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I just got a new hard drive in my laptop and i was wondering if it is possible to install windows xp with just the"Reinstallation Cd Microsoft Windows Xp Home Edition Including Service Pack 1".
If it is I could you please give me a link or tell me how.
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Hi augie951753456...

What make and model is your laptop?

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dell inspiron 1100
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Choose the date option that applies to your computer and follow the resulting guide.
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when i put in the cd my options are

to set up Windows Xp now, press ENTER

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R

To quit Setup without installing Windows Xp, press F3


I can go through this whole cd ( selecting the available partition to install xp to, copying and configuring xp) but when it restarts itslef it just goes back to the begging of the cd. I have tried many times.
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Dell Reinstallation Guide

Choose the following:
  • Attempts have been made to avoid a reinstallation.
  • Data has already been lost, or does not need to be backed up.
  • Choose the date that applies to your machine.
Follow the resulting guide.
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Ok...you get the default menu...this is good.

to set up Windows Xp now, press ENTER

You'll want to Partition using the maximum space and then use the Full Format option...not the Quick Format. Format to NTFS rather then FAT32.
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I have gone throuhg it all, but when it restarts itself nothing has changed and there is still no operating system
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Do you get the screens that are shown HERE.
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The only partition that is available to me is partition1 (ntfs) and a very small partition that wont let me do anything on
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after i accept the terms and conditions and press F8

the screen is:

Existing partitions

C: Partition1 (NTFS) 28608 MB ( 28369 MB free)

Unpartioned space 8 MB
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Just what you want...the small partition will contain recovery files and is a normal part of the OEM installation...looks like your are on the right path.
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but... when i select the unparitioned space it brings up a window that says:

The parition or the unpartitioned space you selected is too small for Windows Xp. Select a partition or unparitioned space of at least 1015 megabytes (MB).
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You want to install to the Partition (Partition1)...you can reclaim the unpartitioned space from Windows once it's installed.

(Sorry for the late reply...got called out for a little bit... :whistling: )
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