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please help new dell computer with vista,help

Q: please help new dell computer with vista,help

lighting hit my old computer so hubby bought me a new dell with vista on it,can't get half the web site to open and some of my downloads want download. its a dell 1gb shared dual channell sdram
250gb hard drive
amdathlon 64x2 3600+ dual core processer

can't get my dsl to work been with them on phone all day

what do i do thanks oh yes im useing dial up now and so slow

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The short version of my question is exactly what the topic says-- Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

But, here's the wordier version giving context, if anyone's interested.

About 10 months ago, I guess, I got a Dell Vostro that came with Windows Vista Home Basic. However, I had no interest in Vista (because I already had a Windows machine) and the very first thing I did was install Ubuntu on it. I still have the Vista reinstall disk, though, which, to my memory, hasn't been used.

Now I'm planning on getting a barebones system and upgrading what I see fit. For the time being, I'm going to use the Windows 7 RC, but I'd like to get the uber-great upgrade deal that they're having to pre-order either the Business or Home Premium version upgrade. So, to do that, I'd need an XP installation or a Vista installation. Is there any reason, legal or software-related, that I wouldn't be able to install Vista using that disk that came with the Vostro?

I heard somewhere that sometimes if you try, it'll say something like "This is not a Dell computer, you evil, evil person" and refuse to install, so I wanted to make sure before I pre-ordered the upgrade. I don't want to get the upgrade and have nothing to upgrade, of course.

A:Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

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I recently install Windows vista on my Acer computer. The opsystem works fine but when I go into my computer it says that my computer is a dell? It still says my hard drives are acer, but in system properties it says the manufactuer is dell? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

ps I have reinstalled vista three times already.

A:Vista is Mistaking my computer for a dell

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Hello, this is my first time posting here.

I am working on my sister's laptop, it's Dell Inspiron 1720, only a few months old. Last week she encountered a problem upon booting up and received the BSOD and then the option to repair the computer. It would not repair and would not restore back to previous dates.

She called Dell for support and found that she has to pay mega bucks just to get support.... The only thing they helped with was ensuring that the hard drive was not at fault since the fn key upon reboot did the diagnostic and ruled out hard drive problems. I am suspecting the latest windows update may have caused this since she did the update the day before and suddenly this repair option occurred.

She was provided the Dell disk with Vista disk and a drivers disk with the system... can I reinstall Vista overtop without losing any of her programs and data (I used to do this successfully with Win98 and XP). I looked through the tutorials here about Vista help but didn't see this option available.

Appreciate any help you can give me.


A:reinstall Vista on Dell computer

It depends on the disk provided. If it offers to upgrade or repair, it should keep all information in a windows.old folder.if it is a destructive restore, it is just that. destroys data..You can save the data currently on the drive by downloading a copy of ubuntu desktop burn it to disk and boot to the live cd.. then backup all needed data, restart and do a full system restore from the dell cd's.

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Help! I'm caught in a loop! I have a notice on my computer (after sitting idle for a while and with a lot of windows open at the bottom) that says:

"Notice - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard.

Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter SETUP."

When I press "F2," it takes me to the system setup menus which I can access. When I press "F1," the message below appears:

"A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart."

After doing that, it takes me back to the first message. Any suggestions?

Computer type (different from "OLD COMPUTER" in profile)
Dell Inspiron 530 with Vista

A:Caught In Loop - Dell/Vista Computer

Can someone please help me with this?

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The computer is a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Vista Home Basic 32 Bit Sp2 Intel Celeron CPu 550 @ 2.00 GHZ, 1 gig Ram Mobile Intel 965 Chipset Family

My friend's computer was slow so I tried to do as much as I could to help it. I updated their service packs 1 and 2. I updated their Java. They had Utorrent on it so I uninstalled that. I got them using Firefox. I ran a Malwarebytes scan. I also used Ccleaner. I also ran Kaspersky scan.
The computer is still incredibly slow to open files and I'm scared it has been infected since it was vulnerable for many years.

Any help would be appreciated.

DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by natasha at 14:49:56.27 on 21/04/2011
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6002.18005 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_24
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic 6.0.6002.2.1252.2.1033.18.1013.133 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Kaspersky PURE *Disabled/Updated* {56547CC9-C9B2-849D-8FEF-A496150D6A06}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Kaspersky PURE *Disabled/Updated* {ED359D2D-EF88-8B13-B55F-9FE46E8A20BB}
FW: Kaspersky PURE *Disabled* {6E6FFDEC-83DD-85C5-A4B0-0DA3EBDE2D7D}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System3... Read more

A:Vista 32 Bit On Dell Possible Java Infection [Computer 2]

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Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

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My sister at university is having a problem with her labtop (she lives 4 hours away).

She says the computer freezes/shuts down at different times after she logs in. When she manages to get to the desktop she can't get on the internet, so she can't download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or SpyBot. Similar problems in safe mode.

Any ideas on how you can download these programs while your computer is affected?

Any advice would be appreciated.

A:Dell Vista - Computer freezes/shuts down randomly

She can download Malwarebytes and its updates on another computer and move them via thumb/flash drive. Please tell her to rename the malwarebytes executable to red.bat and then try to install it. Then try to run the progrm. See if she can post a log. Thanks!

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Could someone be kind enough to help me figure out a weird problem. I am not particularly computer literate so forget my ignorance! I bought a printer HP Photosmart C3100 All-in-One series. I used it on my old computer a compaq notebook (do NOT recommend it to anyone any HP computer in that matter!) I then changed my computer for a DEll XPS M 1330 (Hrr what a jewel! a real pleasure). The only problem is that i have Windows Vista professional on it and the installation CD to install my printer on it seems to be uncompatible or something like that. I can not install it .
May be someone will know what to do. (I hope i was clear in my explaination not sure)

A:Installation of my HP printer on My Dell computer with Windows Vista

Look at the HP support website for a Vista driver for that printer

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Hello I have to do a reinstall of Vista Home Basic SP1 On an HP Pavillion, However the only Vista Home Basic Disc I can get is a Dell One, Can I use the Dell Install disc on the HP? Which also has/had Vista Home Basic on it, and I have the key sticker on it to activate the fresh reinstall, and I can get the drivers from HP. So in short Can I get the dell vista home basic disc, and use my HP key for Home Basic, Or would it be somehow incompatible? THANKS IN ADVANCE..

A:Solved: Can I use A Dell Vista Install Disc on an HP Computer?

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pretty much what the title says, no beeps, just get the BIOS Dell screen, and thats it.

any thoughts? thanks in advance

A:Dell Windows Vista computer hangs at BIOS

Is the screen actually frozen or can you press the button and access the BIOS?

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I have a question referring back to the thread/forum (The title/name of thread/forum is in the *Title*). What format do you mean when you say image? Do you mean .iso, .bin, etc.?


Devon West (Stickboy)

A:Solved: Can I use A Dell Vista Install Disc on an HP Computer?

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I have a home network with an computer using an XP operating system and it is networked via a Linksys WRT54GS router. I also have another desktop that uses windows Vista Home Premuim. Between the two machines we use either a Lexmark e232 and or a HP G85 printer. There has never been a printing or shring issue between these two computers. I was recently given a Dell 922 Printer and bout a Gateway M-Series laptop running Vista Home premium. For the life of me, I can't get the laptop to print via network with the Dell. The laptop doesn't have any problem adding and or printing to the other 2 printers.
The error I keep getting is 0x0000000d. I tried the registry fix that Microsoft recomments, but with no luck. Any help or guidance is appreciated.

