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Installing Dell Windows XP Home on another computer

Q: Installing Dell Windows XP Home on another computer


I have a Windows XP Home CD I got from dell with my laptop (almost 2 years ago). Well I uninstalled it from my laptop and started using Windows XP Professional right away, and haven't touched the XP home since. One of my friends is having me build a computer for her on a budget, and if I get another license, it'll throw her over the budget. So I have one question: Will I be able to install the XP Home I got with my dell onto the computer with any activation problems? I know I shouldn't, but just to be on the safe side, I thought I'd ask...

A: Installing Dell Windows XP Home on another computer

Welcome to Techspot

Do everybody a favour and install Windows 2000 Pro, if you have that lying around.
No activation problems, and (in my opinion) much more stable than XP.
Install W2K/SP4, update IE to version 6/SP1, then do a full windows-update.
Now take an image of that install, using Drive Image or Acronis TrueImage.
Then install whatever else.

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My hard drive's windows files have become corrupt and I need the files on it, so I purchased a new hard drive. I can't seem to install Windows XP Home onto the new hard drive. Everything goes fine, but then I get an error message saying it can't install the product catalogs. Is this because I'm using a reinstall CD that was provided by Dell. Will I need to actually purchase windows Xp Home ALL over again? Or is this error from something else? I've been stumped for about 3 weeks now. I'l tried EVERYTHING pretty much and I can't reinstall Xp onto my old hard drive properly.

Thanks in advance.

A:Installing Windows Xp Home on a Dell Dimension 8400

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Please help, I have a dell mini 10 netbook and I am trying to install a New fresh copy of windows XP home and when it starts installing all the files, it gets to 57% and stops and says file rpcrt4.dll cannot be copied and when i hit enter to try it again, same thing. If I skip and move on, Its get to the main setup and blue screen comes up and says Unable to locate component,RPCRT4.dll. and that's as far as i can get.

A:Trouble Installing Windows XP Home Full on dell mini 10

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Can I install Windows XP on my dell computer? I mean the regular one that you'd buy in a box at the store. I seem to be having more trouble than it's worth using the Dell Operating System CD to reinstall it. I'm trying to delete the current windows on the hard drive and do a fresh install like I posted before, but it says it can't because it needs the files already installed to make the new install. So what I'm saying is, can I dump the dell disk and just use the real one? I have a feeling that would fix it.

A:Installing Windows on Dell Computer

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I'm building a computer and i got it all put together just fine. but when i go to install windows xp it gives me an error. I also tried putting a drive already formated with windows XP in the new computer and it would just restart itself over and over again before it would even show the XP loading screen. The error is as follows:

When just beginning to load XP home, after loading the initial drivers it was "Starting Windows" and I got a blue screen of death with a
Session 3 initialization failure.

The Tech info read:
stop (0x0000006F,0x0000020,0x00000000,0x00000000)

Now i've been trying to do some research on this error and it appears that i may need to install some thrid party drivers. I'm not familar with the process of installing the thrid party drivers before windows is loaded. Below is a list of all the components i have in the computer:
K24-3904 Kingston 512MB Non-ECC, CL2.5 PC2700 DDR 333MHZ
C375-2014 Cyber Acoustics CA-2014 Desktop 2-PC Speaker Blk TC3Y-083469 80x25 mm LOW-DB Fan with 12" Cable
C250-2182 AMD Socket A CPU Cooler W/Cooper Core AMD Recommen T13-2011 Coolmax ATX 500w PS w/ Silent 120mm Fan Black THD-40H4 ML Hitachi 40GB EIDE HD 7200/2MB/ATA-100
A455-5006 Asus CRW-5232AS CDRW 52X32X52 QuieTrack Black
A457-1214 Aopen Wheel Mouse PS2 Black
P459-2001 PC Chips MB-825G KM266Pro Socket A Motherboard
CP2-XP30003BC AV AMD Athlon XP3000+ Socket A CPU Barton Core 333FSB
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Hi Guys
I have a Dell Optiplex 170L P4 [2.8 ] & H/d fully formated .
Can I use my normal XP Home disc to re-install XP to this PC ?
Or does Dell supply a fresh copy if I gave them the Ser NO & XP Activation NO on set ?

Thanks in advance Oziwombat

A:Installing my OEM XP home on a dell pc

Dell usually will supply replacement restore CD's for your system if you give them a call.

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I have the CD to do this but I'd like to know how to do it without mistakes. I'm using dialup with Netzero, Avast 5.0 A-V. I'm not sure if i have the product key for the Windows XP Home that's already on this computer. It may have been reinstalled from another CD. Where can I find the product key if it's not the one that came with this computer originally?

A:Installing Windows XP Pro SP3# on a computer with Windows XP Home SP 2

you can find a program called 'magic jellybean finder' that will find that for you, right here at bleepingcomputer
in the 'all other applications' category 'freeware replacements for common commercial apps'.

this is one of the best threads on the web.

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I'm trying to dual boot Vista and XP (Vista pre-installed), I know how to do it and all. But when I am up to the point of choosing the partition it only sees partition C (which has Vista on it). I have 2 other partitions and 14GB unallocated space. I have a 500GB Hitachi HDT725050VLA360 ATA

Hoping somebody can help me

A:Missing driver when installing XP Home SP1 on Dell Inspiron 530

Yes thats what it will do... Your running Vista first and trying to install XP... While your in Vista download Partition software to create a new Partition.... once thats done install xp on the new one.... you''ll be good to go.

Heres a 30 day safe trail of Partition Logic software.

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Friends, I have dell inspiron n5110. It had geniune windows 7 home premium. There was dell data restore option in F8 boot menu option to restore my windows. a week ago i installed new windows 7. i didnt deleted recovery partition on my computer but there in no more option of dell data restore in f8 boot menu. Kindly help me to restore my windows. Plz help..... If there is any way to do it using comand prompt or any other way to restore that option in f8. Plz reply..

A:Dell Data restore windows seven home premium Dell inspiron n5110?


Post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen.


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Hello to all,   I recently did a clean reinstall of Windows XP (Home) on my Dell Dimension 2350. All went fine. Now I need to install the correct drivers. I have the Dell Resource disc and this is where the problem starts.    As noted elsewhere, after the reinstall the screen display of the Resource disc is as it would be in "Safe Mode". I was aware of this. As such, the Resource disc Search Criteria screen was a bit larger than the monitor screen. I was able to size it to fit the screen but this is really not the problem it is the following: The Search Criteria options I have from the drop down menus (on screen) are as follows:System Model:   All, Dimension C521, DXC061, Dimension DXP0G1, Dimension E521, DM061, XPS710    (Which, if any, do I pick?)Operating System: (I think I got this one)   All, Windows XPTopic:   (Maybe this one too)   All, Applications, Dell Diagnostics, Diagnostics, Drivers, Utilities   For the life of me I cannot figure out the exact drivers I am to install*. Windows XP only appears in the Operating System menu. I pretty much know the install order but as I said, I'm a bit confused about selecting the correct drivers from the disc. This computer is not connected to the internet at the moment so I can't download and use any sort of driver detection program. Other searches have confused me further and have provided no specific answer to this problem.&nbs... Read more

A:Installing drivers after Windows XP reinstall on Dell Dimension 2350 using Dell Resource disc

You need, in installation order:

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

Go to the Support page and put in your Service Tag. It should give you the drivers you need. You can download them on any PC and copy onto a USB stick for installation on the 2350.
You only need the applications, if you actually use them (eg, Roxio, Jasc Paintshop, etc).
Then install your antiviral software and get online to the Microsoft Update site for all the patches and updates.
Keep in mind that XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and they stopped releasing security fixes for XP and IE9, more than 1 year ago. So they're both full of security holes and put your personal data at risk.

