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Reinstall xp wind

When i hit delete key the screen did not give me the prompts that you gave me so i was lost.  i tried to reboot but it gave me error.  i am back on blue screen problems detect............  i am lost.  i hate for you to help for free when i already paid someone who did not finish the job.

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You are in the operating system when you see a blue screen, the bios is before the computer boots int the operating sys, it is like the heart, of a computre, you don't need an operating system fo booting into bios, thats like a new harddrive that would have nothon it yet, the bios must be acccesed prior to booting into windows

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I can't delete any of the d drive even after restoring factory settings


Which operating system ?


some operating systems have part of there operating system stored in partitions which are protected other operating systems like Vista have partitions which have there recovery back up and also are protected



Sometimes there's no better way to repair a damaged Windows XP install than to start from scratch and reinstall the whole thing. It's a drastic move, but it is almost guaranteed to work. (Only serious hardware issues or incorrectly installed files can cause errors in this case.) If all other options have been exhausted, and your computer still won't function correctly, fear not: After a reinstall it should be running as good as new.

Locate an XP install disk, preferably the one that came with the computer, and any other software packages and drivers. Most of the time these will come packaged with the computer at the time of purchase. To save your data, copy information in your "My Documents" folder and any other important data you might have stored on the hard drive to a flash drive, CD or an external hard drive. Insert the XP install disk into the computer's CD drive and reboot the computer. The computer should automatically boot from the disk, loading the blue Windows XP Setup screen. On some computers, you may need to press a button when prompted to boot from the disk. After the Windows XP Setup has finished loading files, press "Enter" as prompted on the screen to set up Windows XP, and then accept the Licensing Agreement on the next screen by pressing "F8." Navigate the partition menu to find the partition on which Windows XP had previously been installed (likely, there will only be one) and press "D" to delete it. Verify that you want to delete the partition on the screens that follow. Set up a new partition, press "C," set the desired for the partition and press "Enter" to create it. The new partition will now be listed on the previous partition menu. Select the newly partitioned space, and press "Enter" to set up Windows XP on it. The Windows XP Setup program will format the new partition and continue with the graphical user interface portion of the installation process after the computer reboots. Navigate through the set-up menus that follow. The setup program will reboot the computer and load Windows after it has finished installing files. Reinstall any drivers and software that may previously have been installed on the computer by inserting their disks and going through their installation processes. Download Windows updates from Microsoft's website. (See Link Below.)

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/windowsupdate/default.mspx

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Sata Hard drive errors and Raid errors


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Reboot your system and hit F2 as soon as you see the Dell startup screen (the options are F2 for setup, F12 for boot sequence).

In the System Setup screen, do these steps.

Select Drives:
Make sure your Diskette Drive (3.5 floppy) is set properly (Usually set to Internal)
Make sure that "Drive 0: SATA-0" drive is set to "ON"

Go to "SATA Operation":

Your system proabaly came set to "RAID Autodetect / AHCI" - THIS SETTING CAUSES YOUR SYSTEM TO GO INTO AN IDE LOOP AND DOESN'T ALLOW IT TO FIND YOUR FACTORY INSTALLED SATA DRIVE.

CHANGE THE SATA OPERATION SETTING TO "COMBINATION"

Reboot - make sure that the boot sequence is set to CD rom before HD and make sure that the reinstall CD is in the drive. Setup will load, hit enter to reinstall XP. Your HD should now be detected and you should see the licensing agreement.

If you have your files backed up I reccommend deleting the partition and reformatting prior to installing XP, it will give you that option after the license agreement.

Once you have successfully reinstalled the OS, Dell reccommends that you change the SATA Operation setting back to RAID AUTODETECT / AHCI (or back to whatever your factory setting was) to avoid any problems with other IDE devices installed on your system.
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Sep 03, 2012 | Dell Dimension 9150 (DIM915MIN) PC Desktop

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When I press F8 key and it's not giving a option to restore my computer


No bootable device means the system cannot boot from where ever you are trying to boot. If you have something in the CD Drive other than a Repair Disc or Operating System Disc remove it.

Try booting from your hard drive. Turn off the computer then turn it back on and watch the screen for which key it says to hit to Change the Boot Sequence or Boot Order. Hit that key when you see the message or you will have to start over. Select the Hard Drive as your boot device. If you get a message about an unbootable device then you will need to run the Check Disk Utility. If it boots, then you will need to make a permanent change to the Boot Sequence or Boot Order.

To make a permanent change turn the computer off, then turn it back on and watch the screen for which key it says to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup. When you see the message, hit the key otherwise you will have to reboot and start over. When the Bios or System Setup window opens tab over and Change the Boot Order or Boot Sequence and save your changes.

