Dell XPS 9560 Clean install guide + custom ISO download.

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  1. GoNz0

    GoNz0 Laptop Engineer & Online games hosting.

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    Content removed as I will no longer be developing this as Windows 10 works out the box now.
     
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    Awesome job, thanks Man! Waiting for this all day.
    Three questions here:
    1-Where did you switch to AHCI? I am using single ssd 512 GB, so I guess best bet is to go with AHCI, right?
    2- If we decide to go for AHCI, we don't need to have Intel RST? Because I have seen people using intel RST so that the ssd is recognized!
    3- Should I follow this part:
    "proceed to delete all the partitions until you are left with a single unpartitioned drive, click on it and hit next and windows will install"
    I have several partitions, can't I just format the OS drive? Without touching my other partitions?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    1- Bios under sata.
    2-you don't needs intel RST anyway unless you use a cache drive, it is just another bit of software running that doesn't need to be. Performance can be less as it isn't using a windows NVMe driver.
    3- Yes, wipe them all as you leave a recovery and boot partition behind otherwise, this can cause issues. Considering the Dell recovery environments broken as well that isn't needed either.
     
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    Chris Wood Notebook Enthusiast

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    You state above that you switched to AHCI in the BIOS. Did you do this before you booted from the UEFI flash drive or was this after the install was finished?
    Sorry for all the questions. Trying to get this right first time :)
     
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    before.
     
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    norm2002 Notebook Consultant

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    I have separate partitions on my SSD for my Data and my Multimedia files. I hope it is OK not to delete those?

    Thanks for all you work and contributions.
     
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    Yes you can leave those.
     
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    Thank you. Would / could you also possibly link to all the drivers you use to create this one, given you already collated and searched for them all? It'd give people an indication what's out there; but also makes it easier to snatch them separately rather than having to download the whole ISO.

    [I am about to buy an xps 15, but as I have an old Windows 7 pro license (not OEM) around that I don't currently use will just go with Microsoft's free upgrade program of that and so replace the Win10 home that comes from Dell with Win10 Pro via that old license for a clean install - using the free iso's Microsoft hands out.]
     
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    The ISO has the ei.cfg so this allows you to pick pro, you will need an ei.cfg on any ISO you use otherwise it will read the BIOS key and install home.
    As for the drivers I always use the latest so look at the spoiler tag under drivers and you will see what I used.
    Wifi for 1830 is now out of date, I linked to the new driver in the 1st post.

    Nvidia drivers have been an issue so I used an older one.

    If you want the full in depth view I left the sessions xml files in the root so people can see what I did.
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    Neat. Even less work and fiddling with things then.

    Thank you so much for putting the effort in!
     
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