A:Can't network a Dell 922 between and XP server computer and a laptop with Vista Home

This is a procedure that I've had success with installing Vista printers when the normal install didn't work.
Temporarily connect the printer to the Vista machine and install it as a local printer using the proper Vista drivers.
Disconnect the printer and move it to the XP machine it normally connects to and make sure that it's configured as a shared printer.
Open the Printers and Faxes folder on the Vista machine, right click on the printer and select properties.
Create a new Local Port for this printer with a name of the full network path name to the shared printer, i.e. \\computer_name\printer_name.


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Alrighty, I've got a bit of a perplexing problem. My Four(ish) month old laptop has taken on a new, annoying bad habit. Occasionally, when left to idle for longer than about 30 minutes, it'll quietly blue screen, restart itself, to the user selection screen and then be completely fine. However, it isn't consistently BSoDing. Often, I can leave it set for hours and hours while I do chores or work on something else, and it will happily sit still and wait for my return.

On the flip side, it never BSoDs when I'm using it. On days when I have to do a lot of work, or even extended WoW sessions with friends, it runs like clockwork for hours on end.

I've never had any major errors, I frequently scan for spyware (adaware), viruses (avast!), and nothing other than a few cookies (in adaware) ever comes up. My computer's temperature consistently runs between 110F-128F, and if idling, usually between 100-110. I can't recall downloading or installing anything that would cause this.

While it isn't a major concern, it is annoying, and BSoDs are actually kind of serious. I checked to see if it was that silly screensaver that a few people on here had talked about, and unfortunately it isn't. Apparently I'm actually BSoDing.

Any tips, tricks, questions, and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.
PS: I figured due to the peculiar nature of this crashing, that it is probably a security issue, rather than something hardware related. If anyo... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Windows Vista OS. I have a Dell 926 printer interfaced to it via USB. Printer driver is installed and the printer does communicate at times with the computer and does a good job printing. However, intermittently when trying to print a document I'll get a message on the computer that says that communication has been lost and print job failed.

I've checked all connections to make sure they are solid and no debris that might cause this.
That has not corrected the problem.
The other thing that happens is that the document I want to print will stay in the print queue/spooler and if I shut the computer and printer down and restart both it will print the job. And it may continue to print jobs but it's just a matter of time.

Needless to say this is frustrating. I can print several jobs in a row with no problem and then I'll get this "communication has been lost between printer and computer". And I have to go thru the procedure above to get the last job printed.

My wife doesn't understand how this works and will try to print the same job several times with the commo problem and then complains when it won't print.....and then they all print when the above procedure is followed.

Any ideas what is going on??? Any fixes??

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So over the past 2-3 weeks I kept noticing that my battery kept dying even though I would shut it down (yes window > shutdown) the computer with a full battery. The next evening I would power up and see that the battery was at 20% from full charge. This is a BRAND NEW as in <2 months XPS 9550. I checked my event log and WHAT THE [email protected]#$??? It is absolutely filled with Dell Foundation Service and Dell Product Registration events all saying  " Power event Handled Successfully by the service." Clearly it is not.. The stupid things run every 10 seconds. So when I think I am powering down my computer, it is being blocked by these services and actually just going to sleep... but it actually isn't sleeping. Its waking up every 10 seconds. Can anyone PLEASE help me determine the issue. Apparently according to update service everything is up to date. 
Dell XPS 15 9550 Win 10 Dell Foundation Services vers 3.1.330 DFSSvc.exeDell Product Registration  vers 2.2.38 PrSvc.exeDell Update Service vers 1.8.114
Log sample: (note the time... yes i was asleep) 
Information 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformati... Read more

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running a Windows Vista network. no problems with 3 wirless computers running Windows XP. and no problems printing remotely using the desktop running Vista. new Dell laptop is running Vista and trying to add a printer, it doesn't see any of the printers. At first it didn't show the wired desktop on the laptop under the network. On the wired desktop under network, It showed the laptop as a music sign and not a computer icon. We deleted the workgroup name and retyped it and changed it to a private computer. have disabled both firewalls. The laptop is running Trend Internet Securioty. It then found the wired desktop on the laptop. But it still doesn't see any of the printers that are connected to the wired desktop.Tried to find the printers by typing in \\192.168.100 under the run command. It said it couldn't recognize the wired DNS address 192.168.100. That is the ipconfig address from cmd and then ipconfig from the wired Dell laptop.

What do we need to do to have the laptop see the printers?

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We got a new Dell machine with the Vista preinstalled. Employee wanted Ubuntu (how do ya blame him?) so he resized partitions and installed Ubuntu, but now Vista won't boot.

What can we do to get Vista to be happy again?

This howto:
"DO NOT resize the Vista partition during the installation of the Linux distribution! Due to the change in NTFS versions, no Linux partitioning program, nor standard Windows partitioning programs, can properly alter the partition that Vista is installed to."
But we're too late for that...

A:Dell with Vista, resized NTFS partition for Ubuntu, now cannot boot Vista

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Two months ago bought a Dell 8900 from Best Buy. After 20 days, it would not start, same with the next 8900 replacement... only fewer days. The first gameware as a replacement did not start at all. The Alienware Aurora worked beautifully for 3 days and then would not start. In the 8900's,,, got the blinking amber lights on the start button. Tech is coming to replace motherboard. What the heck is happening? Could it be the monitor... or the external hard drive or what? Come on Dell,,, what's up? I have a Dell XP Laptop as a back up using the same external hard ddrive.

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530, XP PRO, SP3, about a year and a half old. Almost since I first got it, every few months or so, when I boot up it hangs on the Dell screen. When I turn it off and reboot, it is fine. I use Rebit to back up everything on an ongoing basis and have an extended warranty from Dell. Is there anything I can do about this, or should do? Thanks for your help.

A:Dell computer occasionally stuck on Dell screen

I would run a memory tester

Download the prebuilt ISO, burn it to CD as an Image, boot from that CD and run the memory test for a couple of hours or overnight to stress test the memory.


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Dell Audio doesn't work on my Dell computers but Realtek does. Why is Dell Audio on my computer if I can't get it to work? It looks like a better program with far more features.

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Was given a Dell Optiplex 360 that I found out after getting a nasty virus had a bootleg XP OS
I also did not have any disks with it. I had older disks for a Dell 4600 that I used to wipeout the hard drive and install the new OS. Everything works fine except that I can not load any of the drivers from the second disk, (it was a 3 disk series)
thus at least at this point not able to connect with my cable internet. Cable people told me I needed the drivers.Any suggestions or can it just not be done.
Thanks, Al

A:Loading Older Dell OS To Newer Dell Computer

You will have to go to the dell website look under support and then drivers and downloads for your model of computer.If you use the service tag number on the computer it will make sure you get the correct ones you need. For future reference so you wont have this hassle again burn all of the drivers to a cd so you will be all set the next time.

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ok I have windows XP On Both Off my computers but my other one has a dell monitor and I've tried to get it to work so many times I got lucky I think twice first time it worked but then I shut it off for the night then I had a hard time to get it to work but I finally did and after that I can't get it to work it keeps saying to set it up through the disc drive I think I haven't turned it on for a bit I'll have to check it,
but can anyone help with what I said?

A:Does A Dell Monitor Work With A Non-Dell Computer?

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My battery for the above computer has expired and needs to be replaced but I do not know who sells replacement batteries XBT9E1 or compatible ones.

A:How do I buy a battery for my Dell computer Mod. Dell DE051

I believe the replacement battery you are after is a CR2032. If in doubt take the flat battery to your electronics store and ask for the equivalent. They're not very expensive.