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This is Proview74. I recently bought a new computer and used a "secure delete" program to clean all files off the old Dell computer (4700). I still have the Operating System (XP Media Center Edition 2005) reinstallation DVD for the Dell 4700, which I tried to reinstall by inserting it into the cd drive and rebooting the unit. However, the screen asked me for a password which I cannot remember (from 2005) when I first bought the computer. In fact, I don't even remember using a password at the time.

Is there anyway to over-ride the password, or use a substitute password, to get the computer to accept the reinstallation disc? I tried pressing f12, got into the BIOS section, but I have to enter a password to change the password to a new one. I am at a loss, and if I can't get it reinstalled, a perfectly good computer will have to be scrapped. Would love to get it going so my grand kids could use it.

Appreciate any help to get this going. Thanks for your help.

A:Re-installing XP on Dell computer

We don't generally offer help with password issues here for obvious reasons but F2 should get you into BIOS where you'll be asked for a password. F12 simply shows you the boot menu so you can boot from the CD and I'm surprised if the password is necessary at that stage.

You could enter the Service Tag, which is printed somewhere on the case, into the Dell website and enquire whether they set a password and on satisfying them you were the purchaser, they should tell you but if you set it yourself and forgot it, you're lost. I have to say it would have been an unusual thing to do - do you have a recollection of doing it?


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I am waiting for a new machine to be delivered - Christmas has come early. My old machine has been hit by some sort of virus which has wiped various settings and I decided enough was enough - hence new machine.
Question - when I receive my new machine, together with discs etc. will I be able to reformat my old machine and install XP home on it to enable us to use it as a backup/second machine (five in household - long queues for computer). We would then just be able to transfer files etc. between the two machines - my husband uses the computer for work and can work off line if need be. I only have copies of windows 98se disc, and key.

A:Installing XP Home on 2nd Computer

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Unable to log on. Firefox proxy server refusing connections. Problems with firewall. pLEASE HELP?

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My son just purchased a Dell 4700 computer and tried to install his 200 GB harddrive as a slave. There is no capability for connecting it to the computer. What does he need to do to get it installed to the computer (Maxtor). He has a lot of video saved on the harddrive and wants to transfer it to his new computer and increase the harddrive capacity. Also, when he took the 200 GB out of our current computer (which I had partitioned) it left my computer unable to find the programs in the program drive. Can you tell me how to get the start menu to locate the program files or create new start menu items. Right now the start menu items show that they are empty.

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For the benefit of those following my route of installing an OEM Vista home Premium onto a PC already running Vista RC1, here is a blow by blow account.

Note my comments ONLY apply to this particular setup. An upgrade from XP or a fresh install on a virgin disk may differ in some details.

I purchased OEM Vista Home Premium from Overclockers for £69.99+VAT This version does not upgrade RC1. The only option offered is a clean install. However, at no point did it ask or try to format the partition.

Before starting, in my Vista RC1 I ran the Windows Easy Transfer utility (the old Files and Settings Transfer utility as on XP basically). This allows you to backup important Windows stuff such as all user accounts, complete with user account folder contents (ie documents and its sub folders). It will also copy third party program application settings but not the programs themselves, all your email and bookmarks whether MS or firefox and so on. This is hugely helpful.

Despite the impression the wizard gives, you can copy the resulting file it creates to a) a CD or DVD or span multiple ones, b) a network drive c) direct to another PC connected by USB. I chose DVD. Remove the DVD and replace with the Vista DVD and reboot. Installation can now begin.

Almost immediately upon booting the Vista DVD, you will be asked to select language and keyboard settings.

Next you enter the Product Key. In the case of my OEM, this was printed in minute characters on a label on the DVD case. And ... Read more

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I built a new machine.

Asus P6T deluxe
Intel I7 2.66 cpu
dual Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 1 GB video cards
500 GB Seagate SATA 7200 HDD

The only thing that is not brand new is a IDE DVD that I had just recently installed in my old machine that I decided to just reuse.

The build went fine. On initial startup I didn't have any problems at all. The computer posted correctly and I got to the ASUS control panel. I checked the bios to make sure that it had properly detected all of my components and that seems fine. I reset the boot order to boot up from my DVD drive. Installed the Windows Vista Home Premium OEM disk (again brand new) and rebooted the machine. Every thing seems to go fine. I get to the Install Windows page and get up to the point of entering the product key. I enter the key, click next and wait while it is "collecting information". This runs for several minutes before I get the following error message:

Windows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\Install.wim. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x8007045D

I have googled the error code and have read dozens of forum posts but have still found nothing that fixes my issue.

Things I have already tried:

made a copy of the install disk and attempted to install from the copy. Same problem.

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A:Installing Vista home premium 64 on a new computer

If the hdd had a previous install of a operating system you need to wipe
the drive with killdisk, free download do a google. Then format and install
the new os. Xp, and vista do a poor job of formatting.

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Hi, I am having a problem booting to Window XP Home Edition sp1. I have a Dell 4600 Computer. It scenario went like this. My husband would sometimes get on the puter and it would hang after he logged on. The only way I could get out of it was to reset my APC UPS. Then it would reboot and I would get a blue screen. I would reboot again and It would be fine. Now this never happened when I logged on so I don't know what was up with that. I never upgraded to sp2 or 3. Maybe dumb but I make stationery for Outlook and Outlook express and build a few little web pages with applets and vbs scripts, so did not want the settings to mess with my applets on the upgrades. Now last night I stupidly decided to download a program called Driver Max. I figured maybe I should update any drivers that may be causing the freeze and blue screen. I ran it and it said there were about 8 drivers that it had new versions of so I started downloading. First was a hard disk controller driver. I made a system restore checkpoint. Then installed the driver and rebooted...or tried too. Of course, and went to hades in a handbasket real quick. It boots up to the black screen that gives me options how to start mode, last know good config. etc. so I tried all to no avail. When I tried the safe mode it did the multi (0) disk (0) rdisk (0) partition (0) and the different boot ini files all the way down the page. So can anyone help? Also when I choose normal boot it gives me a blue... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Computer won't boot xp sp1 home...Dell

and welcome to the Forum

Sounds like you have multiple issues . . the hanging when first starting may be a weak power supply . .

Look at the diagnostic diagram here to see if anything jumps out . . particularly the diagnostic lights

Knowing the exact error message will help a lot.

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Is there a difference between buying Windows Xp Home from a store and using the reinstall cd that Dell provides with thier computers?

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We recently installed HTC Sync on a Dell Inspiron computer. It seemed to work fine for a few days then started getting BSOD listing Driver_IRQL_Not_Less_or Equal error in the ndis.sys module. I can only log into safe mode. Attached is output file collection app. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Computer is Dell Inspiron 535s
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit service pack 1 OEM

A:BSOD after installing HTC Sync on Dell Inspiron computer

Update your Atheros network adapter driver.
ATHEROS drivers for Microsoft Windows (Atheros?????)

Finish and post back.

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Ok, my computer crashed recently. Since then i have had it almost fixed. My friend installed the wrong version of windows xp on my computer. I'm supposed to have Windows Xp home edition, instead i have an invalidated copy of Windows xp Professional. I have the Operating system reinstallation cd for windows xp home edition and i have the drivers and utilities cd for my dell dimension which includes the device drivers and diagnostics and utilities. Both of these Cd's were sent to me by Dell recently. I am now ready to reinstall the proper version of windows Xp on my computer, which is the Home Edition and not the professional edition. First I need to save my files, all of my files. My problem is so complicated because when my friend installed Windows Xp professional edition on my computer, he installed it on the D drive. The C drive is reading everything though i believe. So what i need to do or want to do is move everything that is needed to either the C drive or the D drive so that i can delete windows xp professional and then install windows xp home edition on my computer. I want to save all of my files and please make a note that i do not have a backup drive or disk or software. I have heard that i can perform this function without backing up all of my files. """Can someone please help me."""
I believe i have everything needed to reinstall windows xp home edition and to save my files so i can go on about my day.