To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc or a operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot from it. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with white letters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice the percentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run to completion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows. Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents, music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair when the options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recovery console and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

May 27, 2012 | Dell PC Desktops

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GX620 Dell, will not boot, 3 green steady lights and power lite, usb light....when i power on, it looks at the hard drive, then stops. monitor has blinking cursor...no bios comes up, and cannot access...


Does anything ever post to the lcd screen when you press the power button to boot it? Does it every show you things like which key to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup?

I think you have a corrupt or missing boot file or system file. The blinking cursor is indicative of that. Try running the Check Disk Utility from your XP CD.

To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

May 04, 2012 | PC Desktops

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Deleted corrupt attribute list entry code type 256 in file 11433


Have you ran a virus scan to make sure you're not infected with something?

If you have repair disk or system disk put it in the CD drive and boot from it. You want to get to a command prompt (black screen with white writing) and type: chkdsk /r

You might be able to get to it in Safe Mode.
To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.If all fails you will have to Reinstall Windows, I would try doing a Repair Install so you don't lose any data.

Apr 08, 2012 | Dell PC Desktops

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BLUE SCREEN


Which Operating System? You'll need a system disk to run the chkdsk command for a Dos Prompt (black screen with white lettering).

Insert the Operating System Disk in the cd drive, reboot from the operating system disk and select the option to Repair. It will search for your operating system and once found you will select it by entering a 1 for windows. Then it will ask for the Administrator's password which in most cases is blank so just press enter. When you see the Dos Prompt simply enter the command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour and you will notice the percentage of completion going from high to low, but that's normal. Let it run to completion then reboot the machine.

If you still have issues, then you'll need to reinstall windows. Try doing a Repair Install which preserves your music, pictures, documents, data and videos.

Windows XP Repair Install:
Insert the Operating System Disc in the cd drive and boot from it.
When the Options come up select the Option to Install Windows (Don't select Repair). It will start loading windows files and at some point it will ask you to accept the License Agreement by hitting F8. On the next screen after hitting F8 it will begin searching your system for an already installed operating system. It should find yours and give you more options to which you want to select the option to Repair. This will preserve everything you have on the system.

In windows vista to get to the dos prompt you will need to use the operating system disk and boot to it. Then get into the Recovery Console and look down at the bottom for the Dos Command Prompt or Repair option.

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Reinstall windows


Hi,

Yes. Once you reinstall the windows, it would Fix the issue. Make sure, you need to Format the Drive before you Install windows.

Note - This would result in Loss of Data.

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Sep 01, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4300 PC Desktop

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Xp instal


HOW TO INSTALL FROM CD SIMPLIFIED.
be sure to have 16 character product key handy
1.be sure bios is set to boot from cd (see your boot screen for prompt to enter setup.)
2.insert cd and reboot you should be prompted to "hit any key to boot from cd"
3.hit any key
4.follow prompts if you have any third party raid drivers hit f6 when prompted.
5.install should take about 40 minutes depending on computer speed don't forget to update immediately after reinstall

to reinstall from harddive partition follow prompts on boot screen or look for recovery software on your programs menu..

Apr 23, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Hello,l'm trying to formate my daewoo pc.l press Delete to inter setup,however, it is on safe mode.l want to start the setup from the CD.Thing that l'm finding it hard now.so, please,can you help me find...


REBOOT..GO INTO THE BIOS AND MAKE YOUR CD/DVD FIRST BOOT RESTART.COMPUTER WILL BOOT FROM CD.FOLLOW THE PROMPTS AND FORMAT AND REINSTALL..THEN ACTIVATE.RICHARDM69

Dec 03, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Reformat my PC


Choose to boot from your CD, you can do this by going into your system setup on boot by pressing the F2 key, sometimes this key maybe the ESC key so as you boot, watch your screen to see which one is for your system, it usually comes up on your screen somewhere as you boot and reads F2 = Setup, or "Press F2 to Enter Setup". Once in there find your boot sequence and make booting from the CD the first one. Then save and exit. Once you exit, the machine will reboot and start from the CD so have the XP CD already in the drive.

Follow the prompts on the screen and eventually you will be asked where you wish to install XP. On the bottom of the screen you will see certain letters equal certain actions. First make sure your C: drive is selected using the arrow keys. Then press "D" for delete partition. It will make sure that you actually want to do this...just accept all defaults.

Then you must press "C" for create partition. Accept all defaults again and follow the prompts formatting will then proceed in NTFS form. Either quick or normal you can choose. After the yellow bar has completed the format, setup will begin.

Follow the onscreen prompts to setup windows.

After your system wants to reboot after setup remember to go back into your F2 setup and change the boot sequence back to C: then Floppy A: and then your CD drive. C: drive must be first at least. When you exit this time setup will continue.

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