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Loaded dell disc with vista and don't like it. How do I
get back to my vaio vista operating system? It's still in
the laptop memory as a file but I can't figure out how to load it, I had back up on my old windows, however the new installation don't find any restore points. can any one help me?

A:dell vista loaded on top of vaio vista

The Dell DVD probably overwrote your VAIO recovery partition. You can try to invoke it - usually with F10 key during boot-up. If not you will need replacement recovery DVDs from Sony. HP charges about USD $25.


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I've seen this problem on this forum but can't find anything that I haven't tried yet. Here’s my problem; I've spent the last 3 weeks talking with Dell to resolve the issue. They have taken remote access, replaced my mother board and Ethernet cable + I have made numerous changes with Dell guidance and nothing has worked. I have also talked to my service provider who replaced my router and still nothing.

I am now at the point where i still have the DNS look up issue and neither Dell or my service provider are accepting responsibility for the fault..........
My only work around is to unplug my Ethernet cable and plug back in. This seems to interrupt a signal and get me on line.
I would really appreciate your help.

A:Vista DNS Look Up Failure. Dell Inspiron Vista.

sounds like a firewall issue to me
first step

follow advice here and post the logs those programs make

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Can anyone suggest a way to get a dell 770 printer to work on a non dell win98 system?

My friend was given the printer from his friends, but it's a dell and it's pretty muh brand new so he doesn't want to throw it away. It's also better than his current printer

Anyway, he uses the dell install disk but once it begins and runs the setup app it gives a message akin to pirating. Saying something like -this computer does not support dell , or something like - this computer is not a dell.

Can anyone offer advice. I did a search on google and dells' site and here.
I couldn't quite find anything that might lead me to an answer..?


A:dell printer for non dell computer??

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I have connected my old Dell printer AIO 924 to my new Dell XPS 8500. I can't seem to figure out how to scan. I had no trouble with my old computer, but can't scan since connecting to my new XPS 8500. Can anyone help me please? Do I have to get A new driver? If so, where do I get it? Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:new Dell computer/old Dell printer

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I have a two year old Dell PC with Windows 7. I got a virus in my computer that by phone and computer takeover Norton located in my MBR. When they cleaned it my computer will no longer boot up. Norton worked with me for three days on the problem but we were unable to fix the computer. I followed other web sites and repaired my MBR but it still will not boot up. I tried System Repair, Check point, Image, and Dell system restore and all failed. I have tried to use the Windows install CD and all I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor and then after 3 minutes the compute attempts to boot again and fails. I tried everything to try and wipe the drive from C prompt and it will not let me. I have very weak computer skills but I can follow directions and I have wiped a previous computer I owned. (I confirmed that my CD drive is working) I also should mention I have a second hard drive on my computer that I backed everything up to.

A:Dell Computer PC will not load Windows install CD from computer crash

See if you can reset the BIOS hardware/software connections and then clear the CMOS to access your Windows 7 install disc.
Resetting hardware/software connections in the BIOS and clearing temporary memory of corruption:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

Clear the CMOS:Use your system manual to find instructions for accessing the BIOS...
In the BIOS, go to the EXIT screen...
Choose load setup/optimized defaults... Read more

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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

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

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Hi, Simono here,

A friend has allowed me to take there PC home with me because they can not start-it anymore.
This is what I'm seeing. After hooking everything up, I turned it on. The machine powers-up, all fans running, and sits there. There is no sounds of cycling, or of any normal sounds you usually hear from a start-up. I've worked on this same computer about 6 months ago so I remember what it does.
I restarted is several times to try and catch the screen display for booting in safe mode but, there's not even a flicker on the screen... it remains solid black.
Sense the OS is Vista, I put in my recovery disk that came with my computer, hoping this would trigger a response. I tried restarting the pc several time with the disk in but the screen remains black... again, not even a flicker.

Is there a way to reset the system besides unplugging it, or something else I can try?



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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I have a Dell Vista machine that I am trying to reload the operating system on to. Currently the PC will not boot. I have the restore disks and want to restore Vista but the PC will not read the DVD drive. How can I get the PC to read the DVD drive?
Thanks for your help.

A:Dell Vista

Hi Tweak2 and Welcome to TSF,

Do you see the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD..." message during startup or not?
If it's shown but not loaded properly, make sure the disc is fine by trying it in another machine.

If you don't see that message you need to access BIOS to change the Boot Priority, to set the machine to boot from CD/DVD first.

To do so, press "DEL" during startup until you get into BIOS. Look for "Boot priority" / "Boot order" settings, and set CD/DVD as 1st boot.

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I just installed a new HP computer with Vista. The computer doesn't seem to recognize the HP720 Ink Jet printer which is attached via a USB port. I downloaded the only driver I could find (xp), but when I try to install the printer, it takes forever. Then when it finally finishes, it can't find the printer. Any suggestions?

A:Vista and a Dell 720 Ink-Jet

I just checked and vista has native drivers for that printer. Are you sure your usb is working ok ie no yellow marks in device manager?

Next as I recall hp printers from that era use either LPT1 or usb. Have you tried connecting via a printer cable?

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Hi all,
Someone mentioned that a Dell Vista reinstalltion might not work on a new motherboard, the DVD itself says that its for installation on Dell PCs only but do you think the DVD will actually block the installation if it detects another motherboard? Or do you think that it would just not activate maybe?
If so, im aware that i would have to buy a full version of Windows 7 and the price seems to vary from one seller to another, can anyone recommend the cheapest place to buy it?

Actually to make the matter more complicated here is the scenario , I currently have Vista installed on the Dell machine but i intend to move the hard drive to the new motherboard with Vista on it. Now many people say that Vista should automatically work with the new motherboard if i repair so in which case i wouldnt be doing a completly new install. Any ideas?

A:Dell Vista on another motherboard?

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My son loaded windows vista on my acer laptop via a dell windows cd now i now i cant see any of my network connections i want to factory restore my pc i normaly do so using alt f10 BUT this is not working please help thanks

A:Dell vista cd used on Acer pc please help

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So I have a Dell 1720 and a newly installed 64 bit vista..(Business) My laptop came with 32bit Premium, But since it crashed i figured I would put 64 bit on to get the most out of my 4 gigs of RAM, But I have managed to get all of the drivers working BUT 1 It is the Wireless card It doesn't work.. Does anyone know of a 64 bit Driver for the dell 1720?

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I got a user that was working with a Dell Latitude D630 running Vista. I know dell and vista is their first problem. The user powered down the laptop and then went to turn it back on and nothing. The laptop acts like its going to power up and i get a black screen and i see the mouse pointer and i can move it but thats all. I booted to safe mode and same thing. Im new to vista so im stuck. Please help.

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Wont validate WGA , tried turn off Norton and spyware doctor still no geniune authorization.
Any help appreciated. The active x wont load.

