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Q: Installing XP on Dell Vista HD

I bought a Dell Desktop last summer (e6600, 2gb ram, 250gb hd) and i am have issues installing xp onto the hardrive. I know how to set the settings so it boots from disk that is not the problem. It goes to the blue screen and loads the necessary files and then says, "Loading Windows" and then a new screen pops up saying my computer has shut down to prevent damage to the computer. This has happened with about 3 different copies of windows XP I own. Please give me some information to fix this issue.
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A:Need help re-installing Vista on a Dell

don't it's only a machine! so you have vista on it?
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A:Installing Windows7 without removing Vista recovering partition (DELL)

Installing Windiws 7 may/may not make the Dell Recovery Partition unusable.

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
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Nice write up, thanks. I posted the links on the Dell forum, hope you don't mind.
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A:Installing drivers after Windows XP reinstall on Dell Dimension 2350 using Dell Resource disc

You need, in installation order:

Chipset driver
Video driver (depends on which video card)
Audio driver
Network driver (depends on which you have)
Modem driver, if you use a dialup modem

Go to the Support page and put in your Service Tag. It should give you the drivers you need. You can download them on any PC and copy onto a USB stick for installation on the 2350.
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Oh yes, currently installed is Windows 7 x86. Not activated obviously.
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A:Installing XP on Dell mini

There are USB DVD burners out there for laptops, you could use one of those and it will install XP right from the installation disk.
If you don't intend on keeping the drive after the install, just return it.

If you are in the USA Staples Super Stores have USB DVD burner drives that will do the trick.

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A:Problem installing OS on Dell

and welcome to the Forum

I moved your post since it was unrealted to the thread it was in.

Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :


Are you using the Dell Reinstallation Disc?

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You can request a replacement instalation cd here:
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A:Re-installing XP on Dell computer

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Latitude CPx H-Series/J-Series
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Welcome to TSG....

Well the OEM disks like from Dell, Compaq etc are all re-written for the particular computers processors that they are made for. Trying to install them on another manufacturers computer is a total waste of time. Your best bet would be to purchase one of the right ones by calling the manufacturer of the computer and ordering a restore or recovery disk set from them it is a lot cheaper.

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Try Here.

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XP Pro 64bit has historical issues with drivers - I've been there. Unless you're a tweak nerd chief engineer Scotty type character who needs to squeeze every last drop out of available system resources, then don't bother with XP 64bit. But that is only my personal opinion.

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acer_racer_2000 said:

I just bought a Dell Vostro 1310 laptop but when I try to install Xp it gives me the error Hard Disk not found.Click to expand...

most likely reason is it may have a SATA hard drive and xp will need sata driver to be install first .check this out
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Hello, Welcome!

Don't worry about installation problems. I have written a troubleshooting guide, and we have hundreds of capable volunteers willing to help you should anything go wrong.

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A:[SOLVED] Installing XP on a Dell E520

and welcome to the Forum

Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :


You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here
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Can you trigger the Dell Recovery partition to return your computer to factory condition in order to Update BIOS?

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A:Installing Windows 7 on a Dell system

1) Make sure you clean your HD
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

2) do a clean install is always best
Clean Install Windows 7

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CoreFlood, I think you have half of of the solution already. Boot in safe mode, install the drivers you want (worst case just uninstall the problematic ones and Win7 will take care of installing them when you reboot) and reboot normally.

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A:[SOLVED] Installing XP Pro to a Dell laptop...

You don't have to use the Dell disc, but the disc you use must be a OEM version to work with the sitcker key . . not a Full Retail or Upgrade version
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If you are within your warranty you can click the link below to request backup media. If you are not within your warranty you will need to purchase the disk. The second link provides information on purchasing the disk.
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Don't know if it helps, but on the CD, in the I386 dir. check the contents of:



[SMS Inventory Identification]

[Product Specification]
Product=Windows 2000 Professional





; Microsoft Windows NT Workstation Version 4.0 and
; Windows NT Server Version 4.0
; (c) 1994 - 1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
; Accessible Setup Answer File
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TargetPath = *
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"windows 10" "Dell Inspiron 620" - Google Search

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Check this out:
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Welcome to Techspot

Do everybody a favour and install Windows 2000 Pro, if you have that lying around.
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Hello Fraser, welcome to Seven Forums!

From the little searches I've run, it could be, not enough HDD space to install Windows 7 to or, are you sure the partition you're trying to install to is a 'primary' and not a 'logical' partition?
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A:[SOLVED] Installing Win XP on new hard drive in a Dell

and welcome to the Forum

1. May (or should?) I format the new HD as an single partitioned HD and, if I do, will the Dell Win XP disk automatically handle the formatting and the creation of the hidden partition for the Dell Utilities? Or, during the formatting process, must I reserve (create?) some small amount of space for a hidden partition for the Dell utilities and then the installation process will install Win XP in the main partition and the Dell Utilities in the smaller hidden partition?

One partition is fine . . you do not need a partition for the Dell Utilities

2. Once the hidden partition is created, what are the Utilities/programs that Dell installs into this partition and how is the hidden partition accessed once it is installed?

No need to worry about the utilities . .

3. Any other suggestions or hints in these regards would also be greatly appreciated.

You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here:

Dell Operating System Redirector | Dell

After you have the Operating System instaleld, install SP3 then all drivers

I like to get the newest drivers from Dell:

You can go to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

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Then the download button here:

See this for the order they should be installed:
How to Download and Install Drivers in the Correct Order | Dell
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If the hard drive is installed on a computer.

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