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dell dimension 8400 XP install woes


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bonebox6

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hello,
i have a dell dimension 8400 that i acquired at a yard sale (bought with as-is stipulation)
it needs an OS but it didn't come with the dell install disk . it has the microsoft proof of license w/product key for Windows XP Media Center Edition. i have tried to install my XP Pro, a Dell dimension XP Home install Disk for a Dimension 4400.

it keeps coming up with this---->
" File iaStor.sys caused an unexpected error (4101) at line 2108 in d:\xpclient\base\boot\setup\oemdisk.c "


I would greatly appreciate any help that ny of you might be able to provide!
thanks
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gerryf

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you cannot use that key with anything but a media cetner oem disk---and truthfully, the previous owner violated the service agreement by not giving you the media--OEMs travel with teh machine.

Since you got such a good deal, just pop for a new windows disk, ignore the current coa tag, and install fresh
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well yeah,
i failed to mention that i wasn't trying to install media center........i guess my question is this:
can you install say XP Pro on a Dell Dimension 8400 that had had XP Media Center on it.
i have the product key that i need for my XP Pro. Shouldn't i be able to just wipe the HD and install a fresh XP Pro without the computer insisting that it is a dell dimension that is supposed to have XP Media Center. and refusing to install......OR RUN for that matter!
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yes, you should be able to install the way you wish

NOTE; I think iaStor.sys is a sata driver--to install it, you need to press f6 during the boot to install the sata driver from a floppy

Dell's disk had the driver embedded so that is why that disk would not have asked you for it--you will need to install it manually, or create an unattended installation disk with the driver integrated
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