This step is only for systems shipped with Media Direct version 3. If your system does not have Media Direct version 3 skip this step. Note most Dell systems don’t have Media Direct.
The following systems are compatible with MediaDirect 3.3:
- MXC061 – Inspiron 640M
- MM061 – Inspiron 6400/E1505
- MP061 – Inspiron 9400/E1705
- MXC062 – XPS M1210
- MXG061 – XPS M1710
- MXP061 – XPS M2010
The following systems are compatible with MediaDirect 3.5 for XPS systems:
- XPS M1330
- XPS M1530
- MXG071 – XPS M1730
The following systems are compatible with MediaDirect 3.5 for Vostro Systems:
- Vostro 1400
- Vostro 1500
- Vostro 1700
It is likely the last Media Direct 3.3/3.5 DVD is compatible with the following systems:
- Inspiron 1420
- Inspiron 1520
- Inspiron 1720
- Inspiron 1521
- Inspiron 1721
If you have his DVD please create an .iso from it using ImgBurn and load it on Google Drive so we can have all the Media Direct .isos.
The Media Direct Button has the symbol below and is in close proximity to the power button.
1. Setting up the Partitions by booting to the Media Direct DVD
The partitions for Media Direct must be set up before the installation of Microsoft Windows otherwise pressing the Media Direct Button while the system is powered down can corrupt your entire Operating System.
Insert the Media Direct DVD supplied with your system. It should look like the following:
Power down your computer. Hold F12 while powering up your computer (at the Dell BIOS screen).
Press the [↓] key and highlight CD/DVD drive and press [Enter].
The MediaDirect preinstallation setup will then load.
Press  (recommended) or  (if you want a C:\ and D:\ partitions).
For  the MediaDirect preinstallation setup will format the drive creating a 47 MB diagnostics partition and a 2 GB Media Direct partition assigning all remaining disk space to the C:\ Drive.
Type in [Y] to continue:
The MediaDirect preinstallation setup will inform you it has successfully carried out the operations.
Next you need to boot from the Windows Reinstallation DVD/USB. During Windows Installation select the largest partition which should be listed as Disk 0 Partition 2 and then press [Next].
Do not use Drive options or delete any partitions if you want Media Direct to function properly.
The Media Direct partition is 2 GB for a Media Direct 3.3 DVD and 3.0 GB for a Media Direct 3.5 DVD. The diagnostics partition is 47 MB in both cases.
2. Installing the Media Direct Application
Note: The application must be installed after the system drivers including Dell Quickset while on the Windows Desktop.
Once on the windows desktop, insert the media direct disc; it should autorun follow the onscreen instructions to install the application. If it doesn’t you should navigate to the WindowsMD3 folder and click setup.exe.
Accept the User Account control prompt:
Press [Enter] to begin the installation:
The Dell Media Direct application will now install:
Note that Dell Media Direct only installs on Dell hardware:
3. Install Updates
You should then run the following patch R157449 to get to the latest version.
To update the diagnostics partition download the following file A1394A0. Run the .exe
Extract to the default location
Once the files extract navigate to this folder and run the DDDP program (if it doesn’t automatically run):
The DDDP program will now run:
The Media Direct may now be pressed within Windows to load Media Direct or Media Direct Launched when the system is powered up using the Media Direct Button.
- I have tested this on the Inspiron 6400 with Windows 7 and 8.1 32 Bit and found full functionality.
- I have tested this on the Inspiron 6400 with Windows 7 and 8.1 64 Bit and found that the button doesn’t work within Windows due to the Dell Quickset Application. It can still be launched via the Start Menu and accessed when powered up with the Media Direct Button.