Heres the diagnostic report :

Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Results
Passed Active scripting allowed
Passed Display images enabled
Passed Computer time and date correct
Passed ActiveX enabled
(Failed )Windows validation ActiveX loaded
(Failed )Office validation ActiveX loaded
(Failed) Validation Self-help ActiveX loaded


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hi all . not sure if this is the correct forum so please move if its not

i'm on a dell inspiron. it has become very slow opening pages so i think im using too much memory . i have an itunes libary which i plan to move to a hard drive to free up some space .

however ive tried cleaning up my files but dont really know how to .
a pop up box tells me that my E disk in low on memory and to clean it up. however when i try this all
it opens is my recycle bin which uses 0 bites
how do i find out my memory usage and clean up unused/inwanted files

can someone please intruct me how to install the bluetooth on the laptop
thanks for any help .
here in hjt log if it helps

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 07:42:42, on 15/03/2012
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Webcam\Dell Webcam Central\WebcamDell.exe
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\MyPrinter\BJMYPRT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2012\avgtray.exe
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A:slow dell on vista

I have a dell and mine came with a dell support center theres actually a place in there that will show you exactly how much of what is taking up your disk space like pics videos documents and stuff

just click the tool box and wrench (Dell support center)
click Hard Drive Status
then under additional tools
Drive Space Manager

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Haya, i put my HD into my bro Vista Dell PC cus my PC flipped n i wanted to use his to scan my HD. The PC said press CTRL+I for Configure or something like that, then something About RADI0 Came up, I, Like an idiot removed RAID0 then created a RAID0 again. Now when the PC boots it say press F1 to retry and F2 to enter setup, and something about cannot find boot device?? What does this mean??

A:RAID0 Vista+Dell

I think you may have to do a repair install using the Vista disk.

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How do i reboot vista dell laptop?

A:Reboot-Dell with vista

can you explan more - what do you mean by reboot ?
model of the dell would also help

Do you want to recover and set back to factory condition
Restore to a previous date

or if you want to reboot the PC just go to start - and restart

I see you explained more in your duplicate thread - closing this one

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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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Got a new pc delivered from dell tried to set it up got most of the way then monitor went blank scratched my head for 10 mins cant remember if i switched it off with the button or pulled plug rang up dell guy said it was probably me pulling the plug out to early during installation so tried to install again from the partition that has factory reset image this had the same result so now its only an hour old and he talks me through installing the os again with discs provided which in its self is a pain as it writes over the hard disc so i lose the quick recovery function from partition which was one of the features that appealed to me when buying,and so we added the drivers etc switched the machine off to reboot and everyting looked at is it was going to work entered my password then the screen went blank the technician had put the phone down 30 seconds earler so he doesnt know yet,but i will tell hime tomorrow as he said he would ring to check up on it.
Ive looked on the net and this seems to be a massive problem with people installing vista and there monitors going blank,it seems to me as if dell are going to say its my fault for messing up the install but i dont think i have.
Have i got a leg to stand on it hasnt even been connected to the net yet as we didnt get that far even if its a vista problem i think dell should sort it out as it hadnt even got connected to the net and should be built to function.
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A:New pc problems already vista dell?

Since it is under warranty, I think you should tell Dell that they need to clean up the problem and give you a working computer (even if it means sending out an on-site technician) very soon or you will be returning it and completely cancelling your order.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 with Windows Vista installed in it. I have had Wireless network in my house for the past year (using Westell Versalink 237W). However, this laptop is unable to detect any wireless connection. I have the modem right next to the computer, and the wireless switch is turned ON, but still no wireless.

The wireless router etc work perfectly. There is no interference from other devices (no microwave, no phone). Is there anyone who has had a similar problem? How do i get my Dell Inspiron with Vista to detect wireless????

I'll appreciate all your suggestions !!!

A:Dell + Vista = no WIRELESS

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Hi to All
I'm trying to solve a problem with my printer and new computer. Yes, I have spent two days with tech-help. No results. I have been able to download and install the software patch I found on the Dell sight. I can not boot up when the printer is plugged in. When I plug it in after booting, the machine does not recognize it as a printer. I does find the driver for the 'unknown device'. Shall I just return my computer? I am about to that stage.

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I have a Dell XPS 410. I have never reformatted an OEM-type machine like a Dell before. how does the "restore" partition on the hard drive factor in? Would I be best served to simply wipe the whole drive and go from CD? OR does Dell typically limit one's abilities in this regard? I'm not sure what all was actually included on the disc, and I don't want to have to end up buying a full retail version of Vista if I mess it up somehow.

ps, I have an external hard drive on which I have downloaded the latest Video drivers and such, if this will help me at all....

A:reformatting a Dell Xps with Vista

no this is a new dell laptop and came with windows vista.

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Hello all, I just acronis'ed (partition resized) Vista x64 from the whole hard drive 451 to 150gb and to make space for windows 7 installation on the free 300gb. During the resize the laptop went to sleep so I had to reboot --- but after rebooting, I could not create a partition because it reported as no space available. Somehow ? I got out of that and managed to resize again, this time successfully (so I thought) to 150gb. Installed Win7 successfully on the 300gb partition but now unable to boot back to Vista although the bootup gives both options win7 and vista. Ran EBCD and set up windows 7 boot with vista as second choice. Still no luck - Vista will not come up - even in safe mode - it just sits there with a black screen and the arrow cursor.

Tried the original install disk and did repair several times from the CD on vista partition but still did not start - I then went to command and ran bootrec.exe /fixmbr etc... it said successful but still no luck in vista boot. The 150gb partition seems to be intact there are program files and program files (x86) folders with all the installed stuff on it. Anyway I moved all what could be moved into the win7 partition in preparation for the worst!! (a fresh vista re-install). Is this my only solution now ??

Laptop is a Dell and has data backup - laptop still under warranty. If I re-install Vista I can re-install all the programs but how can I get back the Dell software for the online backup facilities ?
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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

PS: did you look in disk management to see if both partitions are marked as active?
I don't know how to get there in win7.


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Please help me! I just recently bought a new Dell desktop for our business and would l like to run 2 OS on it. I was able to partition the hard drive but no matter what I do I can't get XP Professional to install on the new partition. Anyone know of any secrets about working around Dell's/"I don't want to run any other OS besides Vista?"


A:Vista Dell Mayhem

Is there an OS currently installed on the machine? Would that be Vista? Without any other OS installed yet... does the machine boot up well to Vista (assuming it is Vista)?

May be this can help you:

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I am not sure which is causing the problem, Vista or Dell, so will be posting in both places.

I am running my design program and printing books which have lots of text.

When I try to print and tell the printer to "duplex and flip on long edge" the printer prints the book's text with a red blur behind each and every letter.

I have spent half the day screaming at my program, the printer and

Can anyone help?

Thanks .

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I recently bought a Dell laptop for school. Admittedly I am a newb, and might have messed the pc up further than it already was. BUT....I have contacted Dell multiple times about my issues, and they finally threw up their hands and told me I would have to redo the entire system. I don't really have the time to do this, and was wondering if anyone else would have suggestions to help me fix my pc. I am having the following problems:
Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player are both unable to play music, movies, video either online, on disk, or from the hard drive without skipping
(I am fairly sure the files on my hard drive are not corrupted because I used a pocket drive to move some to a friends pc to check if they still skipped, and they did not)
Videos skip when I try to play them off of websites (i.e. youtube)
Recently my pc will go wacko on me and continue to open internet windows until i spam the task manager "end program" button (it got to about 70 windows once when I left the room and came back) I have run spyware checkers/virus scans and they haven't found anything
Also, the pc tends to run very slow, which makes little sense to me, as I just bought it a month and a half ago.

I am running an XPS M1530
Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T8100 2.10 GHz
4.00 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT

Any help on this would be much appreciated. Even if it is just telling me re programming is necessary. (and maybe how to do it lol)

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The CNET site, Studio 1535 review shows my Intel T8100 as a 64 bit VISTA OS but is came with VISTA 32. I would like to reformat and load a fresh 64 bit Windows 7. Is this possible, and will 32-bit Vista drivers work with a 64 bit Windows 7 OS?

A:Dell 1535 from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit Win 7

The 1535 should run W7 64-bit fine since Vista 64-bit is an option for that computer. The W7 installation disk should automatically install most of the drivers you need and for those it doesn't have, the Vista 64-bit drivers here Drivers & Downloads
should work (32-bit drivers will not work with your W7 64-bit installation).