A:installing the original version of xp home edition that came with 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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I use a Dell 2010 laptop. I have consistently been able to use wifi. On 1 Jan I moved into a new apartment shared with a friend. My friend allows me to use the wifi by sharing the password. My friend's computer is a MacBook. But I cannot access wifi! Why is that? I am able to see the available connections and to see the one that my friend is using. But I am unable to access it. I tried manually adding the new wifi network. It shows up with "limited access" -- it does not enable use of internet.

A:Unable to connect to wifi on a macbook from a dell computer at home

What exactly happens when you detect the network and try to connect?

Please attach a screen shot of the Networks page (don't collapse the Radar, Connection or Signal History) of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector. If you need help with that see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows 7 or Vista I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.

Identify the network if it is not obvious.

Also show ...

Open a (black) Command Prompt window:
Hold the Windows logo key and press r; in the Run box type cmd and click on OK.

Type the following command:


[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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I want to purchase Windows 7 and upgrade my PC from Windows XP. In the past, I tried using freshly installing Windows XP with a retail Windows XP disc and it couldn't find my HD to partition during the beginning installation. I'm nervous that will happen again.

I don't suppose anyone has installed Windows 7 on a Dell XPS Gen 5? I have no problem doing a fresh install but, before I buy it, I'd like to know that it'll work.

Also, which retail version of Windows 7 should I get? The upgrade?

A:Installing Windows 7 on Dell XPS Gen 5

Hello, Welcome!

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

As for the version, if you have a Windows OS now, like XP or Vista, you qualify for the Upgrade version. There is a way to do a clean install with that copy, don't be fooled.

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Hello I want to reformat an e-machines computer but the only windows installation cd I have says only to use it on Dell computers (it came with a Dell computer). My question is what will happen if I use the Dell CD anyway because I don't want to spend the hundred(s) dollars to buy another one?

Also the reason I'm reformatting it is because of virus damage including an inaccessible cd drive. Would re-formatting it fix the inaccessible cd drive problem? I'm still able to access cds by booting from them so I assume that will work. The problem is the drive doesn't show up in My Computer anymore and nothing happens when I insert a CD.

Than you for any help.

A:installing windows xp from a dell cd but...

Welcome to TSG....

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

Please do not ask me the price I do not work for any of them....

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I have Windows XP Home and received the SP1 CD from Microsoft. The CD is titled Windows XP Professional SP1. When I try to install it, IE 6 opens and I click on the hyperlink to install SP-1.

A dialog window opens titled Extracting Files and has the instruction within it, Verifying File XPS1. There is a progress bar and when it gets about half way, it stops the verification and another dialog box appears titled, Extraction Failed" with an instruction within the box "Incorrect Function".

A:WIndows XP Home Installing SP1

Here is the link to the Microsoft site for the service pack install

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When I install windows xp home I get an error message saying:


The signature for Windos XP Home Edition Setup is invalid. The error code is fffffc0d.

The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc0d in the message file for syssetup.dll.

Fatal Error:

Setup failed to install the produt catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information

xxxClick to expand...

And then that all repeats itself exactly 5 times.

My Guess:
Is it possible since I am using a Dell Dimension 8400 the first hard drive I had was already ghosted with Windows XP Home, and the disc I received was JUST a repair disc and you cannot actually install from it? Because I just bouoght a new WD 160GB drive and replaced the old drive and changed the bis so it would oot from the new one.

My Guess at a Solution:
Buy a new OS disc and do a complete reinstall.

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Hello Folks,

I have an older Dell Dimension 8100 with Windows XP Pro. I have installed and removed a bunch of programs over time which are clogging up the registry and causing very long boot-ups. I would try and run registry cleaners but I think it would make more sense to re-install an OS. I have not reinstalled an OS in a few years so I am overdue. My other thought was I do not see the reason to have Windows XP Pro as it is a resource hog so I am planning to install Windows XP home which gives me all the functionality I need. I am a typical home user as I browse the Internet, use MS Apps and play games.

The specs on my machine are:

P4 1.3Mhz
Hard Disk C (Master): has the Windows XP Pro installed
Hard Disk D (Slave): has my apps and data (NTFS)
Two compact disk players. One is read/write

Since most of my apps/data is on hard disk D, I am pretty safe wiping hard disk c and installing XP Home. The only things I will check for are:

Explorer Favorites
Data that I misakenly placed on hard disk C

I am thinking the easiest way to install XP Home is to create a bootable CD so I can boot the PC from the compact disk. I just need to go into BIOS and make sure the PC checks the CD at boot up. I should get a DOS prompt and then I can place Windows XP home in the CD and proceed.

Now for the questions:

Does anyone have a program that will create CD that will recognize any CD?
Is there any incompatibility between NTFS and Windows XP home?
What is the best way ... Read more

A:Re-Installing Windows Home over XP Pro

You will probably do best by using a windows 98 floppy to boot to and then format or fdisk the c:\ drive. reboot while putting in your xp home cd. This will competely wipe your c drive.
No difference between home and pro on the NTFS file system.
I've never actually moved from xp pro to xp home (not sure why on would want to). But, formating the C: drive will do it. You want to move anything on the c: first before you do.

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I purchased a used computer with Windows XP Pro installed. I would like to format the drive and install my new version of Windows XP Home upgrade. How do I carry out the process? I can't seem to install Windows XP Home because this is not considered an upgrade.

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I got a computer of my friend a few hours ago, i reformated it in dos and now when i try to install windows xp it loads up and then tells me that fastfat.sys is corrupt and it cant continue and to press any key to restart.
I also have a copy of windows me and tried to install that but after it got to 11% installed it said there was an error and exited also.
I dont know what to do?! any help???

A:Installing Windows XP home

I just tried it again with the XP disc and this time it said that flpydisc.sys was corrupted.

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i just bought a 120 GB hard drive today and windows xp home with SP2. i installed the hard drive and it worked perfectly. then i went to install windows and now it wont install correctly. the setup starts and i choose the partition and then it starts to copy the files, and then reboots and it just keeps doing that. i dont know what to do! PLEASE HELP!!!

A:Installing Windows Xp Home W/ Sp2

Are absolutely sure that the copy of Windows you bought is legitamate? Sometimes bad copies will cause such failures during installation.

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Ok. I'm New here so bear with me.

I've attempted to do a fresh install of windows XP Home three times and am having the same problem all three times.

The install goes ok and everything runs fine. However, My Hard drive, (which is a 200gb hard drive), is only showing 126gb of free space.

And yes, before anyone says anything, I deleted the partition and formated. But still the same thing.

Does anyone have any idea how I can get back the 63gb of free space? The drive should show 189gb of free space.

And just so everyone knows, the disc I'm using to reinstall Windows XP is the disc that came with the PC when I bought it.

Thanks in advance


PS: Seem to be having more trouble now as well. I cannot access my External Hard Drive either. It does not even show up in My Computer. Was going to install mIRC to chat online, but that program is on mu External Drive......LOL

PSS: I keep finding more problems instead of soulutions. Now I can't even get any updates from windows. Darn thing won't validate. Starting to think there might be something seriously wrong here. Could really use some help.

A:Installing Windows Xp Home

Please give the make and model of your computer. Also which version of WinXP Home -- original, Service Pack 1 or 2? Is this the original hard drive or a replacement? What kind of external drive is it -- hard drive or optical, and what interface? And finally, it might help to know why you reinstalled Windows.

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Hello Folks,

First of all let me apologize for asking as I know this is a pretty basic question but it has been a while since I re-installed an OS. I did some searhes on the Internet but I would also like to hear from the folks on the forum.

Here is what I would like to do. I am planning on wiping my hard disk and installing a fresh copy of Windows XP home on my Dell notebook. I have already backed up what I want to keep. Everything else is expendable.


1. What is the best/safest way to wipe the hard drive?
2. How do I create a CD to boot the PC and install the OS
3. Any other suggestions

Thanks, Bill

A:Re-installing Windows XP Home

Hmmmmm. I just found:


Turn off your computer, then restart it with either your Windows CD or the setup disks. During the setup process, you will have the option of formatting your hard drive; choose that option to erase your damaged/hacked Windows installation, and proceed with the reinstall.

