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New Dell with Vista OS, i want XP on it also..?

Q: New Dell with Vista OS, i want XP on it also..?

Hello Tech members
I'm getting a new Dell laptop computer, it'll have Vista home premium installed as standard when it arrives.

I've also got my existing 'full version' WinXP professional, which i'd also like to use on the new laptop also, so......

...whats the best and easiest way to have it dual boot, or, is there software out there which can create the nescessary patition, help to install my XPpro, and then set the computer up to dual boot all automatically. i have to do it the long-winded way.i.e split the hardrive (360gig) into two partitions ('C at 240gig and 'E' at 120gig),install XPpro on 'E', and set up a boot menu like in the days when i upgarded a Win 98 computer to Win2000pro.

Whats the easiest?, if anyone knows of a suitable software solution to do the job, it would really help.

kind regards

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A:Dell, with Vista on-it


I am not very good at this sort of thing, you need to wait for somebody else, but I can add a few things.

Does it make any funny noises, in particular, anything that could pass for a deliberate bleep?

What is the full model of this PC, laptop or desktop?

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A:reformatting a Dell Xps with Vista

no this is a new dell laptop and came with windows vista.
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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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May be this can help you:
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A:Dell Laptops and Vista

Does registering the product = Office validation with Microsoft Genuine Advantage?

Do the events preceding the Windows Explorer restart process include the fading white background, small blue circle spinning and "Not Responding..."? If so look at 3rd party firewall/ a-v products. Usually the firewall is the cause.

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A:Dell not booting to Vista

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A:New pc problems already vista dell?

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A:Vista on Dell Laptop

you can try to factory settings IF the recovery partition is still intact..... then start over if you want.... Laptop Recovery Instructions - Tech Support Forum

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A:slow dell on vista

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model of the dell would also help

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A:Can I install Win XP on a Dell system that comes with Vista?

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You may want to test the memory and see if that may be causing some of the problems. Use a Memtest86+ boot CD to run the tests and see what happens.

The drive with the photos may not be hopeless so don't format it yet.
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A:Vista - Blue Screening Dell

Here's a blog on trouble might be worth a read:!95CB015E3E4A702A!229.entry

I would also try turning off programs that aren't needed at start up and running in the background.

Check services and either disable or set to manual those that don't pertain to you.

Get another gig of ram.
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A:Vista/Old Dell compatibility issues

Hi -

You should contact Dell Support and purchase Vista OEM replacement DVDs -

The price is around $20.

The key code on your Dell system cannot be used with a full retail version of Vista.

Before installing Vista with Dell Vista OEM DVD, wipe the entire HDD with KillDisk -

Regards. . .


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A:[SOLVED] 32 bit Vista Dell Vostro SP2 dl

I forced a shutdown. It wasnt doing anything.
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A:Cannot format Dell Vista Laptop

Have you tried doing a clean install of Vista from the CD?
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i run a
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2 gb of ram
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A:Spyware on Vista (Dell laptop)


Just an update.. I downloaded Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and ran the program. It found a few infected files and removed them.

Since then, it looks like my laptop is running better - I'm not getting the popups from IE (which also pushed some popups with the url

Anyway, I'm posted an updated HiJackThis log as well as a Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:40:44 PM, on 14/06/2008
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Sigmatel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\MediaDirect\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Users\Raymond Lee\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\ApMsgFwd.exe
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\HidFind.exe
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apntex.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieuser.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Internet Explorer provided by Dell
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Apoint] C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SigmatelSysTrayApp] %ProgramFiles%\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvSvc] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\nvsvc.dll,nvsvcStart
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\Nv... Read more
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A:can not reinstall vista on dell e521

Hi meekle,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

If you can't restore to factory conditions either normal way, we need to see if we can either fix the computer or get it to the point where you can restore.

You can make a bootable Recovery Environment Recovery Disk using along with burning software like: and, of course, a blank CD (perhaps made on a different computer like the one you used to post here).

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A:Dell Vista Disk with other oem License

AFAIK you can't use an OEM key on a retail install.
You can install the Dell OEM disk on other computers - and then use these steps to remove the Dell branding:

From this link: Remove 'Dell Logo' from System Information - Microsoft Windows Vista Community Forums - Vistaheads

Found out you can also edit:

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This may help
How to Add a Printer in Vista |

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A:Dell Vista Laptop frustrations

Your issue (likely software) is most likely Virus\Malware related, have a look here:
UPDATED 8-step Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions

But because the Ram was only recently upgraded, there is a high possibility of that:
Please run Memtest on your Ram

I sense a Vista owner who has discovered they do not like Vista after all though
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A:Dell monitor compatibility WM vs Vista

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A:[SOLVED] Dell with Vista pre-installed

Hi. . .

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A:d drive disappeared - vista/dell

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A:Dell V510 not working on Vista

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A:BSOD on Vista on Dell Latitude

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I can't boot and suspect the system files.

I have a Dell/Vista installation disk that allows repairs.

At command prompt. I have typed sfc /scannow, which will not run because of Windows Resource Protection.

I then tried sfc /scanow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows, and received the same message.

Further, I can't active Services.msc (Windows Modules Installer) to set to manual.

It must be possible to use sfc.

Advice please.

A:Using sfc from command prompt in Dell/Vista CD

Hello anon,

If you like, you could see if doing a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this happened may be able undo and fix this for you.