Dell is updating a lot of their drivers now that W7 is out and I wouldn't be surprised to see W7 drivers offered for the 1535 in the near future.

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Using HP SimpleSave, I backed up my files on a Windows XP computer. I'm now looking to restore them on the Dell Vista desk top. For some reason, I don't seem to be able to do that even though the program is downloaded (I think.)

As far as I remember, on the XP all I did was plug it in. Am I wrong? Should I have a disk hiding around someplace, or is it a program I need to download from HP? (I haven't been able to see one on line.)

As it is holding all my files and photos from the old computer, I'm anxious not to lose anything. Are you able to help?


A:SimpleSave and Dell Vista

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Have a Dell Inspiron 5305. Today it wouldn't boot to Vista. It goes to the Dell screen but that's it. I can't get to the Boot menu because it than takes me to a screen that says ' Diskette drive 0 seek failure F1 to continue (than takes me to a black screen with a small line flashing in upper left corner) or F2 to go to set up menu. I've tried to put the Vista reinstallation CD in but it won't run. A few months back I had a similar problem due to a virus but was able to use the CD to fix it. Any ideas/advice?

A:Dell not booting to Vista

can you get into the bios? if so is your HDD listed or no? and you can from there change your boot order so you can boot from the CD/DVD first.

also check all your cables to see if one did not just come loose.

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Hi I don't know what else to do about restoring my dell windows vista inspiron . 531 with the operating system disk. Everything I try doesn't work can I please have some help?

A:Dell Windows Vista

Are you getting an error message?
Is it a factory Dell os DVD disk or are you trying to reinstall from the recovery partition on the hard drive?

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Hello I have a Vista Dell E6400 and I just moved to California. The Ethernet at my house in GA worked fine and then when I tried to connect it to A LAN Ethernet in Florida it says that there is limited or no connectivity. Please help me please.

A:Need help with my Vista dell e6400

Hello Moneymo2013, could you please elaborate some more I would like some more detail? What do you mean when you try to connect to your Ethernet at your house? Do you mean when you try to connect to your router or your cable/DSL mode via the network interface card (NIC)?

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Hello, I've had this problem for a while:
When I click "shut down" my Dell does a shut-down/start-up instead.
I have to tell it (at least )twice to shut down when it finally does after 2nd/3rd attempt.

I have tried a reinstall also
Thanks ahead

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In the last 2 weeks I have installed over 10 Dell laptops with Vista Home basic/Home premium. I have encountered these 2 specific problems on most of them!.

1 - They all had a 60 day trial of Office 2007. Having entered the License Key and registered the product everytime I open an Office application from the Start Menu it trys to reinstall again. If I use the Dell Dock it does not happen.

2 - On most occasions when trying to open the control panel it does not respond forcing Windows Explorer to restart.

I have not had these problems on other makes.

Has anybody else come accross these problems?

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.

All these symptoms - but only on Dell products?


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Ok this will be a long post, here it goes:

I had some beast malware on my laptop (a Dell Studio XPS M 1640) so I went ahead and re-installed the OS. However, I messed it up.

So I instert the Dell Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP 1 disk and the dell symbol comes up and says loading so I press F 12 and the boot menu comes up and I select right from CD/DVD. Then it says press any key to enter so I do. I believe I got it right up till now.

I then Formated both of the drives (C and D) when the two options came up. I proceeded to click on the one I thought was right and clicked next. So it does its stuff and I enter my password etc. I notice however when I get to the desktop my D drive has 450 GB and my C has only 15 GB. So I re-try installing it and pick the other option (I didnt format it this time). This worked out a little better, the C had 450 GB and the D had the right amount, 15 GB or something. I noticed that both said Local Disk C however and there was no recovery. So I am worried but proceed to try and install the Dell Drives and whatnot but am perplexed because I can't figure out which to install and if I was doing it correctly. THEN, I restart the comp and I low and behold there are TWO choices, both saying Windows Vista. One was the OS with the D drive of 450 GB and the other was the more normal one.

So, I go ahead and try to reinstall it again and Format the two drives but being and idiot I picked the D drive as my main slot again so it has 450GB!!. At t... Read more

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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Hey, Tech Support Forum - Experts.

I'm having so many problems with my P.C., I don't even know where to start. I contacted an expert on Craigslist yesterday and explained what was going on. I asked how much it would cost to fix everything and he said $150.00. If I had the extra money to spend, I would, but I don't. So... my question is, can any of you guys help me? I just want it to be like very first time I turned it on.

Thanks, LastKings.

A:Dell Inspiron 531 - Windows Vista

It should have a reinstall partition to reinstall Windows and all the programs it came with, You'll need to back up any data(Documents, Pictures, etc) that you wish to keep first.> Restoring Your Dell Computer to Original Factory Installation with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 | Dell

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I've been trying to read up on this subject for the last week, found some sites with some instructions.. First off my problem beforehand is i dont understand alot of whats being explained (im computer illiterate when comes to things like this)

Basically i wanna turn my Vista 32bit OS to a 64bit.. i know i have to do a "clean install" and thats where i get stuck.. how do i exactly do this.. everyplace i read says the instructions are simple, but uhh not for me.."do this do that" well explain how to get to that point first lol. Am i confusing anyone yet? any help on this matter that even a caveman can understand would be AWESOME!

i have a Dell Demonsions XPS 420, Vista 32bit

I wanted to put Windows 7 Ult 64bit, which im sure is the same concept as throwing in a Vista 64bit and i have the Disks for them already, just need to get the clean install going.. ty for any help

A:Win Vista 32bit to 64bit on Dell XPS 420 HELP!

Insert the disk, reboot and boot from cd.

You will get to select a hard drive to install the OS on, select the drive and click the delete button this will clear the hard drive. Simply proceed to install the os on the hard drive.

The install is pretty user friendly.

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New hard drive; clean installation of Vista Business on my Dell 8400.

I cannot get sound to work. Tried for drivers but I installed driver they suggest and it does not work.

A:Dell 8400 w/Vista - no sound

There aren't any drivers for Vista from Dell for that system model number. That computer has the ADI 198x audio chipset. Sometimes drivers from other manufacturers work.

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Hi Guys,

I'm getting a dell studio, but want to dual boot with xp. The only thing is I've read its a heck of a lot easier when u have vista disc to repair bootloader. Do you know if the del studio comes with disc, or just HDD partition backup. I haven't seen a clear answer on this so far and if you don't get it its just a pain. You should always get a disc of the OS in my opinion.


A:Dell Studio come with Vista disc?

You will need a separate copy of Vista

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I am trying to fix a computer for my girlfriend's mother so she can have a family computer in her living room so her family will stay off of hers, but that's beside the point. Anyway, what computer I am trying to fix is a Dell desktop, not completely sure the model of it at the moment (although if it is required I can find out). When trying to start the computer up, it says disk read error: 0 or something to that degree. I shut off all of the disk drives in the system setup and what do you know the computer started right up into Windows Vista. However, it randomly shuts off (it was doing this from the beginning before I could get it to boot into Vista). I have since deleted the partition and to install Vista from scratch like I was intending to do, however I cannot complete the installation before it turns off. Forgive me if I am posting in the wrong section, it's just there are a few things that are going wrong for this disaster I didn't know where to put it. Any suggestions? My thought is a hardware problem, but it could be something so simple to fix that I have been overlooking it.