Is it really that easy and clean? I want a completly new install. Will I have the option of formatting the hard disk? If so, looks like I answered my own question.

Thanks, Bill

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I have a dell Inspiron N5110. I purchased it with windows Home Premium but I had to reinstall windows, but I couldn't back up windows and  by the time of purchase I didn't get a windows 7 OS cd as well. Therefore I am unable to re-install windows although I have a product key for windows 7. 
How can I obtain Windows 7 home premuim. I would be really grateful if you can help with this.

A:Re Installing Windows 7 to dell inspiron

If you are within your warranty you can click the link below to request backup media. If you are not within your warranty you will need to purchase the disk. The second link provides information on purchasing the disk.
Request Backup & Recovery Discs for your system (US, Canada and UK only)
Windows Restore Disk
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-Jesse L and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your Dell Order number. Click my name in blue then on the next page click where it says send private message

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Been scouring the net but haven't been able to find anything so I thought I'd post. Sorry if there's been a lot of these types of threads but here's my issue.

Installation of the operating system for Windows 7 actually goes without much difficulty but when I go into the post install setup the monitor goes blank. I've been poking around and what I've managed to conclude is that Dell likes to use it's own generic driver for video display rather than use the Windows Standard VGA Compatible Driver that should start up by default.

The reason why I've come to this conclusion is because I tried booting the new install in safe mode and I could actually see the initial setup page. Of course you can't do the post install settings in safe mode so I couldn't go any further.

My question for you guys, is there any way for me to disable the Dell OEM drivers that like to start overriding the generic drivers that come with windows? And if so how?

A:Difficulty Installing Windows 7 on a Dell XPS 720

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

Why do you say: "Of course you can't do the post install settings in safe mode so I couldn't go any further."? Have you tried that? That is what safe mode is supposed to be for

Let us know

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I currently have a Dell XPS M1730 laptop that has been rendered useless with viruses. I wish to reformat/reinstall Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on it. My problem is that the original factory disc has been lost by the original owner. The original operating system on it was Windows XP and was upgraded to Win 7 Ultimate.

I want to download the drivers for the laptop from Dell's website but I am unsure if I should download the drivers for the XP version or the Vista version. There are no other driver versions available.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

A:Help With Installing Windows 7 on Dell Laptop

If win7 was an upgrade version, then you must have a justifying genuine operating system installed and activated which in your case was xp.

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Dell is not checking the Inspiron 620 for Windows 10 compatability and has no plans to update drivers. Has anybody successfully installed Windows 10 on a Dell Inspiron 620?

A:Installing windows 10 on a Dell Inspiron 620

There are millions of hardware combinations on the market, which people use. So I don't know if you'll get many answers if you ask that way.

However, there are quite a number of Google hits on that question:
"windows 10" "Dell Inspiron 620" - Google Search

I found one user for whom the upgrade itself worked nicely, but he wrote that afterwards he had issues with the Intel HD 2000 card: Video playback was somehow problematic and also the sound did only work, if he connected and disconnected his headphones.
The sound problem sounds like a setting problem to me; I think that should be solvable. For the HD 2000 graphics card, you should really use the newest drivers. For an Intel HD 3000 card I am using drivers from May 2015 and they work nicely. Older drivers may have problems under WIndows 10. So check, if there are new drivers for the HD 2000 and if so, install them.
The user with the graphics/problems found these issues to be too bad for him.

Whatever you do: Before you start the upgade, make sure that you have a system image of your Windows 7 installation. From the user with the graphics/sound problems:

After a couple of unproductive hours I restored the machine back to windows seven. This did not come without problems though, the factory installed OS image has been removed and all system scheduled tasks have been corrupted. It has taken a few days to get the machine running ok but restoring the system tasks is complex and ... Read more

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My problem is when I run install from CD the installer says it cannot find a hard drive installed. I ran the Dell hard drive test utility and it passed. I also looked at it in settings, it see;s it in there too.
Any advice out there please?

A:Looking for help installing Windows XP on a Dell XPS/Dimension XPS Gen 5

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Hi all;

I know this question gets asked a lot (yes I have searched the forums), however none of the previous posts have been particularly relevant to me. This is my first post, so here we go:

I recently won a competition where the prize was Windows 7 Ultimate (full, not upgrade, version). I also just bought a new Dell Studio XPS desktop (please see the specs. in my profile... if you can) which came pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) (OEM version with no disc, of course). My question is this:

I want to (clean) install Windows Ultimate onto the new Dell PC. Will I run into any problems in doing this? I basically also want to get rid of all the Dell crap and 3rd party software that came with the computer, and set it up the way I want it. I have heard that Win 7 will install all my drivers automatically, so would I be right in saying that I do not need the Dell "drivers and utilities" disc that came with the system?

The internet is littered with people bitching about how their Dell keeps screwing up or how Windows isn't compatible with this or that, and I'd like to try and avoid becoming one of those people. Basically, I'm just wanting to know if there are any issues in straying from the Dell OEM operating system, and installing my own full retail version of Win 7.

Any and all help will be appreciated.
Also, I am not really a "tech savvy" guy, so simple terms would be great.


A:Installing Windows 7 on a Dell system

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

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

3) you need your drivers disk to install all miss drivers.

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Recently I have been trying to upgrade one of our computers (Dell Dimension 9150/XPS 400) to Windows 7. While this Dell model is old, a brief search on the internet shows that several people have gotten Windows 7 to work on this model just fine, so I'm inclined to believe this should be doable.

I have performed multiple clean installs of Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) on this desktop, but inevitably I will eventually start getting a BSOD. When the computer restarts, I get the notification "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" with the following details:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 24
BCP1: 00000000001904FB
BCP2: FFFFF88002AFF318
BCP4: FFFFF800028EC185
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1
Files that help describe the problem:
Read our privacy statement online:
Windows 7 Privacy Statement - Microsoft Windows
If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline:

Here are download links to the files that "help describe the problem":
Minidump file & Sysdata file

The BSOD is kind of a crap shoot; on some installs of Windows 7 it happens occasionally while on others it happens as soon as the desktop ... Read more

A:BSOD soon after installing Windows 7 (64-bit) on Dell XPS 400

I was able to "properly attach" the files relevant to the BSOD.

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Been scouring the net but haven't been able to find anything so I thought I'd post. Sorry if there's been a lot of these types of threads but here's my issue.

Installation of the operating system for Windows 7 actually goes without much difficulty but when I go into the post install setup the monitor goes blank. I've been poking around and what I've managed to conclude is that Dell likes to use it's own generic driver for video display rather than use the Windows Standard VGA Compatible Driver that should start up by default.

The reason why I've come to this conclusion is because I tried booting the new install in safe mode and I could actually see the initial setup page. However I get a dialog box at that point telling me that initial setup and configuration cannot be done in safe mode.

My question for you guys, is there any way for me to disable the Dell OEM drivers that like to start overriding the generic drivers that come with windows? And if so how?

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i had a dell. with it came a windows 2000 pro cd. now i have a computer thats not dell, and it has windows xp home on it. i want my win 2000 pro instead but it wont install, saying its not a dell computer. is there any way around it? needless to say the people at dell are not a help, they say i should have bought another dell instead.

A:Installing windows 2000 pro from a dell cd

Don't know if it helps, but on the CD, in the I386 dir. check the contents of:



[SMS Inventory Identification]

[Product Specification]
Product=Windows 2000 Professional





; Microsoft Windows NT Workstation Version 4.0 and
; Windows NT Server Version 4.0
; (c) 1994 - 1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
; Accessible Setup Answer File
; This file contains information about how to automate the installation
; or upgrade of Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server so the
; Setup program runs without requiring user input during the text-mode
; phase.

