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Posted 19 October 2008 - 12:04 PM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 04:24 PM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 05:28 PM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 05:45 PM
If so, and if you can get your hands on the correct flavor of XP installation CD, you should be able to reinstall XP
If it has Windows 2000 Proof of License, then Win2k would be the direction to go.
Posted 19 October 2008 - 05:51 PM
And Dell probably pre-installed it with XP.
And there is probably a System Recovery partition.
Let's see if we can boot to Recovery Console and allow the machine to reinstall back to factory original.
Ask your friend about any Dell CD's that might be available.
Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:36 PM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:42 PM
There should be a Microsoft holographic sticker with a 25 digit alpha-numeric Product Key, and it should say what version of Windows it was originally licensed for.
Knowing which Windows operating system we are working with will give us a starting point.
Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:48 PM
Looks like you already told me the original operating system.
I have a Windows 2000 cd that came with it.
Is this a Dell branded Windows 2000 installation CD that was originally with the laptop?
Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:48 PM
You should be aware that Windows 2000 Professional should include Service Pack 4 and additional updates from MS Updates
Otherwise, if you wish to use Windows XP, you will have to obtain a legitimate copy of XP installation CD with Product ID License Code.
Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:50 PM
Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:05 PM
Unless, you have the legitimate XP installation CD and Product ID (25 digit alpha-numeric code), then your best bet may be format and install Windows 2000.
Since it's still supported, you will be good to go with most current software, antispyware, antivirus, and firewall applications.
As a bonus, Windows 2000 often runs more briskly than XP, particularly on lower-resource machines.
If you do have the legitimate XP CD and Product Code, then there may be some intermediate steps you could take with the XP Recovery Console.
But that depends upon whether or not you have the CD and Product ID.
Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:15 PM
Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:34 PM
Use the on-screen instructions for moving your Optical Drive (CD/DVD) up into the first position, followed by IDE (Hard Drive).
Generally, getting into BIOS SETUP is achieved by pressing F1. F2, F10, or DEL early in the Boot sequence.
I don't know which, but you will see a Prompt such as....
(F1 = BIOS) or (F1 to Enter SETUP)
Watch closely immediately when the screen is still black. The "prompt" will be included in the first printed displayed information.
Once in BIOS, the BOOT Device Order will probably be on the first or second screen.
you will be instructed to use your arrow keys to navigate and probably your + / - keys to toggle the position of the device.
Don't make any other changes.
When exiting, select "Save Changes and Exit"
If you already have the MS Windows 2000 CD in the CD ROM, you should probably get a "Press "any" key to boot from CD"
Follow the on-screen prompts.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:32 PM
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