISTA, at least when I entered all the information on the site it did not list anything.
Is there anything that can be done by copying the correct files from the WINDOWS directory on the C drive. 

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Dell Inspiron N5110 :: Make Partition For Hard Disk Without Formatting Disk

Feb 15, 2013

can i make the partition for hard disk without formatting the disk . Laptop model is dell Inspiron N5110.

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HP/Compaq :: Non-system Disk Or Disk Error8530w Elitebook

May 24, 2010

I just borrowed my laptop to a friend and he said when he tried to boot it up he go this message.

The message I get when restarting is non-system disk or disk error, press a key to continue over and over.

When I click f10 before boot up there is a harddisk test option, where it says Hard Disk test failed, no disk installed.

So is it either the harddisk or the motherboard thats a problem? AFAIK nothing new was installed leading up to this. The computer is no longer under warranty.

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HP/Compaq :: HP- Non System Disk Or Disk Error

Sep 18, 2009

I just bought the Probook 4710s 5 days ago, and some times when I try to start the computer, it just wrights on the screen Non system disk or disk error, please replace and press any key... I don't have any CD or DVD in CD/DVD unit or any USB keys... when I try to scan the hard disk it reports to me No hard disk found. Every now and than it starts Windows normaly, but it keeps repeating frequently the same boot problem and not beeing able to start my comp.

Does it mean that the hard disk is bad or broken, or it will be soon...or what? Should I return the laptop and ask for replacement?

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HP 620 Recovery :: Non-System Disk Or Disk Error

Sep 8, 2012

i have a hp 620 notebook, and it is given me an error message "non-system disk or disk error" after i turned it on. it had worked find in the morning and now it is displaying this error message and i cannot log into my notebook. i tried to recover it with hp recovery but it said "data is not valid.

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HP Pavilion Dv6000 Recovery :: Low Disk Space On Recovery Disk D Drive

Oct 17, 2011

I am so tired of receiving Low Disk Space on recovery (D). I have done everything it asked. Empty Recycle Bin which is EMPTY. I am not a computer wizard but it seems unfair that I have pay over $150.00 year to correct this problem once a year. I have checked a lot of places and it just keeps telling me the same thing. That doesn't work.
I did just install a HP wireless printer 3052A
HP Pavilion dv6000
Windows Vista (home version)

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Dell :: XPS M1530: How To Upgrade Vista Premium To Vista Business + HD Change

Jan 11, 2009

Firstly I apologize if this has been asked earlier, but I couldn't find an answer to my question. I have a 1530 on order. The OS will be Vista Premium x86. There are 2 things I need to do-

1. Upgrade the HD from a 5400 to a 7200, I have the HD.

2. Install Windows Vista Business - I have an original retail version, and I absolutely need this.

I have the Vista Business Retail DVD. What I want to do is have Windows and the dell partitions configured exactly as they came with the original computer, only with Vista Business, and on the new hard disk. I don't want to alter Media Direct, or delete the restoration partition. Everything should be the same except the Windows Versio

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Dell :: Windows Vista 32 Bit On Studio 15 Vs Vista 64 Bit

Jan 26, 2009

I bought a Dell Studio 15 (1535) from Futureshop with the following specs .....

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Acer :: Delete Vista Partitions, Format Hard Drive, Reinstall Vista ...

Feb 21, 2009


A few days ago i bought an Acer 7730 laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed and no disks. After initial hesitation i have decided to keep vista and not downgrade to XP. After all there will be more service packs and tweaking should speed it up lots anyway.

However, i really want to get rid of the three partitions on the hard drive. There is only one physical hard drive but there are three partitions; a hidden 10GB one (EISA configuration) which from what i have gathered is now obsolete, a C: partition 111.44GB and a D: partition 111.44GB. There is no need to split a drive into several partitions now that we have the NTFS file system (unless you are using multiple operating systems of course - but i am not) so this is really annoying me.

I have made the 2 recovery DVD and the 1 applications/drivers DVD. I have an old WinXP disk that i can use to format the laptop if required.


Using the recovery disks (which i'm assuming contain a copy of my bought OEM Vista that was pre-installed on the laptop), can i delete the partitions, format the hard drive and install Vista onto a single c: partition?

I've done this exact process before with WinXP hundreds of times but i'm not sure whether i can do the same for Vista with just the 3 DVD mentioned...

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Dell :: How Well Does Vista 64-bit Run Or Just Vista In General On XPS 16?

Feb 11, 2009

I just read an article and it's made me even more disappointed in Vista then i already was in it.

I'm receiving my XPS 16 next week and after reading an article pointing out it's graphical bugs, crashing issues it's made me wonder if i should put XP on there (duel boot it)

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Dell :: 1535 Won't Recognize Blu-ray Disk

Dec 29, 2008

I did some searching, but couldn't find anything directly related to this problem.
Basically -- salesmen sold me on the the "this dell has a blu-ray in it", and i'd recently upgraded to an HDMI setup for my home theater, so i though -- why the hell not.
I've never had blu-ray before, so i only have one disk - Wall-E -, and well, it won't play.
As far as i can tell -- my dell has no idea that i've just fed it a blu-ray.
What' the deuce? Does this peice of need to go back?

