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I removed Vista the wrong way, now I could use some help


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jbclem

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I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex 960 and it came with Vista installed, no disks.  I had trouble using Vista so I installed a dual boot with WinXP.  Then months later I wanted to regain the space Vista was using on the C partition, so without considering it closely I deleted the Vista Windows folder.  I didn't have a Vista installation disk so I didn't think I could have uninstalled it the proper way.

 

Months later...the C partition is still named OSDisk (C:) in My Computer.  WinXP is on E: partition, both these on one hard drive.  This hard drive is showing signs of failure (I also have a second hard drive) so I removed the 2nd hard drive and replaced it with a new formatted hard drive I recently bought.  Then I tried to clone the first hard drive to the 2nd hard drive using Casper 3.0.  This cloning failed in the middle of the transfer of OSDisk (C:).  And from the error report it looks like there were a lot of references to missing files.  I'm guessing this is because I had deleted the Vista Windows folder.

 

I think I need to find a way to completely remove all Windows Vista references from this OSDisk (C:) partition.  I'm flying blind here since I know nothing about Windows Vista.  Do I need to get a Windows Vista installation disk(s) and run an uninstall, and will it be successful even though I deleted the Vista Windows folder?  Or is there another way to do this that someone could suggest?  I'd appreciate any ideas...

 

John

 

 


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Hi jbclem and welcome to G2G!

 

Reading your post it sounds like the easiest thing to do in your situation would be to backup your important data such as documents etc and reinstall XP on to the new hard drive.

 

Another thing worth nothing is Windows XP hasn't been supported with security updates since 2014 so it's vulnerable to nasties from the internet.  It might be worth looking into a Linux distro such as Linux Mint.


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I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex 960 and it came with Vista installed, no disks.  I had trouble using Vista so I installed a dual boot with WinXP.  Then months later I wanted to regain the space Vista was using on the C partition, so without considering it closely I deleted the Vista Windows folder.  I didn't have a Vista installation Tutuapp 9Apps ShowBox disk so I didn't think I could have uninstalled it the proper way.  And from the error report it looks like there were a lot of references to missing files.  I'm guessing this is because I had deleted the Vista Windows folder.

 

Months later...the C partition is still named OSDisk (C:) in My Computer.  WinXP is on E: partition, both these on one hard drive.  This hard drive is showing signs of failure (I also have a second hard drive) so I removed the 2nd hard drive and replaced it with a new formatted hard drive I recently bought.And from the error report it looks like there were a lot of references Pnr Status  TextNow  VPN to missing files.  I'm guessing this is because I had deleted the Vista Windows folder. Then I tried to clone the first hard drive to the 2nd hard drive using Casper 3.0.  This cloning failed in the middle of the transfer of OSDisk (C:).  And from the error report it looks like there were a lot of references to missing files.  I'm guessing this is because I had deleted the Vista Windows folder.

 

I think I need to find a way to completely remove all Windows Vista references from this OSDisk (C:) partition.  I'm flying blind here since I know nothing about Windows Vista.  Do I need to get a Windows Vista installation disk(s) and run an uninstall, and will it be successful even though I deleted the Vista Windows folder?  Or is there another way to do this that someone could suggest?  I'd appreciate any ideas...

 

John

 

 

 

Hi John

 

You can simply use the support on DELL official website.

You got the link here, https://www.dell.com...t/home/us/en/04

Just follow the steps they describe to you and it will be fine.

 

regards


Edited by Tanyiah, 03 February 2019 - 04:47 PM.

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