Having problems with your Dell Inspiron E1505 Notebook ?
I would like to wipe out my c: drive and reinstall ms vista. How do I do that?
Insert the Vista disc into the cd-rom drive. re-boot the computer. It should ask "boot from cd press any key" at that point press any key. When it boots up it you want to pick install windows and pick new installation. Doing this will erase the old files and do a fresh installation. Sometimes computers like Dell have a set of cd-roms to do this and the process is a little bit different. If you cannot get the cd-rom to boot like I stated above then you can go into the computer BIOS and change the boot sequence so the cd-rom drive is first. Or you can run the cd-rom from windows and pick new installation.
Simply put the Vista disc in the laptop and reboot. When you see the test that states "Boot From CD hit any key" you tap any key. Windows will load and you answer the prompts yes. It will then ask you where you want to install windows and will list the partitions. Choose the "C" drive, but choose to delete the partition. It will ask you are you sure and is will tell you something like press "L" to delete the partition, click yes. You have to do this otherwise you will end up with 2 windows installations on the same partition. Once it has deleted the partition, it will give you another window that will say you have a volume with unallocated space. At this time you need to make a partition in that space and just use the size (in Megabytes) that they list. Once the new partition is made and formatted NTFS, (use Quick format) You will now see a new partition which should be "C" drive that is blank and is now ready for you to install your fresh copy if the Vista OS. Once you say go, it will install and all you have to do is follow the prompts. If you run into trouble or need a hand, go to my web site and call me and I can walk you through it. ParrotHead PC Repair
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