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Trying to reinstall Win 8

  1. #11

    update to 8.1


    Hi Penguin,
    I reckon the best thing to do is to upgrade via the store to 8.1.
    As this is basicalkly a new OS, it saves all of your old data, and gives you a better less glithchier OS.
    I am assuming you running a Dell OEM install.

    Roy

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  2. #12


    This model of laptop Dell N5110 doesnt support 8.1... i think as of A11 bios update it runs win 8 but no 8.1
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Quote Originally Posted by penguinmeister9 View Post
    This model of laptop Dell N5110 doesnt support 8.1... i think as of A11 bios update it runs win 8 but no 8.1
    Definitely only supports Windows 7, no other OS supported.
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  4. #14


    I'm currently running on Windows 8 Pro 64x so.. i guess not only
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    this dell site has wifi and audio and more for win8 ,but not chipset
    ,Drivers for Inspiron 15R N5110
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    this dell site has wifi and audio and more for win8 ,but not chipset
    ,Drivers for Inspiron 15R N5110
    Hmm, on the page I saw, it only had generic items like BIOS for windows 8. +1 for finding more!
    Quote Originally Posted by penguinmeister9 View Post
    I'm currently running on Windows 8 Pro 64x so.. i guess not only
    Unfortunately, it is only. Without any drivers for your computer running windows 8, the computer can become unstable. Although 'Caperjack' above found some more drivers for you (recommended install). Sometimes the windows 7 drivers work alright on Windows 8, but not always. But this isn't the focus of the problem right now (I think). Did the reset work out alright? Were you going to try another method? If so, what kind of media do you have? For example, is it OEM Windows 7, or retail Windows 8, or different? Here is a great definition of OEM if needed:
    Most Helpful Reply Carey Frisch replied on October 22, 2009

    MVP Community Moderator

    OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

    - OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

    - OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

    - OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

    - OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system
    -Source
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    Havent done the refresh yet, hoped i would find a way to reinstall it but it looks like refresh is the only option...
    I'm not sure which kind of Windows this is (never even heard of OEM before), but i guess it's Retail
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    ^ Oh! Did it come with the computer, or did you buy it online/in a store? Is it windows 7 or 8?

    If it came with the computer, sometimes they have recovery disks that should say something to that effect, or it should be what is considered OEM.

    I would guess that you got a windows 7 OEM that came with the computer, but upgraded it to windows 8, perhaps right from the computer using the Microsoft upgrade software. This may help point you in the right direction for reinstalling your computer is why I ask
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    When i bought the Laptop it already had Windows 7 so i guess it was OEM.. Later on i got myself Windows 8 because everyone was saying it's much faster and more reliable than 7 ( good for gaming too witch i need) so i got myself that one... i had no problems installing it the first time, now reinstalling is problematic..

    Hey, now that i think about it, at first,it did worked well, my keys worked and everything went ok installing a different windows... The windows that came with the laptop had many Dell non-sense witch i had no use for...i'm thinking now, what if one of those drivers/application or whatever, it's the thing i'm missing for it to work?
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    ^Probably. Drivers tell the computer what to do with the information you give it. Without them, things can go awry. Windows comes with a lot of preinstalled drivers to get things going, but you should have the ones specific to the hardware you're using.

    For example, you install a graphics card (hardware), and now you must install its driver for it to display properly. The driver tells the card what to do, and you can change resolution, etc. Though you might not have a card installed, it works the same for the internal components that work to give you the whole experience.

    These drivers are specific to your operating system. While Windows 8 is a great operating system, if you don't have Windows 8 driver support for it, you can get crashes, or things can suddenly not work, or never work, etc. System instability. But sometimes you can get away with using windows 7 drivers for it. You might have to install them in 'compatibility mode', and there is a tutorial for it.

    The Dell programs are separate from drivers. Most people label them as 'junkware' for removal, but some people find them helpful. Often times they can slow down your computer just because they use a lot of resources like RAM or CPU.

    The Windows that came with the computer (7) is your best bet, but you can try using windows 8 if you'd like. You might not see a speed difference due to lack of driver support, but I could be wrong here. It is not that much faster than 7 to begin with. So you probably don't have a windows 8 DVD, only 7. If you want to keep 8 despite the lack of support, you may have to find a way to download the ISO through a fun little procedure and then install it, provided you have your Product key somewhere (email, written down, etc.) for the windows 8 (so you would ignore the windows 7 key, as it won't help you for installing windows 8). Did I confuse you yet? I'm not trying to lead you one way or the other, but I think you should have all the facts to make your own decision. The way I see it, you can install windows 7, or 8, or look for another method of fixing your problem, such as a reset or finding some drivers to install to see if that changes anything.

    Even if you reinstall, no guarantee it will work, and you will still need to get drivers for it; caperjack linked to some of them for you in a previous post.
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