Originally Posted by AlleyCat
My new roommate's computer is so virus-infected and messed up that I'm going to re-write the hard drive for him. He, however, lost all the original CDs that came with his Dell computer. I own a Dell laptop - and we think his computer and my old laptop are roughly the same age - about 4 years old. Is it feasible to think I could use my basic install CD from my Dell laptop to rewrite his Dell computer hard drive? I know there would be drivers missing, etc., like for his monitor, and I can address those later (like download drivers, etc. off my new computer and bring those over to his computer?) Is there a better solution than what I'm thinking of?
This is going to be easy, if you have ANY OS installation files in the CD - doesn't matter what kind. Use the F12 or whatever to enter the system boot...once the installation has been re-installed and the HDD will be automatically re-formatted. SInce you said that the computers are from DELL.
Well, good news -- every DELL computer have a service tag registered to the PC's (Which I found on my parent's 3 and half years old Dell PC when I restored the PC) the registered service tag number can be manually found in the back of the PC tower or you can let the DELL website automatically find the tag for you, it will find it and take you to the SPECIFIC model that the computer have, ALL drivers that has been lost after the re-installation is already in the DELL website system ready for you to be restored.
And, yes it is free, but you won't be able to get internet connectivity when you restore the computer so you will need to copy the necessary files for the network port or wireless drivers into a USB flash drive and then install it in the computer then you will be able to connect the internet, where you would be able to download all necessary drivers form the dell website.