Advice on new Dell xps13 9310 HDD Bloatware - Macrium View


  1. Posts : 75
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    Advice on new Dell xps13 9310 HDD Bloatware - Macrium View


    Hello,
    I'm not quite as PC literate as I should be in this day & age.........and age is one of my problems. And yes, I am getting my excuses in early.
    We just bought a new Dell XPS13" (9310) 2 in 1. The netbook is Win10 pro ver 20H2, OS 19042.1202 and will mainly be used by my wife for reading, e-mail & (should we ever again be lucky enough), travel - it also needs to be mounted on a reading stand due to longterm neck issues.

    Advice on new Dell xps13 9310 HDD Bloatware - Macrium View-dell-xps13-red-partition-21-09-15-205840.jpg

    I've read Bree's very comprehensive answer regarding the various partitions. I'm also interested in following Kari's advice re: creating a custom .wim partition. So, my question boils down to this:

    Would anyone advise me regarding deleting the partition #5 (above), & using the disk space for the custom.wim file and keeping (or deleting) the partition # 6 (above) for Dell Support use?
    Admittedly Dell will lose the ability to easily restore the netbook back to factory default (assuming that is what is in partition #5) and I've already removed Mcaffee as I use Malwarebytes AV.

    As always, any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards to all,
    Mike
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    On a new, off the shelf retail computer I do the following steps:

    1. Install Macrium Reflect Free and store an image of the original factory drive to an external location, for me it is my NAS. An external USB SSD or HDD is also good.
    2. Using Microsoft's own Media Creation Tool, I create a USB flash drive to install Windows 10 from.
    3. Using the dism command, I export drivers to a separate folder created on the same flash drive from step 2.
    4. Do a clean install of Windows 10 from the flash drive created in step 2.
    5. After doing all Windows 10 updates, any hardware in device manager left that needs drivers, I install those drivers from the drivers exported in step 3.
    6. Once I get the base install setup the way I want it, then I will do another image backup to the external storage location.
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  3. Posts : 75
    win10 Pro ver2004 build 19041.508
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    Advice on new Dell xps13 9310 HDD Bloatware - Macrium View


    @NavyLCDR, I just wish I had some of your smarts & I would attempt the same - sounds like a best of all things solution. I'm honestly not being facetious, I like the idea, especially the storage on the NAS

    I was thinking along those lines with Kari's custom.wim idea.......and storing it on a networked NAS for all PC's - currently all win10 pro. Just update file with major releases ( and new drivers if needed) a few times per year.

    Thanks,
    Best,
    Mike
      My Computer


 

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