I want to re-install Windows Xp to get SP3, but my computer.
I've tried to reinstall Windows Xp on my Dimension 4400 and it always says that there is an error of one of the files. I have SP1 on my computer and need to upgrade. Should I just get a whole new hard drive? I talked to a shop and they want to charge me $65 just to reinstall Windows XP on my computer just as long as I reinstall drivers, software, etc; which I already know how to do. I've installed a new harddrive on my laptop. It works a whole lot better. It came with a 30g harddrive, and I installed a 40g harddrive. Thank you.
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Well download a disc from here http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/download-unmodified-original-windows-xp-with-sp3-integrated-full-retail-and-vl-install-cd-iso-image-from-msdntechnet-plus-via-http-or-torrent/ download which ever version came with your computer either home or pro, burn it using a iso burner, and viola' you're good to go on a reinstallation.
I was able to dig this up. Reference: http://4sysops.com/archives/tip-how-to-install-and-uninstall-a-program-in-safe-mode/
Run Windows in safe mode. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\ Create a registry key REG_SZ keyand call it MSIService and value data and call it Service, which is the windows installer. This will give you permission to uninstall windows service Pack 3 from add/remove programs while in safe mode.
Insert your System CD (the one with the operating system on it). Boot up the computer and press F12 during the couple of seconds at the very beginning of the boot sequence to access the boot menu. You'll want to specify the CD-ROM as your 1st boot device. The system will boot from the system CD and you just follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system. Just realize, this will restore your computer to "out of the box" condition. You'll have to update Windows XP several times as well as your drivers. Also, ALL data that was on the computer will be lost forever.
Well if you have it installed on the computer and cant get past the Windows logo. Put the SP3 disk in and do a repair. Make sure you hit -R and not the repair button after clicking continue. Well the directions for a repair will be on the screen. That is my thoughts on what you should do. If you have already done this, then I'm not sure where you should head to next. Hope this helps!!
This computer has only 1.7ghz and 256mb ram. That is your biggest problem. On windows XP its recommended to have at least 512mb of ram, and 1gb would be even better. Ram is the best way to speed up your computer, as its very cheap and packs a punch.
If you want to upgrade your processor, you may want to look at another computer, as they can be very expensive at times.
Reboot and keep tapping on F8 into Safe Mode. You can select "Last known good configuration" or continue In safe
mode and do a system restore to the day before you installed the SP3. To do
a system restore, go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools,
System restore. Windows XP SP3 has some issues with certain programs giving
the blue screen of death.