OemPreinstall = no
TargetPath = *
UnattendMode = GuiAttended

The above 4 are from the regular W2K Pro CD.

SETUP.EXE in the root has 196,880 bytes, dates from (06 December) 06/12/1999 21:00 and has version 5.0.2195.1

The legality of what you want is dubious.

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Hey all,

After completely accidentally doing something called "RAID" to my hard drives, i am in the position of having to re-install Windows. Unfortunately the Windows disk keeps telling me that i have no hard drive.

I have found this tutorial: ...which seems to be based on the assumption that the problem is that Windows XP does not have SATA drivers.

I don't know if that is the problem, but i am going to try it anyway. Unofrtunately, you need a SATA driver to try it. I have been to the manufacturers website:

...and found a list of drivers for my machine. One of them says "SATA RAID". I don't think i want RAID, and, looking at the manual that comes with that driver, it doesn't look like it is a SATA driver, it looks like it is for something else involving RAID that i don't understand.

Does anyone know how to get a SATA driver?

A:Solved: Installing Windows XP Home; Windows refuses to recognise hard drives

I believe the SATA drivers you need are these ones:

"Intel ICH5R /ICH6R /ICH7R (Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows* setup to read from floppy)"

Download them and extract them onto a floppy or CD, then during the intial windows setup (when it is loading device drivers) it will come up with an option to install 3rd party SATA / RAID drivers, you press F6 at this point and then browse to the drivers to install them. This should allow the system to utilise the SATA drives to install windows.

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My laptop's hdd overheated and fried so I purchased a new one (120gb toshiba IDE). After inserting my OEM Windows XP Home CD (Inspiron 8600), I get halfway through the installation when I get a message saying it can't find a couple of files from SP2. My OEM version doesn't have SP2 since it wasn't released yet when I bought the computer, and my hdd was manufactured last year, after SP2 was released. What should i do?

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hello !!
i'm having a dell inspiron .it was repaired a 2 month ago from where it was buyed.The support people there installed windows 7 proffessional version of o.s
& now i m getting frequent messages of activating windows.its not geniune one i came to after online help from microsoft site.

so i wan install the win 7 homebasis .

plz help me!!! soon

A:installing windows 7 home basis

Did the machine come shipped with Win7 Home basic? What is the model number of your machine? The repair must have installed a copy without entering a legit Product key.

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Is it possible? I tried and it won't install.

A:Installing SAS in Windows 7 Home Basic

Welcome to Seven Forums ann16. It should install. Try downloading the installer again. Download to your desktop, and right click the installer and choose Run as administrator. If you are trying to install from a non administrator account, that would also be an issue. A Guy

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I'm getting everything ready to install Windows 7 on my step-daughters Dell e521 desktop. I've ordered the RAM upgrade(Crucial 2GB kit) but I have one question. How do I do a clean install using the upgrade version of Win 7 Home Premium? The reason for the clean install is because Vista is completely hosed. I'm able to boot into Vista, but with errors. (system registry file missing or corrupt) and because it's a Dell with the recovery partition there were no system disks supplied with this computer. It's also out of warranty, so no help from Dell. Thanks.

A:Installing Windows 7 Home premium

If you have the upgrade version of the software here is what I did to get it installed. There might be another way that is better but this is the only way that I was able to install doing a fresh install and still have it activated.Boot to DVD and install from a custom installation. At some point during the setup it asks for the product key just click next (it will warn you about it but just click next).Next you want to format the disk that you have the vista on currently (I am assuming that you already backed up).Once in windows 7 you are going to want to run the setup again from within your fresh installation of win7. (You have to upgrade from something in order for it to activate)You will now go through the whole setup again and when they ask for your product key enter it this time.Good Luck,uByte

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I am trying to install home and garden for windows 95. Im am having trouble. I think that my computer may have the requirments but the disk doesnt have the capability of running on the newer software. I realy need some help. Please give me sugestions.

A:installing home and garden for windows 95

try running it in compatability mode for Win 95

right click on file, select properties, click on compatabilty tab, and tell it to run in compatability mode for win 95

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I am trying to install windows XP home on a newly formatted hard drive (s) and I keep receiving error message eg " the file was not copied correctly" "the file setup placed on your HD is not a valid windows xp image" the options given are retry or esc to skip; retry doesn't work and the numerous times I have tried skip has resulted in the system going to a system close down error screen. The HD's I have used have both been virus checked.

At first I thought it may be my XP CD which is a couple of years old, I've purchased a new XP CD with SP2 but still have the same problem. I have tried a different HD but still have the same problem, I have un-enabled caching n BIOS!

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


A:problems installing windows xp home

are you repartioning and reformatting the hard drives

maybe that will help
if it doesnt then pull all of the addon cards except the video and try again

good luck

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I had a new computer and new Hard drive, I installed Windows XP(orig) and before I could get sp2 installed auto updates came pouring in. I had about 20-30 fail, and I tried to get sp2 installed so I could go to microsoft to install sp3, then let the auto updates come in. But I can't get the sp2 to load, I have the microsoft disc. I goes to the end, but says couldn't be installed.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. (I'm a novice)

A:Installing SP2/Sp3 after re-install Windows XP Home

Hi .First thing I suggest: Click Start/right-click on My Computer and select Properties. What does it read for your Windows version?Have you prepared your system for installing SP2?Worth reading:

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I can no longer download from the internet and I am thinking of reinstalling Windows XP to see if this will correct my problem. I don't know if maybe something associated with downloading has been deleted or what ever. I understand if I reinstall Windows XP then I have to gor thru re-installing all the updates. I was wondering if I copied the windows XP program to a disk prior to removing what is now installed will it save everything associated with that program and I can then reinstall updates thru the disk I copies from. Or if I do that, if possible, will I then just put the problem back into the program. Also if I uninstall the program now on the computer and reinstall from the disk and then use the system restore will all the updates be automatically be reinstalled from memory. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say. Or is there a way to run a repair on Windows XP where a search is made and then any missing files are reinstalled. As stated, I can not download from the internet so I can not download any repair programs from the internet. I can run scans from the internet and copy the results if the program allows that. I really have no idea what to do next. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:Re-Installing Windows XP Home Edition

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TI was advised to purchase the Developer disk for my install so i could install on all 3 of my home pc's.
However, the Disk only has one product key. The 2 others Pc's will not activate saying the product key is in use by another PC??/

Please advise?

A:Installing Windows 8 developer 64 bit on 3 home PC's

There is NO Windows 8 Developer x64 DVD.

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PC operates erratically. Cannot uninstall a malware/spyware download (screensavers). Need to free wasted memory by eliminating 2 separate PC operating systems, which I created, inadvertently. Would also like help burning data and Favorites to blanks CD's, then re-installing Windows XP in order to return my computer back to its operational mode at time of purchase.

A:Re-installing Windows XP Home Edition

Well if your burning program is working the process is pretty straightforward. Just select the option to create a "data" CD

In XP, even if you don't have a burning program, you can copy/paste or drag and drop files directly on a writable CD and Windows will do it -- although the process is slower.

Favorites can be a bit of a problem only because of their file names sometimes being too long. But I think the standard burning programs can overcome this, if not XP itself.

To do a really clean install you will probably need to delete the existing partitions and create a new one (or more).

All this can be done within the XP setup CD itself.

If you bought a major vendor system you should follow their recovery procedures using their media -- or you will likely not install all the necessary drivers and software that came with the original system.

If this is a Dell -- they can go either way, depending on when and how you purchased it. They may have given you an XP CD -- or have included other recovery procedures.

If you have the XP CD -- they also have a drivers and applications CD for the rest of the software and drivers. Follow your manual or Dell website instructions for your service tag.

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Hey guys,
Can someone help me? Do I need to backup my files before installing Windows 7 Home Premium when I'm already using Windows 7 Home Basic?

