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Dell c400 loading xp

You said to load XP but not the drivers, how do you do that since it seems to want to load them automatically? I tried loading the HDD into another laptop and loading xp but when I moved it back to the dell it kept getting stop error. Now I want to try what you are saying, please any help would be appreciated.

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  • wdiddy Dec 22, 2008

    okay I don't have the OEM copy of XP, I bought my own. Here's what I think you are telling me to do.
    1. put hdd into a different laptop and load xp onto it with limited drivers
    2. modify registry with dell drivers
    3.download sysprep and do what you stated earlier
    4. put drive back in to dell

    Now please provide some clarification

    1.How do I control what drivers it installs when loading XP?
    2.Sounds like I install XP on the non-dell laptop in order to modify the registry, is this correct?



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Did you sysprep the system?
You should only load the drivers that are needed to make the system run the basics. Don't worry about the network card unless you wish to install windows updates. I recommend just installing the OEM version of XP and modifying the registry to add drivers.
HKLM Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion "DevicePath"
Leave whatever is in there and add all the drivers to that folder. Make sure to include the motherboard drivers for the Dell laptop followed by all the other drivers. Some drivers will contain sub folders and you need to specify those as well spaced out by semi colons.
This should be all pasted in the devise path and it should look similar to this.

%SystemRoot%\inf;c:\dell_drivers\C400\Audio;c:\dell_drivers\C400\Video;c:\dell_drivers\C400\Video\XP_32; ect ect ect... if there sub folders in the drivers that are zipped, unzip them to the directories that you created on the root of C.
Once you have finished downloading all the drivers and modified the DevicePath registry key then download SysPrep from microsofts website and select Mini Setup and Shut down check boxes. Once the system shuts down then put the drive into the other laptop.

The system will be setup to install XP on the C400 with the drivers you included from the registry and the paths you pointed them to pole. On newer systems with Sata drives and other specific types of hardware like RAID you will need the hardware ID and adding that to the answer file for sysprep but that is way more complicated! For a DellC400 you will not need to do that.

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  • VA_DC_MD Dec 24, 2008

    Yes you install XP on the non dell machine and modify the registry to add the drivers for the dell prior to syspreping it.



    However without the OEM cd you may need other files that are required from that disk that are not included from the one you have.



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