A:Help with Dell Desktop and Windows Vista

" disk read error: 0 " refers to an error in the Windows bootloader.See if this link helps:Windows Repair

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I have upgraded my Dell XPS M1210 from XP to Vista and any connection to Media Direct seems to be lost. I mean, in the laptop there is no sign of that software.
I guess it wasn't installed with Vista because is not part of it but if I start the computer directly into Media Direct, it works fine but to get updates for example it says to go and access Media Direct from Windows.
How do i get Media Direct to "reappear" in Windows?

Other question:
Looking at my Disk Management, my hard drive is divided into 5 partition
1 110 MB EISA Configuration What is it?
2 is the C drive
3 8 MB unallocated
4 2 GB Primary (I think this is media direct)
5 3 GB Primary ( i think this is the Dell Symantc Recovery partition)

How do i get the 8MB unallocated and the 3GB of the dell recovery ( since it seems it doesn't work anymore) to be addedd to the main partition?


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Hi, I have a Dell Vostro 400 with Win XP Home on it and I should upgrade out of it but I want to keep all my programs and settings. I have the Dell Reinstallation DVD for Vista Ultimate 32 bit. I'm under the impression that that is an upgrade path. Once I get there, can I upgrade to Win 7 Pro 32 bit and still keep my programs?

I'm trying to follow instructions at Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Software Guides

A:Dell Vostro 400 - Upgrade XP to Vista then Win 7

According to Microsoft, you can upgrade from XP to Vista and keep your files and programs.

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista

Ditto for upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

Personally, I would do a clean install of Windows 7, bypassing Vista completely. Your computer will run better and there will be no leftover junk from XP to cause problems later on. Just backup your data first.

The guide you are following is overkill to the max, way to much information and steps.

No matter what you do, please backup your data first. Even better would be to make an image backup to an external hard drive so if anything goes wrong you have a easy way to recover.

Is the copy of Windows 7 a upgrade or full version?

For Upgrade: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

For a Full version: Clean Install Windows 7

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I am about to install Windows Vista Business on a Dell XPS M1210 laptop bought with the offer from Dell to upgrade from Windows XP to Vista.
Has anyone done that? I have heard of lots of problems particularly with MediaDirect software that should be re-installed.
I have not installed any new software or hardware on the laptop so it should be a smooth process but I wouldn't want to get into some trouble.
Any advice or suggestion welcome

A:Dell Windows Vista upgrade

This is just my personal opinion because I have seen many people with problems after doing an Upgrade install. If you are very lucky it will be fine, but it seems to sometimes go wrong. Upgrade installs have always had problems and Vista does not seem to be any better.

You can do a clean install with an Upgrade DVD . This of course will wipe the hard drive and lose all your programs and data. It also takes longer as you actually have to install Vista twice, but you get a good clean install at the end of it. It is not as long as that might sound since Vista installs quicker than XP

Have a read and see what you think

Use Upgrade Advisor first

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I continue to get some werid problems on a new Dell XPS machine. The OS will not allow open windows to be closed down using the X in the top right, you must open task manager to close windows. The other issue is that I constantly get bad image.dll messages for various programs. I have reinstalled those programs which has had no positive effect. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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How long should it take to install SP2 on a Dell Vostro 1510? I have attempted a clean install of Vista SP1 and cant get wireless drivers or updates to install. I shut it down and and its started installing an update (SP2 is the only one I tried to download) Its been "installing" at least an hour now. 15 meg cable internet. I get the feeling the install is failing.
This morning it BSODed once when I googled wireless drivers. Then the install wizard froze trying to install the driver. Error code 40.
I am ready say screw it and put XP on this thing.

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

I forced a shutdown. It wasnt doing anything.

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Hi I am hoping someone here can help me and I am not sure if I should be posting here or in the Vista forum, so apologies if I am in the wrong forum.

My friend bought her son a Dell Inspiron 531 with Windows Vista, to cut a long story short, after encountering problems we spoke to Dell who agreed to send her XP and told her they would not support the software and she would need the drivers.
Now more problems, she had someone put XP on it but he said he needs the drivers for the following

Video Adaptor

SM Bus

NIC Adaptor

PCI Device unkknown

He said that she might need someone with the same pc to find out what was needed but as she ,hubby and son are novices they had no clue where to begin. and the Dell helpline is closed all weekend.
I am not that much help to her as I am not clued up on such matters plus I live quite a way from her so I am posting here to see if anyone can either help or point me in the right direction
Thanks in advance

ps: I did go to the Dell site but wasn't sure what I was looking for and was unsure about posting there as it is not my PC that I am enquiring about.

A:Help with Dell Inspiron 531 with Vista changing to XP

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I am trying to fix a computer for my girlfriend's mother so she can have a family computer in her living room so her family will stay off of hers, but that's beside the point. Anyway, what computer I am trying to fix is a Dell desktop, not completely sure the model of it at the moment (although if it is required I can find out). When trying to start the computer up, it says disk read error: 0 or something to that degree. I shut off all of the disk drives in the system setup and what do you know the computer started right up into Windows Vista. However, it randomly shuts off (it was doing this from the beginning before I could get it to boot into Vista). I have since deleted the partition and to install Vista from scratch like I was intending to do, however I cannot complete the installation before it turns off. Forgive me if I am posting in the wrong section, it's just there are a few things that are going wrong for this disaster I didn't know where to put it. Any suggestions? My thought is a hardware problem, but it could be something so simple to fix that I have been overlooking it.

A:Help with Dell Desktop and Windows Vista

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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.

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i always used the control shift f11 key combos and it would always work. but now they are saying to do the f8 when the dell logo comes up and then another screen pops up where i am supposed to choose repair computer or something like that but the option to go to that screen doesnt come up on my computer. what am i doing wrong!

and i dont need the discs and what not to restore anything, i just use the computer as my gaming sims computer and i have all the pics and stuff i need already saved onto my mac.

A:restoring dell pc windows vista?

Have a look here (Step 3): Restoring Your Computer?s Software to the Factory Settings | Dell US

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Think i have a virus,nothing will update; security,windows,java etc. Keep getting redirected on every site i try to visit. (very frustrating)Tried to reinstall vista with reinstallation disc, dvr drive will not respond with vista disc but works with any other disc.Tried clicking f8 on startup but takes me to a password screen similar to normal password screen ,but it looks like its in safe mode and will not accept my user name or password.All i want is a complete restore but it will not let me! Please anyone help before i throw it off the roof!

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).

Do you know when this problem began? Try a System Restore to a point in time BEFORE the problem began. Here's the procedure: Be sure to check the box to show more than 5 days of restore points. If the first attempt fails, then try an earlier point or two. NOTE: You will have to re-install any software and updates you installed between now and the restore point, but you can use Windows Update for the updates. Use the recovery disk if the system prompt doesn’t work. The recovery disk works a bit different from the above procedures but if you follow the prompts from the System Restore menu option with the above information you should be able to restore with no problems.

If the System Restore doesn't work, do a Startup Repair by booting to the genuine Windows Vista Installation Disk (or one you can borrow from ANYONE) or from a Recovery Disk with recovery options included on it. Here's the procedu... Read more

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Hi, I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with vista and whenever I turn it on the dell logo shows up and then it turns into a black screen with a flickering white line in the top left corner. Also can not click F8 to restart my computer from an earlier date or use safe mode. The only F keys that work are F2 for setup and F12 for boot menu and control alt delete only resets the computer to the black screen. Please help me fix my computer.

A:Dell inspiron 1525 w/ Vista

Do you have a vista install disc? If you do you can try the startup repair.

