Posted 26 December 2005 - 06:46 PM
Posted 26 December 2005 - 06:56 PM
If you are using a dell recovery disk, it will re-create the windows install as if it is straight from the factory.
When you installed two version several months ago, you missed the step where it said to delete the exisitng windows installation, I suspect.
without reinventing the wheel, here's as good a tutorial as any
Posted 27 December 2005 - 06:57 PM
Windows XP - Home edition
Integrated Intel Extreme 3D Graphics
512 KB L2 cache
Cache per processor size
Data bus speed
Posted 27 December 2005 - 07:16 PM
1) if you reinstall using the Dell disc, more than likely all user data will get wiped out. No recovery! This is an assumption, but most OEM recovery discs will take the computer back to day 1. (as gerryf mentioned earlier)
2) you can back up all the user data before running the recovery and you don't have to worry about losing anything. Note that there is user data that many people forget about... ie... Favorites folder. You want to think about what data is important to back up and try to make sure you get it all.
3) you can attempt to fix the slow start problem. In my signature is a link to Hijackthis. Download/install the probram and "attach" a start log and scan log to your next post. Use the File Attachment feature below the posting window. We can then take a look at some things to determine what may be causing the slow boot times. I can guarantee the machine probably has a ton of unneccessary start programs/monitors and something is probably corrupted. Or... it could even be malware.
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