A:Installing Windows 7 Home Premium

Backup files is always a good thing to do. But not really needed in this case.
You can do Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to

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I went out an got xp home edition but it will not install.
windows 2000 Porfessional is on the computer now.
How can I unstall 2000, so I can install xp home

A:Installing windows xp home edition


There are a few things you can do. The simplest is to install XP as an upgrade. All you do is start up windows 2000 and insert the XP CD. A wizard will start automatically suggesting that you install XP as an upgrade. Simply follow the prompts. the good thing about doing it this way is that all your programs and documents will be saved in the new system.

If you have any problems post back.


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recently i had to wipe my pc because of some virus my problem is i have no disc for windows xp home oem but i have my product key.
will any xp home oem cd work with my key or do i need a new key and cd.

many thanks

A:re-installing windows xp home edition oem

Any oem cd should work as long as it is XP Home Edition like your original. If you friend has one it would probably be ok to use it since you already have your own license.

Probably you will have to re-activate your serial when you install windows again in which case you simply call microsoft (it will tell you which # to call) and just tell them when they ask that you re-installed xp due to a virus or something and they will allow you to re-activate it.

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I'm planning to re-install Windows XP Home Edition tommorrow and I have a few questions. I placed the WinXP CD into my computer just to have a poke around.
It seems I have two options with the re-install. I can upgrade, or I can completely re-install. I'm planning to go with the second option (all files I need are backed up on CD).
However, is there any trick to re-installing. Will there be any conflict having Windows XP already installed as I try to re-install over the top? Or do I have to delete everything first? I seems as if I can just go straight ahead and install it over the top. is this going to work? Or do I have to delete it first? Please help. Microsoft don't give you much documentation on this stuff! I think they'd rather have us believe there is never a need to re-install. Thanks

ADDED: I just had a look at the Knowledge base over at, oops I mean Anyway, I couldn't find any helpful information. Just stuff on the re-install upgrade option. The main reason I want to reinstall is to fix a program that refuses to run due to a conflict. It used to run fine, then one day it stopped working. Anyway, do you think the first option would cure this? Or is the full-blown reinstall the best bet? Any ideas and commments would be lovely. Thanks.

A:Re-installing Windows XP Home Edition

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Hi. I want to install Windows 7, but Windows 10 wont let me go back. I cant find the ISO anywhere. On Microsoft's website, when I enter the product key that I have to download the ISO, it says that I have an OEM and I need to contact my device manufacturer. Where can I find an ISO?

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A:Installing Windows 7 Home Premium

N-S Understand you upgraded to Win10 and now, want to go back to Win7. While Microsoft tells you that there is no risk in the Win10 Upgrade, because they let you believe that you can always revert back to your original OS and setup within 30 days, the ugly faction of the matter is that the Win10 GoBack function has proven to be unreliable -- and when it fails, it can leave machines in a corrupted state -- which doesn't always happen, but it does happen often enough to be a problem and you won't get any warning in advance that it is going to trash your PC!The Win10 Upgrade is know, in some cases, to corrupt the Recovery partition stored there by the OEM that built the original machine.  This pretty much guarantees that no HP Recovery is going to work.What will work is restoring your machine to its original factory condition using HP Recovery Media. This is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utilities. In some cases, you may be able to order a USB stick instead of disks.  You have to order these from HP; they can not be downloaded.You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update".  If HP Recovery Media is available for yo... Read more

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hi folks,

I am planning a new build and want to install Windows using a USB from Amazon. My question is will it already be uefi formatted? I've searched but have come up blank. If it isn't, should I purchase the product key instead, download the ISO file from Windows and the copy to my own usb stick which I can format to uefi?

My planned build is:
i7 6770K
Gigabyte Z170x Gaming 5
GTX 1080
HyperX Fury 2133mhz 16gb
Samsung 950 Pro m.2 SSD nvme 256 gb (boot drive)
SanDisk SSD 960gb (storage)

Thanks for any help.

the Amazon link - Windows 10 Home 32-bit/64-bit English International: Software

A:installing Windows 10 Home using usb from Amazon

Yes, it should work with UEFI. It will come with a product key anyway which you can use with your own USB installation drives, for example if you make a new one when the next major build upgrade comes out (in July).

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I'm having trouble installing Windows XP home on my newly installed computer. When I put in the CD and start up the computer, I am able to format my drive, then after a restart, I am supposed to 'continue the setup' (with a GUI instead of plain bios-style type), but instead my computer goes back to the beginning of the Windows XP setup each time I format and restart. It does detect that there is a OS already on the hard drive but does not recognize that it needs to continue the setup I guess.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do?

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI
hard drive: Western Digital SATA 250GB

Thanks in advance!

A:Trouble installing Windows XP home

In the manual for the motherboard there should be instruction on how to make a raid driver disk. When you are installing windows will ask you to press F6 to install raid drivers and it will look for these on the floppy. have it load the drivers for you SATA controler.
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A:installing windows xp or home edition

The XP CD is bootable.

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My question is at this time is it possible to upgrade to windows 7?  I have run the check and the Dell xps 435 does have the capability to run Windows 7.  
*  Also, is there anywhere at this point in time I can get an upgrade as opposed to a clean install, so as to not lose my programs, files and settings?   
*  There are retail/upgrade versions available on ebay.  Most are open packages.  If purchased and opened, would these work if they have been used prior on another person's computer?  

A:Windows 7 Home Premium x 64 on Dell XPS 435

Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or from a 64-bit version of Windows 7 to a 32-bit version of Windows?You can use the Upgrade option during Windows 7 installation, which preserves your files, settings, and programs, only if you're currently running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista and you want to upgrade to the 32-bit version of Windows 7. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only perform an upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7
Below are some links to help you upgrade your computer. When purchasing from Ebay you may want to read the information associated with the sale to make sure that the Windows disk has never been used.
Ebay Windows 7 Disk
Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (custom installation)
How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version
How to Do an In place Upgrade Installation from Vista to Windows 7
Upgrading to Windows 7: frequently asked questions
Dell Drivers and Downloads-Choose your computer and OS to download drivers for your system
Dell Drivers Install Order-Very Important
FAQs- Drivers and Downloads
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My Dell Inspiron 1100 is going extremely slow and even with adding RAM and deleting just about everything off of it, it still creeps along. I'm thinking of wiping the computer and re-installing windows XP. I have the Dell re-install disc but I'm wondering what I have to do once the reinstall is complete (drivers etc). Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank You.

A:Reinstall Windows XP Home on Dell

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i am currently running an acer laptop with windows 7 ultimate. I have ordered a new computer which should arrive in the next few days.

it is coming with windows 7 home premium but i'll install ultimate on it. can i then go and install the home premium version on my laptop.

A:Dell version of windows 7 home

Probably not, The new computer will most likely have an OEM edition. That means it cannot be moved from that one computer.

OEM only one computer
All others one computer at a time.

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I own a Dell XPS 8900 desktop computer purchased in late 2015. It came pre-installed with Windows 10 Home. Just this past week, using a legitimate  product key, I upgraded the OS to Windows 10 Pro.
However, I later realized (by way of some quick internet research) that whatever product key was used to activate the Windows 10 Home system that came with the host was actually injected into the motherboard. I did not obtain this information before upgrading to Windows 10 Pro.
My question is this...If for some reason I wanted to go back to Windows 10 Home (by re-installing it from scratch or using some kind of downgrading process), would I need to know what that original product key was or would my instance of Windows 10 be automatically activated due to the built in key in the motherboard?
Note: I tried to use a special utility to extract this key but I wasn't successful. 

A:Dell Desktops, Microsoft Windows OS product keys and Windows 10 Home

You would have no problem activating Windows 10 home if you decided to go back to that OS. The key code is still embedded in the motherboard. 