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My Friend bought a second hand PC, 2 months down the line a message has popped up saying it is a non genuine version of vista. she wants to upgrade to Windows 7 Genuine. i have said i will help her but can anyone tell me if an upgrade version of 7 will be ok or does she need to buy the full version and also will there be any probs because the vista is not genuine.
Thanks in anticipation of any help.

A:[SOLVED] Dell PC with Non-Genuine Vista

the vista must be genuine before you can upgrade to win7 your better of doing a clean install.

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Got BSOD on Dell Latitude running Vista.
Stop:0x00000024 .........
Diagnostis Error Code for IDE Disk: 0F00:0244 (5 blocks listed then error code 0F00:1A44. Run chkdsk and scandisk say everything is fine. I have diagnostic and driver CDs but not Vista operating system. CD. I assume the HD needs to be replaced, but is there anyway I can get an Vista OS and download to another computer and then install on Latitude?

Or are there any other ideas?

A:BSOD on Vista on Dell Latitude

Download BlueScreenView:
unzip downloaded file and double click on BlueScreenView.exe to run the program.
when scanning is done, go to EDIT - Select All
Go to FILE - SAVE Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt
Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all of the content, and paste it into your next reply

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Hey everyone
I have a almost two year old Dell with Vista home premium 32bit and it's driving me nuts. I've always had troubles with it, but they usually just solve themselves.
It came with the Intel Matrix Manager thing and there are two RAID volumes. Now, they **** up all the time which makes the computer go nuts. This morning the first RAID volume was degraded and listed as "Error Occurred". Usually I just boot up, go into the Matrix Manager and rebuild it and all is "fine".
Today, however, after it was on 8% of the rebuilt, it either BSOD'd or rebooted by itself (I was afk) and I haven't been able to boot up successfully since then. The RAID volume still lists as degraded with an error and the boot just stalls after the Ctrl-I line.
I tried Dell's DVD and tried to repair the computer, but after it says it has errors and I select restart, it just goes blank.
I also tried safe mode F8, but it seems it's not working. No matter how many bajillion times I press that key, it never gets to safe mode.

Now, I don't really get the whole RAID thing, but I think it is to blame.
Apart from a cry for help in general, I have a specific question. If I want to stop using the RAID thing and just have a normal computer, should I reset or delete the RAID volumes? I'm afraid I'm going to lose data if I choose the wrong option.
Anyway, any help with bringing my computer up would be very much appreciated.
I'm new to the whole tech forum thing, so any specs you need, just le... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop that I am planning on attempting to dual-boot fairly soon.

I have never attempted to tweak my computers in any way before, so I?m in rather inexperienced territory here. Before I seriously attempt to do this and quite possibly end up way over my head, I was wanting to know if this was even possible to do using an OEM XP SP1 disk in conjunction with OEM Vista? XP OS disk is from the same manufacturer, both systems have the same chipset and graphics controller manufacturer (Intel), and also have much of the same class of BIOS version (Desktop: A03 - Laptop: A16) as well ? so there shouldn?t be any conflicting issues there, right?

Also, I?d like to know if anyone thought I might run into potential problems if I?m prompted to use the XP activation key. I don?t want to lose my license for the desktop it actually came with as it is still in use. Would there be no problems arising from that because it?s being installed again on a Dell?

I also do not want to loose my system?s recovery partition that would allow me to Factory Restore, as my Vista disk does not allow the repair install option. Is there any way at all that I can keep from losing that from doing this?

Lastly, I?m intending to follow this method here for this. Does anyone spot any potential problems with following that method in my particular case? Or does anyone know of a better method that I can follow with more specifics on the whole OEM thing?
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A:Dell OEM Vista + OEM XP Dual-Boot?

I realize this is an old post but answering anyway

the simple answer is no

I have one so I know

the 1525 uses two different bios settings one for vista and one for XP

if you attempt to use the procedure you picked out

it will load xp but when you reboot you will get two corrupted OS's

What I did was bought a sata drive and a carrier for the computer and just swap drives (remembering to reset the bios each time

Sorry but Dell is very adamant about not being able to dual boot for some reason on this machine

its a Pain but it works

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I have been given a dell inspiron 531 with 64 bit AMD processor, running 32 bit vista home basic, that has responded well to RAM upgrade to 4GB.

I want to install 64 bit win 8 pro media centre which I have on an original MS CD. either over current vista or on separate partition as dual boot.

For some reason the dell wont read the MS win 8 64 disk (or any other original MS OS disks I have (vista-32/7-64/8-32)) but reads pretty much everything else (DVD's excepted as currently has no DVD reading software.)..either through explorer or during is not only original ms discs that are a problem as dell won't read win8-64 enterprise trial iso I burned myself either.

I have tried turning off security software (MS security essentials/MS firewall) change.

CD's all read fine via explorer on my lightly hopped up HP tx1340ea running win 8-64 pro media centre.

Can anyone help/advise?

kind regards


A:win 8 64 won't install on 32 vista dell inspiron 531

Sounds like the DVD drive needs to be replaced.

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My Dell laptop which runs vista is painfully slow. I have McAfee, Adaware, Spybot and all the Vista security. I have tried Mozilla software to see if e-mail and internet would load up faster but no luck. Here is my Hijack this log, which looks pretty full to my inexperienced eye. Any helpful hints would be most welcome.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 17:32:23, on 24/07/2007
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\SharedCOM\RoxWatchTray9.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\mskagent.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\CLI.EXE
C:\Program Files\Dell\MediaDirect\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPS\mpsevh.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thu... Read more

A:Slow Dell Vista laptop

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Hi all,
New to this forum, I have a Dell A960 All In One printer and just installed Windows Vista 64 bit OS and need the 64 bit drivers for my printer. Anyone know where I can get the drivers, was hoping Dell would have these but they do not. I am also hoping I can get the drivers without out of pocket expense.



A:Vista x64 bit drivers for Dell AIO 960 printer

Drivers and Downloads

Windows Vista Compatibility Dell Dell All-in-One Printer A960

The top link is the driver, the second link is the microsoft help site.

The driver is for the 64bit version.

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After 8 years using Dell desktop utilizing Windows Millennium OS, its time to replace. Dell CRT E770 Monitor still working like new and would like to continue using it. Still have setup drivers CD furnished with computer. Having difficulty clarifying with Dell rep if indeed present monitor will work on a Vista OS. Any successful experiences accomplishing this with details would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Dell monitor compatibility WM vs Vista

Not sure about the Dell, but I have an old Sun CRT from way way back when that works fine. I think yiurs should br fine, as there are no obvious incompatabilities. The only prob I can see potentially is that your screen res max may be different

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Hi, I have just registered.
I am interested in computers having started with a TRS 16K level 2 in 1981, followed by a BBC model B, followed by a PackardBell 16MHz PC. I then bought an Acorn RISC computer upgraded to StrongArm and only changed bacvk to PCs because I needed email facilities.

Here are details of my present PC
I have a Dell Dimension 5000 P4 with HT technology (3.00 GHz, 800fsb, 1MB cache) with 1GB Ram
160GB HD
128mb ATI Radeon Graphics
Sound Blaster Audigy
The operating system is XP SP3
I use Avast, ZoneAlarm, CCleaner, Spyware Doctor.
I use Woks and Worksuite, Picasa3, Micrografx\Picture Publisher,
Serif PagePlus11, Serif PhotoPlus10, Audacity,
I am very happy with the setup

My wife has my old Desktop which had W98 and which has been upgraded to XP SP3 (from a new XP upgrade). This is an Intel Pentium3 732MHz with 512 MB Ram and serves her purpose for emails and word processing.

