Question about Dell Dimension 8400 PC Desktop
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.
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
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
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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.
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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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