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Dell Inspiron N4010 Network and sound Driver Problem on windows 7 after installing windows 8 dual boot.
on Friday i install windows 8 on my laptop with wins 7 dual boot. everything was working fine but after yesterday night windows 7 not working good, here r some problem
1) At login Screen when i touch mouse screen light goes dim.
2) There is no Personalize option .
3) No Network icon is Showing and Showing that "No Hardware found"
4) Sound Icon is cross.
5) Windows Theme is in windows Classic mode and Personalize Missing.
Plz Help Sooon

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I recently came into possession of an old Dell Poweredge 800 and I would like to turn it into a desktop by installing windows 7. The computer has a 64GB SATA SSD which I would like to install the OS on, this is not setup in RAID, and a 500GB hard drive for storage. The computer also has a fairly old 64MB videocard and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. The screen will read that it is installing windows files then It will run the standard Windows 7 startup screen, but at the end of the startup screen the computer crashes and returns a fatal system error (c000021a) on the blue screen of death. I am fairly inexperienced with computers (especially servers), does anybody know how I can get windows to install? Here are the specs I got it with, minus all hard drives. The Ram was upgraded to 4GB and I added a 64MB videocard.

A:Installing Windows 7 on Dell Poweredge 800 (Server)

You can download the DOS Boot disk ISO image for [email protected] and burn the image with their Image burner or IMGBurn in my signature. Boot off of the Kill Disk CD and do a low level format. This will wipe the drive of all previous instlalls. This will take quite a while so please be patient. Once it is wiped, boot off of the Windows 7 DVD and install Windows.

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I'll try to be succinct as possible.

System Information:

I was having some issues with my Dell i5 580 tower:

& thanks to the advice I stuck my finger in the fan of the graphics card and lo and behold the noise ceased.

So I enquired:

& posted here and elsewhere, received advice and consequently I bought:

So having successfully fitted the PSU & GPU, I couldn't believe my luck things were going so well, what transpired is on powering up for the first time everything was big and bland as I guessed might be expected.

So I ran the installation disc. The install performs and completes with errors yet when I again rebooted I got what I had before, everything sized and adjusted correctly through a AV receiver in windows Nero on my 55 inch LED TV - correct desktop etc.

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A:Issues Installing AMD Radeon R7 200 in Dell 580 Windows 7 SP1

I forgot to link the AMD Driver/Software Suite online I installed:

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Tried dell system restore after getting blue screen message unmountable boot volume.but not successful.

A:cannot reboot dell laptop after installing Windows XP SP3

If no changes have been made to the hardware, try running a chkdsk from the Recovery Console. Do you have the OS Install CDs?

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Hi. A few days ago my hard drive crapped the bed so I bought a new one. I was wondering if I should do something different than what I was gonna do. I have the original Dell Windows XP SP1 cd that came with my Dell computer. I am going to install it on my new hard drive. After I do this should I go to and download the SP2 or should I do something different altogether? I just wanna make sure I have all the windows security updates on the new hard drive.

A:Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

That sounds fine to me, but do you have a broadband internet connection? SP2 is pretty large for dial-up. After you install windows, go to and make sure you download not only SP2 but all available updates and patches.

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Hey Everyone,

I've recently acquired a tablet to pilot with my company. It is a Dell Latitude 10 ST2, and my issue is I'm trying to install and upgrade to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, but having no luck so far.

I have the 32-bit version of Win 8 Enterprise on a USB, and when I get to the "Installing Windows 8.1 screen" it get to 35%, and then gives a popup that the "Windows 8.1 Installation Has Failed". I was trying to see if there was a real error message or log to tell me what the issue is, but I haven't been able to locate anything yet. Keep in mind, I don't even make it to the following screen:

Can anyone offer me any assistance please?

Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Tablet - Installing Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Try Cleaning the HD Drive first, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Anyone's help would be appreciated.

A few years back, I bought a Dell Latitude with Windows 7 Pro SP1 64bit preinstalled with no COA disk.

I recently picked up a few viruses that I've determined require me to completely reformat the disk and start anew. However, I don't have the original OS disk but do intend to purchase one.

My question is: Can I install a new Windows 7 pro OS COA on a Dell motherboard without violating any of Dell's rules and requirements, and will it install and work properly? I fear that Dell is too proprietary with its components that could bar me from installing the OS properly.

Any unsolicited suggestions and comments will be appreciated.


A:Installing Windows 7 pro 64bit OEM COA on Dell motherboard

An OEM copy is tied to the motherboard that it was installed on so unless you bought a special license for multiple computers it will not activate on the new motherboard even if it is also a dell. That is the downside to using an OEM license. You will need a retail copy to transfer it to a new motherboard.

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Hi People,

I am an IT Administrator.

We have a Dell Server Poweredge R310, of which the hard drive (wd5003abyx-18wera0) running on a custom OS from a product needs to be formatted to Windows 7. Now, When on the screen for the format, It says "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 3 (which is the Hard drive from the server).

I know for windows to be installed, the Hard Drive needs to formatted as NTFS.

What I cannot find out is the current format for this Hard Drive.

Can any experts help me on this ?\

Much Appreciated

A:Windows 7 not installing on Dell Hard drive

If the hard drive is installed on a computer.

Start Orb
Right click Computer
Select Manage
Select Disk Management
It should state there.

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Hi. A few days ago my hard drive crapped the bed so I bought a new one. I was wondering if I should do something different than what I was gonna do. I have the original Dell Windows XP SP1 cd that came with my Dell computer. I am going to install it on my new hard drive. After I do this should I go to and download the SP2 or should I do something different altogether? I just wanna make sure I have all the windows security updates on the new hard drive.

A:Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

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I'm trying to install the built in Windows XP Home Edition Fax component, but when it asks for the CD, I only have the Windows XP Professional Edition disk. It doesn't accept the professional version and only asks for the Home Edition version. Is there anyway I can somehow still install it from the Professional disk, or another way I can install it?


A:Solved: Installing Windows Home Edition FAX

You'll need the version that is installed on your machine. Where is your CD?

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Hi, I have a 2002 Dell desktop computer. Dont know if this will help or not, but I want to uninstall and reinstall XP in an effort to get it back to 'new' state & run smoother and faster; it drags half the time.
I understand this desktop is super ancient, & getting a new one is best. BUT, I cant buy a better one right now.

I have never done a reinstall. I bought this already installed from Dell. I need step by step instructions to do so. How long does this process take? I have an external Hardrive where I plan to copy all my pictures & personal things prior.

I have some knowledge on pc things, so following instructions should be sufficient if the terms are kept easy enough.
I am concerned, though, cause of sp3 being the current service pack.

Can you direct me to the right place or if you have insight on this, please let me know.
My SPecs: WIndows XP home edition sp2. I have all original OS discs.
THanks in advance...

A:➢ Re-installing of WIndows XP Home edition OS

Depending on the speed of your internet connection the full proccess after transfering your files off could be somewhere about 3-4 hours. That would reinstall the OS along with the doing all of the available updates and drivers. Then you would still need to install all of your programs and restore your backed up files. Usually when I am doing this for someone I block out an eight hour window to give me plenty of time to get done. I have another topic I posted that contains the steps to do this as well. I will post he link later when I get home.

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Hi all:

System in question:
Celeron 700, 256 MB of Ram, 40 GB hard drive.

I have a huge issue with one of our workstations. I have tried many times in installing Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Upgrade). When I attempt to install Windows XP Home Edition, every goes well to until phase two when the machine re-boots and tries to copy the installation files. The process just ‘stops’ and does not respond.

I have download and performed Microsoft’s hardware compatibility software check with no reported issues.
I have tried the following:

Reformatted the hard drive, re-installed Windows 98 (SE)

Removed one of the RAM memory (as suggested by Microsoft)

Removed any USB devices on the system

Removed the sound card

Removed the network LAN card

And still I have the same issue, during the second process after re-booting I just stops!

Thanks in advance for your help.


A:Installing Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Check to see if there's any BIOS updates for the motherboard - you may need them to run win2000 or XP

also try playing around with the ACPI and PNP O/S options in the BIOS - try them on or off.