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Dell :: Studio 17: 1 Or 2 Disk Drives

Mar 3, 2010

I just checked out Dells web site for the Studio 17 and on the menu you can select 1 500G drive or 2 320G drives.

Does the Studio 17 have slots for two drives ??

If not, does the second drive just come in an extra box ??

What manufacture drives does Dell use these days ?

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Dell :: Hard Disk (C:) Almost Full Already?

Feb 6, 2010

i have a inspiron e1705. i dont not have many big programs. some of them include Age of Empires III and an expansion pack, itunes, garmin software for my gps, java, office (excel, powerpoint and word), firefox and ie,

wd anywhere backup, avast! anti-virus, mp3 rocket, apple qucktime, spy-bot, etc.. i am pretty sure that these are all up-to-date. i have sp 2 installed... (is there a third one?).

i also have many pictures and videos (17.3 gb for pictures, 47.4 gb for music, and 8.6gb for videos). i do not have too many documents.

i have also just recently formatted my computer. any ideas as to why it is so full, and how i can create more room? do i just have to delete some things?

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Dell :: How To Make A Recovery Disk?

Mar 18, 2009

I just got a new XPS 1530 with Vista Home Premium 64 bit. I'm told, before I do anything, I should make a Recovery Disk. How do you do that?

I think the recovery disk is used in case everything crashes.

It's different from a Boot disk (which isn't needed anymore, since you can use the OS installation disk to start Vista if needed).

Also, I'm not talking about System Restore, which reloads your system from a time before your last SW install.

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Dell :: My Studio Hard Disk..@@ Help

Sep 15, 2009

when i start my laptop i straight to media direct and it show me can't detect hard drive.

when i try to reformat, it can format it, but when i install windows. it say, some drive meet criteria can't finish installation. @@

after that i try delete my partition c:. when i recreate. it can't
after restart 1 times. and it can create partition. but it can't install windows also.

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Dell :: Disk Read Error

Jul 8, 2008

I was reformatting my iPod the other day and I left the house to go run some errands and when I got back I was greeted with the BSOD. So I just restarted my computer like always when suddenly I was greeted with this:

PBR 2... done

A disk read error has occurred
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart

So I pressed Ctrl + Alt + Del and got the same message. About 5 times later I was able to run some sort of diagnostics and it was showing something with my HDD. So I tore my computer apart and put everything back in just to see if that would work and I'm still getting the same.

Am I just screwed out of my 20GB of music and all those programs that I had on my computer or is there some sort of fix to be able to recover the data? And will I just have to cave and get a new HDD?

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Dell :: M1530 Boot Disk?

Aug 4, 2009

I am trying to create a bootable CD or bootable USB flash drive from which to run a Dell bios update.

It seems I keep getting close but then something fails.
For example, I followed these instructions but after a few seconds the Windows 98 splash screen stops moving and nothing happens.
I've tried FreeDos on a usb flash drive, but I get "Bad or missing command interpreter". I tried one suggestion from the FreeDos site but nothing changed.

I need the boot disk to downgrade from bios A12 to A09 to hopefully solve my battery charging problems. This is a known fix.

EDIT: The battery level is too low, and the bios update won't work unless the battery is at least 10% charged. Running the bios update from a boot disk with the /forceit command line argument is supposed to get around this

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Dell Inspiron 15 :: 100% Disk Usage

Dec 5, 2014

I bought four Dell Inspiron 15 this black Friday from the Microsoft Store. All four of those have the exact same problem of 100% disk usage at the start up right out of the box. I don't want to return as I am a lifelong dell user. But If there is no solution of this problem then why the <profanity> dell sold these laptops?

Here is what I have done to try and fix this problem: Used windows repair tools to check all hardware. All hardware came back okay/// Ran chkdsk /f on the drive //// Disabled windows indexing //// Turned power management to Maximum performance //// Downloaded and used the Dell tools to update all drivers //// Checked programs and removed all unnecessary programs //// Used MSCONFIG to remove certain programs from the startup and from running in the background //// Tried Microsoft Fix It to improve performance //// Nothing works.

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Oct 16, 2013

I am planning to buy New Dell Inspiron 15 series 7000. I would want to replace the harddisk with SSD by next year or so. But i wanted to know if i can have SSD along with hard disk in this laptop.

I wanted both good performance along with large storage. So i was wondering if i can have two disks at once.

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Nov 23, 2014

I have a new XPS 15 laptop and the card reader is not recognizing the pictures on the card.  I did get it to read it last night but today it will not read.

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Mar 10, 2008

I need help deciding which HD drives to order on my new m1730.
7,200 200 gB vs 5,400 320 gB drives?

I have seen the thread on 7,200 vs 5,400 HD drives already. Does anyone know which brands/models Dell is shipping with new m1730's?

According to a sales rep who checked with technical support Dell is not using the Samsung spinpoint 320 gB hard disk drive.

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Jul 13, 2009

none of my game discs or dvds or cds fit inside my laptops tray... the ball inside is too big to fit inside the hole on the dvd

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Feb 15, 2009

My new Studio XPS 13 hard disk often emits a beeping noise when it is being accessed. Is this normal behaviour and can I turn it off?

I noticed the beeping from the first time I turned it on. The beeping only occurs once Vista is booted (i.e. not while booting up), and when performing tasks like copying files or running a virus scan.

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