Two weeks ago I ordered a Dell Inspiron Laptop with Dual2Core processor, 2GB RAM and 250MBHD. It came with Vista just a week ago. I successfully connected the laptop to my wireless modem and two other desktops. I deleted McAfee and installed Avast and ZoneAlarm which caused problems. I ended up with open windows on the screen when setting up Avast which I could not remove. Even the TaskManager would not close this application. I opened folders to put photo images in and before I could the open folders disappeared. Vista upgraded eac... Read more

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
Oh and I came from similar days, but never owned a computer until about 4sim cards of 1meg ram (might have been 2sims cards, can't remember) But involved in computers before that as well

Thread moved from Introduce yourself

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Hello - I can't seem to find my d drive. lol It has disappeared under my computer and when I put a cd into the drive, nothing happens. Anybody have any idea what could be wrong?

A:d drive disappeared - vista/dell

After checking the power and IDE/SATA cables to be sure they haven't come loose, you can try this (after backing up your registry, of course)

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
4. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type UpperFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
5. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type LowerFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
6. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

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I want to buy a Dell system but it comes with Pre installed Windows Vista Home Premium & they do not offer Win XP.

I would like to install Win XP Pro SP3 in it and remove Vista.

(1) Can I do that & if yes how ? I have Windows XP Pro SP3 CD that came with my another Dell system.

(2) How important is it to learn Vista ? I do not like Vista but it looks like sooner or later I am going to have to learn it. Any idea of what percentage of people owning computers now use Vista instead of other Windows OS ?

Thanks Much.

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

Well Vista comes preinstalled on most computers you buy these days so. And as for installing Xp (if you want) Pop the cd in to the tray reboot reformat your hdd when its asks and install xp the rest of the way. now if you are runing that xp cd installed on the other system you will have to get another cd key from microsoft unless its a student version or retail

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When I turn on the CPU and I see the screen where I put my password in for Vista the color looks great. Once I put in my password and it loads my desktop and the icons appear, there is a change in the color tones. I can't have it this way. I bought my computer to build my website where I sell jewelry that I make. If the color is off like this I can't adjust the pictures because they'll look terrible on other's computers when they access my website. How can I make this color change stop and just remain like it looks at the password screen? Please lead me through it. I had bought a Dell flat panel Monitor and besides another issue it was doing the same thing so I hooked up my old CRT from my previous computer and had the same thing happen. My son's laptop has the same color all the time so I don't understand. I'd appreciate any help! My info is below.

Here is my info from Belarc:

Operating System System Model
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 (build 6001) Dell Inc. Inspiron 530
System Service Tag: 6T5NWG1 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: 6T5NWG1
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Dell Inc. 0RY007
Serial Number: ..CN7360485C05LQ.
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. 1.0.15 06/20/2008
Drives Memory Modules c,d
350.17 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
272.74 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free ... Read more

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A number of you have addressed this issue in this expired thread (, but I've just confronted it, myself, hence the new thread. I have a supertech helping me; if we (mostly he) figure this out, I'll try to remember to post "how we did it." Thanks for your prior posts in re....

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I have done just about as much research as one person could do on the subject, and I am (fortunately for my nerves) coming to a fairly firm understanding of what I can/cannot should/should not do in regards to my situation. Here's what I am left with:
I am currently running Win Vista x32 on my Dell XPS 410. Here are the specs:

-Dell Dimension DXP061
-Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 2.39 GHz (Number of processer cores: 4)
-4 GB Ram (PC2-5300 4X1GB Sticks with 2 dual channel slots)
-300 GB Internal Hard Drive
-NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS (Stock GFX Card died, and I replaced it with this less than a year ago)
-Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit (64-bit capable/compatible)
-Intel P965 Chipset

As you can tell, I have not been running this rig to it's full potential...and to be honest, I didn't even realize what it was capable of until about 1 week ago. Here's what I know I can do from here:

1) Install Win 7 x64 (Clean)
2) Install SDD Hard Drive and install W7 (Retail Copy) to new drive.
3) Install up to 8gb ram (with 99.9% certainty, regardless of what dell documentation and crucial says. I know the chipset I mentioned can support 8gb, I have seen countless posts of users with the same system running 8gb, and I can physically put 8gb ram in the system)

Bear in mind that as the amount of money it takes to effectively do what I have listed above goes up, the worth goes down. I purchased the machine in 2007 and the goal here is to optimize for less than it would cost to build... Read more

A:Upgrading Dell XPS 410 from Vista x32 to 7x64

1. Retail
2. Ssd & Hdd

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Evening All,
I spent 11 hours today trying to resolve the issue below. If anyone is able to help, believe me, I will be most greatfull!!.
After noticing my system speed dropping over several days I ran AVG and IOBit Malware and got rid of several cookies etc. I also cleaned up my drives removing old temporary files etc.
Due to a concern over security I also renamed my router and reset its and windows passwords. This morning I was unable to access either safe mode or normal mode via normal login username and passwords. The same for the Adminsitrator account. I can only get into normal mode via a biometric fingerprint scanner.
Once in windows I am unable to access and service, application or task that requires some adminastrive privelidges. I can not run reg edt, services, msconfig. I can run CMD but not as Administrator. I can access the web but can not install any programs I download.
I've tried using a couple of password hacks and think I must have viewed a few hundred posts whilst trying to resolve this issue. Unfortunately they all assume the ability to get to the UAC, be able to change a password or get administrator access. I can not.
All scans for rootkits, malware etc come up blank. My cd drive won't work and I dont have a installation or repair cd thanks to a recent move.
So, after 11 hours, any help welcome!. No pressure!.

A:Vista 32 bit on Dell XPS, The service can not be started,......

I forgot to mention the full error message I get is "The service cannot be started either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it".
Task manager now only shows user processes and I cant access the services to modify any.

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This is my first post here, hopefully it turns out great. I'm trying to fix a family members computer, got to love being everyone's tech guy, and I'm having some problems.

First off, the hard drive's toast I believe, hooked it up via SATA to my computer to try and pull some data off it, only the Recovery Partion shows up, and when I try to click to go into my whole computer freezes, and I have to unplug the HDD and it un-freezes instantly. Hard drvie pretty much shot and all there pictures lost? They didn't back anything up like I told them too.

Next, when I run the Vista Disc to try and restore the operating system, it freezes on that. At the moment I don't have the hard drive even plugged in because it was giving the PC problems booting up even more. BUT the main problem is I got to be able to get Vista to the part where I select my hard drive so I know it'll work before I buy a new HDD for them. It completely freezes when the Windows Vista background appears right before it asks you what language you are, I never get to the language screen. I tried the disc on a laptop I have, works fine. What's causing the disc to freeze? More hardware issues? I also tried booting Ubuntu off a thumb drive on the PC, and it freezes when it gets to the Ubuntu screen with the dots under it, works perfectly fine on my desktop..

Sorry for the story, but hopefully someone can help me out!


A:Dell running Vista Prolbem

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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I installed 500dHD on Dell Inspiron E1405 and now it's crashing and hanging up all the time. Tried formatting the drive and reinstall the OS which is Vista Biz, but cannot format or do anything. Thanks guys

A:Cannot format Dell Vista Laptop

Have you tried doing a clean install of Vista from the CD?

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My friend has a dell computer with vista pre-installed on it. He wants to know if he can take off vista and put on windows xp. Can the computer be reformatted, and put on windows xp on it, and does he need to follow what drivers need to be installed first.

A:[SOLVED] Dell with Vista pre-installed

Hi. . .

Your friend does need to make sure all devices have XP drivers before proceeding. Consult the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

Also contact Dell for instructions on downgrade to XP and Windows license issues.

Regards. . .



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