I don't mean to troll, but I think the following links might have better luck helping you out.http://forum.noteboo...ead.php?t=88032http://forum.noteboo...ead.php?t=91494
I've got a 17-inch Dell (the E1705).
1. I think you should be okay (I think it just checks the manufacturer), but if you really want a manufacturer CD, call Dell and say that you want an OS cd, because you want to make sure you have a backup in case things go "kaboom!".
2. The above link should have that, though I didn't check too thoroughly.
3. You shouldn't, as long as you have the drivers installed.
That's probably your best bet. You could
slipstream the drivers in with nLite, but I wouldn't go there. I tried, and a lot of the drivers Dell supplies don't have .inf files, so it's basically useless. Plus, you'd have to have a spare DVD. Last time I reformatted, I just copied all of the drivers (the SFX archives, with the little E icon) onto a flash drive. Make sure you rename them to helpful, or at least, informative names, instead of the crap R######.exe that Dell gives.