I’m running Windows Vista on my Dell Inspiron 1525. I accidentally deleted
all of my drivers. Now, I can’t start my computer and it even failed to
reinstall Windows. What can I do now?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #22, I look at a computer with deleted drivers that is not recovering
from a reinstallation of Windows.
Deleting your drivers
Deleting all your drivers is absolutely a very bad thing to do. The only solution that I’m aware of to recover from that would, in fact, be to reinstall Windows.
Here’s the problem I have with your question (and the reason that I’m not really sure if that’s really what’s going on here…)
- And that is installing Windows does not depend on anything on the hard drive.
If you’re booting from a Windows installation media (in other words, your Windows Vista DVD), then it doesn’t matter that the drivers aren’t on the computer because the drivers come from the installation media. So that should just work.
Drivers are reinstalled with Windows
What you did here by deleting all the drivers should not affect your ability to install Windows from scratch either from original installation media or potentially even from recovery media. That’s typically reading some information from a CD or DVD and then potentially more information from a hidden partition on your hard drive that you haven’t touched.
So, I honestly don’t know what’s happening here. The right thing to do is exactly what you apparently attempted to do and that is reinstall Windows. Why it failed, I honestly don’t know. I would have to understand exactly how you attempted to reinstall Windows and exactly what happened; what error messages you got when you tried.
Next from Answercast 22- Is a quick scan the proper default for security software?