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Hey everyone,

I am have a question and would appreciate your help.
I now have Windows Vista Home Premium and I want to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bits.
Now I know that I have to do a clean install and thus I would like to make a backup file.
My computer has 2 drives one called C and the other D. If I make a backup and store it on D and install Windows 7 on C, will drive D also be formatted during installation? Or is it possible to save the backup on D, install windows 7 on C and then later go to D and use the back up?

Thank you for your help.

A:Installing Windows 7 over Vista home Premium

During setup you will be allowed to choose which drive to install the O/S. As long as you don't change the partitioning you can keep drive D.


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So my computer was running on a broken version of windows, and I decided to buy a new disk and install. After installing quite smoothly, I found out that my laptop couldn't find any wireless network at all, even though my home is bathed in Wi-Fi networks. I tried to connect to the internet via wire, but it still couldn't connect. Help?

I'm using MSI GE60
Cpu: Intel core i74700mq
Gpu: NVIDIA geforce gt 750M

A:Problems after installing windows 7 Home basic 64x

Anytime you install or reinstall Windows you will also have to install drivers.
Go to the MSI website for most of your drivers here:

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I'm trying to upgrade my Satellite M40 (PSM40A-03K009) to Windows 7 Home Premium but towards the end of the installation, my notebook reboots and freezes up trying to start Windows 7.

I've rebooted in safe mode and it seems to be getting stuck loading \windows\system32\drivers\classpnp.sys.

I've tried everything I can think of: running start-up repair on installation disk, installing latest versions of drivers, updating BIOS, reformatting disk, etc but nothing seems to work.

Can anybody help?


A:Satellite M40: installing Windows 7 Home Premium

Hello Rob

Please don?t understand me wrong but this old notebook was designed for WXP. I can imagine you have problems with Win7 installation but I am afraid there is no much you can do about that.

This old notebook models are not supported for Win7 and Toshiba will not offer some updates like BIOS update. If you want to use newest OS probably you must also update your hardware. Maybe it is time for new notebook. ;)

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What happened?Windows 10 free upgrade lead to sleep, hibernation and overheating issues on the laptopInternal HDD was formatted including the recovery partitionUnable to get Recovery Media as HP support USA will not ship outside USA. Also, HP Support USA mentioned the Recovery Media is not available for Ordering.After providing the Activation Key on the Windows 7 Sticker within the laptop's battery compartment, Windows software download link - - asks to contact laptop manufacturer for software What I want to do?I want to restore the Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit that came pre-installed on the Notebook PC.I don't require the HP supporting softwares that came pre-installed on the Notebook PC. My laptop is already out of support warranty   

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I have a problem im using sp1 at the moment and for some reason when im using the internet viewing my documents when i scroll down on pages it goes in slow motion. When i try and move pages around with the mouse everything is slow and its incredibly irritating. Now is this to do with the fact that i havent got sp2 everything else seems to run smoothly playing games downloading things ect. I tryed downloading sp2 but my computer wouldnt start up properly i have had so many problems with this pc you wouldnt believe ps it has nothing to do with malware or spyware i have Adaware Norton ect. Im currently having to use a house fan to keep it from overheating

A:Issues When Re installing Windows XP Home Edition



Im currently having to use a house fan to keep it from overheating

we need your specs, take the side off, if it isnt already off for the fan.
what does the power supply say? is the case clean?

you might need a re-apply of artic five on your cpu.

post back

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Hey TSG community!

I have this HP dv5-1110ee laptop which has an OEM licensed vista homepre and I wanted to upgrade it to win7 ultimate. I know I'll need the drivers for the laptop, just checking if I missed something?

Thanks for the replies kind sirs!

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I'm trying to update my I-Tunes on my PC running Windows XP Home SP3. Installation cannot complete and I get the following message:

Could not open key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Media. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

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A:Trouble installing I-Tunes on Windows XP Home

did you go to the website? i would try doing it from Then click on download i tunes 8. let me know what happens

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i am currently having problems with WindowsME and i am ready to give up. i tried to format C:\ and i cant get it to work anymore. would it be safe and alright and will it work if i just get the Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade and install it on my computer?

A:installing Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade

First of all you should run a test on your system to see that it can handle xp efficiently

Then if so all you need to do is boot from the xp cdrom, select install, format the partition and clean install xp. It will ask for proof of the upgrade. At this point you slip in the ME cd to prove and follow the propmts to reinsert the xp cd and install.

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Hi I'm trying to install Windows XP HOME on a brand new SeaGate 120 gig harddrive. This is exactally what I did.

I created a windows 98 bootdisk from to create a partition. I put the bootdisk in the computer and I also put the Windows XP CD in as well. After I get to MS-DOS I typed in "fdisk" First thing that it ask me is:

"Do you want to enable large disk support?" Click to expand...


- Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive
- Create Primary DOS paritition
- Veritfying Drive integrity

" Do you want to use the maximum available size for Primary DOS Partition and make the partition active?" Click to expand...

Then it ask me to reset the computer for it to take into effect. After I get back to MS-DOS I type in
- E:\> I386\winnt

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- E:\
- I hit 'enter'
- Then 'enter' once again

Then this is where my problems is, I don't know what to do.

Windows XP requires a hard drive volume withat least 383 megabytes of free disk space. Setup will use part of this space for storing temporary files during installation. The drive must be on a permanently attached local disk support by Windows SP and must not be a compressed drive

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A:Solved: Installing Windows XP HOME Problem

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With Windows 7 Home Premium, the only way I can FULLY access my Compuserve 7, will ALL of its features, is via AOL. Otherwise, I cannot access it with all of its features, such as printing attachments. Is there any way of accessing all its features without use of AOL?

[email protected]

A:Installing Compuserve 7 on Windows 7 Home Premium

Welcome to TSG forums..
First, I suggest you remove your email address, unless you want to get a lot of spam.......
Do you mean that you want to print attachments in the emails or what?

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I used BCD to create a bootable windows xp install cd (slipstreamed with sp2) from the i386 folder in windows, which was saved before I lost windows with an accidental disk reformat.

The cd boots up fine and everything copies over and installs correctly with no errors. It then says it will continue setup after reboot, but after reboot all I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor in the top left, with no errors. I have no idea ho to get setup to continue. Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be?

amd athlon 64 3000+
2gb PC 3200 Ram
radeon x800xt

PS:I am running Ubuntu Linux just now, but on a seperate partition and with Grub on a seperate partition and NOT on the MBR, and also Windows is on the First and active partition, so i don't think this has anything to do with it, but just in case, I thought I should mention it.

A:Black screen when installing Windows XP Home!!

sounds like you need to load a driver with f6 during the install

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First time of using the Forum so hello.

I have been given a Shuttle to complete the installation of Windows XP Home Edition. I have attached the Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse, the latter do not work. I place in the drive the Windows xp Home Edition CD. Everything is going fine as there is only the last but one installation to complete and then the final. Suddenly I get place in your Home Edition CD (which remember is already in there). I open the drawer and close and it continues then comes up with an error. Cannot find "Classes Cat" and also asks to select drive and shows D: I386. and asks you to say OK. This I cannot do as the keyboard and mouse are not working. What does anyone suggest. Many thanks

A:Installing windows xp home edition on to a shuttle x

WinXP Setup CDs do NOT have SATA drivers.

TRY THIS: go into BIOS Setup, the SATA Drive Setup and see if it has a Compatibility Mode. This mode will make the SATA load as an IDE drive, which will allow WinXP install.

After successful install of WinXP, load the SATA drivers from the Shuttle CD, then reboot, go into BIOS Setup, and reset the SATA Drive Mode back to what is was.

HIGHLY SUGGEST, you install WinXP Pro, NOT Home. All Home editions of Windows are very, very limited. The Home editions make it hard to change some settings that you MAY need to change on a Shuttle PC.


See if the package that came with your Shuttle has a way to install WinXP by using SATA driver from their CD.

It may be best to just contact Shuttle Support with the question.

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