Patent Number: 6,298,443

Title: Method and system for supplying a custom software image to a computer system

Abstract: A method and system for supplying a software image to a computer system utilize a custom-programmed compact disk (CD) ROM that is configured for a specified individual computer system and constrained to be downloaded to and operable on only the specified individual computer system. The method and system further utilize an installation procedure for restoring the specified computer system to the software state that the computer was in at the time the computer left the factory after initial configuration and downloading. The custom-programmed CD ROM 106 is delivered to a customer in combination with a bootable flexible diskette 108, and an instructional technical instruction sheet for usage by the customer to restore the computer system to a "factory new" software condition.

Inventors: Colligan; Tom (Austin, TX), Ellis; Jonathan (Austin, TX), Robertson; Hunter (Austin, TX)

Assignee: Dell USA, L.P.

International Classification: G06F 9/445 (20060101); G06F 21/00 (20060101); H04L 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018