The Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide is an unofficial set of installation guides written and maintained by an individual Philip Yip. To support the running costs of this site, as well as the costs of test hardware needed to keep the guides up to date. Please consider leaving a donation or clicking on the affiliate link if you are planning on buying Office or a SSD Upgrade for your system anyway. I'd like to thank you in advance for leaving any donations or clicking on the affiliate links. Written in Scotland , Great Britain (GB), , United Kingdom (UK) and hopefully soon to be part of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (CANZUK).

Creating a Windows 7 or Windows 10 Bootable USB with Dell System Drivers

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I have put together some new installation guides which instruct in the slipstreaming of Dell System Drivers and in the case of Windows 7 Updates into Windows 10 and Windows 7 Installation Media Respectively:

This can be both be used to leave the system in a state which is very similar to a Factory Image.

These guides are only applicable to Dell Business Models such as the Dell OptiPlex, Latitude, Precision and XPS ranges. Dell Driver Packs are not available for the Home Models such as the Inspiron or Vostro Ranges. The Windows 10 guide can possibly be modified for other OEMs such as Lenovo using the Lenovo SCCM Driver Packs.

Some New Guides…

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Microsoft Office

I will create more Word Guides later:

Video Capture

I will also write one on the Windows Gamebar.

Drive Encryption and SSD Guides

I will create a video on updating the firmware of a Crucial SSD via the UEFI BIOS – a video has already been released.

An Introduction to Scientific Programming

I have spent quite some time learning how to use Octave/MATLAB. I am still learning and put together some videos but found some better ways of doing things. So at present am working on writing written guides before remaking the video tutorials:

 

Dell Data Wipe – Securely Wipe your Drives Using the UEFI BIOS

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I made a guide using Dell Data Wipe on my OptiPlex 7040/7050/7060 and XPS 9365:

Also updated the Parted Magic Securely Wiping your Drives guide:

Microsoft Update Touchscreen Keyboard for Scientists and Engineers

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This is not available for mainstream Windows 10 users yet.

In the Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview of Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft have updated the Touchscreen keyboard in Windows 10 to make it easy to access, commonly used symbols such as currency symbols, mathematical symbols, arrow like symbols and Greek letters.

I left Windows feedback for Microsoft to make a modern character map last week based on their emoji panel. It may be coincidence but it seems like they took this feedback and instead applied it to the touchscreen keyboard:

The touchscreen keyboard can still be accessed on non-touch systems by right clicking an empty area on the taskbar and selecting show touch keyboard:

Once this is done you will see the touchscreen keyboard icon beside the system clock. You can open it by left clicking with the mouse:

In the Windows 10 Insider Preview build, press &123 to access the numbers and symbols:

Press the Ω key to access the new symbols:

Some screenshots of the new layout (the video above shows more details):

 

 

New Keyboard Input Methods for Windows 10

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Microsoft are improving the keyboard and input methods with Windows 10. Let’s hope they release a modern updated character map with keyboard shortcut [Windows] and [ c ] in the next build of Windows 10.

Clipboard – Windows 10 Version 1809

Microsoft have created a Windows 10 Clipboard which allows you to Copy and Paste multiple items.

Press [Windows] and [ v ] to open the Windows Clipboard. This will allow you to paste not only the last text you have copied but all text before hand.

If it doesn’t work for you. First check you have Windows 10 Version 1809. To do this right click the start button and select System:

Under Windows Specification, check Windows Specification to see you have Windows 10 Version 1809. If you have Windows 10 Version 1803, then note Windows 10 Version 1809 has been released and revoked because a minority of users lost files during an upgrade install. It will likely be updated to fix to this bug and re-released soon. See Windows OEM FAQs and Downloads for more information.

