I'm trying to teach my 10 yr old son to upgrade his PC. It will be handed down to his little sister soon but we wanted to make game playing a little faster (she's 4 yrs old so we're not looking for super speed).
I have not done this in over a decade but I'm self-educated so I'm not well versed in the lingo. I'll start with the hard drive and simple question: I'm installing a brand new hard drive. When I did this back in the 90's we would put the boot disk into the floppy and the computer would tell you when to remove it and put the next one in. There is no floppy, it's a Dell Demension. I'm asuming I should put a CD in the CD drive but I have two. One is a DVDRW (I think). Should I put the CD into the drive before I take the old hard drive off? (It has files I need to keep so I can't overwrite the hard drive, I bought him a new one.) How do I know which drive to put it in?
Also, the computer came with a few CD's. Do I use the one that says "Reinstallation CD"? It also says "Operating System" across the top. I have another which says "ResourceCD" which I assume is the drivers? Does one of these need to be in the DVD drive before I take the old hard drive off?
I remember creating a boot-disc a long time ago. Is that something I need to do now days?
Also, is there anyway I can copy my internet settings so I don't have to get the DSL people on the phone after I install the new hard drive? I'm afraid this will take down the internet for the entire house and I need to avoid that if possible. Our house has concrete interior walls so when it goes down, it's a nightmare. Wireless does not work well in the house, so the DSL is plugged into the wall.
Thanks for getting us started, if this is easy then I'll try a new graphics card next. I've printed the entire manual that came with this PC and that was nothing more than a waste of my time. If you can help, thanks so much!!!