If you have Windows 10 Version 1809, then to the bottom left select Clipboard:

Ensure Clipboard History is Enabled:

Emoji Panel – Windows 10 Version 1803

Press [Windows] and [ . ]

Feedback – Implement a New Character Map with Shortcut Symbol Windows and [ c ]

Please up vote my Windows Feedback for this so it is brought to Microsoft’s attention. To do this press [Windows] and [ f ] to open the Windows Feedback App and sign into the feedback app, if you aren’t already signed into a Microsoft Account. Then select the Feedback Hub:

Search for character map and upvote please. Leave an optional comment if you’ve got additional ideas:

CANZUK Policy – C-9-1349 CPAC Convention 97 % For:3 % Against

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Amazing, the Canadian Conservative Party look to implement CANZUK. The free trade and free immigration agreement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Foreign Affairs – C – 9 – 1349

EDA(s) – Vancouver Centre, Durham
Section – U – CANZUK Treaty. CANZUK Treaty Implementation (NEW)
Subject to thorough security & health checks, CPC will work to realize these objectives among CANZUK countries:
a) Free trade in goods/services
b) Visa-free labour/leisure mobility for citizens, including retirement relocation
c) Reciprocal healthcare agreement modeled on existing AU / NZ / UK bilaterals
d) Increased consumer choice/protection for travel
e) Security coordination

Full Policy Package here:

https://cpc18.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/National-Policy-Committee-Convention-Package-2018-EN_Final-1.pdf

Full Video Here:

http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/cpac-special/episodes/64121390

1:04:00 onwards for CANZUK

 

New Keyboard Input Methods

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Emoji Panel – Windows 10 Version 1803

Press [Windows] and [ . ]

Clipboard – Windows Insider Build ≥17682

Press [Windows] and [ v ] to open the Windows Clipboard. This will allow you to paste not only the last text you have copied but all text before hand.

Currently it works only with text, hopefully it will work with images.

Suggestion: Updated Character Map

Lets Hope [Windows] and [ c ] for a modern character map which looks more like the Equation Editor in Microsoft Word and lays out items in a sensible manner such as Basic Math, Greek Letters, Letter-Like Symbols, Operators and Arrows…

Video

 

Windows 10 Version 1803 Installation Guides

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I have made some new Windows 10 Version 1803 Installation Guides and Associated Tutorial Videos:

New UEFI BIOS Setup – SMBIOS Version 3.0

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It appears with the new SMBIOS Version of 3.0 that Dell have substantially updated the user interface of their UEFI BIOS Setup akin to Settings in Windows 10. Here is my new XPS 9365 vs an older OptiPlex 7010.

More details are here UEFI BIOS Setup – SMBIOS 3.0.

[F12] Boot Menu New:

[F2] UEFI BIOS Setup New:

 

[F12] Boot Menu Old:

Boot Menu One Time USB2

[F2] UEFI BIOS Setup Old:

Dell Business UEFI BIOS

Windows 10 Version 1803 Released to Windows Insiders

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My Windows 10 Insider test system (Latitude 7350) just updated to the mainstream build Windows 10 Version 1803 (March 2018) also known as Build 17133, Redstone 4 (RS4).

This is a mainstream build, at current the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is not updated to the latest version however I expect in to be updated within the next 2 weeks.

The watermark is gone:

msinfo32 shows no expiry date (meaning it is not an Insider build):

The build is also shown in System:

Flags, Floral Symbols and the Coat of Arms of CANZUK

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I’ve put together a YouTube video showing the relation between the Flags, Floral Symbols and the Coat of Arms of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Contents
00:10 The United Kingdom
02:25 The Crown Dependencies
03:16 The British Oversea Territories
06:15 The Dominion of Canada
10:07 The Commonwealth of Australia
13:58 The Dominion of New Zealand

Music
00:00 Rule Britannia
02:12 Over the Hills and Far Away
05:42 The Maple Leaf Forever
10:07 Advance Australia Fair
11:07 I Vow to Thee My Country
14:16 God Defend New Zealand

For details on the Freedom of Movement initiative see the CANZUK International Website:
http://www.canzukinternational.com/

The Petition for freedom of movement between CANZUK countries is here:

https://www.change.org/p/parliaments-of-canada-australia-new-zealand-and-the-united-kingdom-advocate-and-introduce-legislation-promoting-the-free-movement-of-citizens-between-canada-australia-new-zealand-and-the-united-kingdom

227,000 have signed it so far.