I recievced a dell pc desktop dont know what model it is but its set up for a corp network. cant get pass password would like to wipe drive and install xp have disks. how do i go about this. i think its...
The model name, and model number is usually on the back of the computer tower, next to the Windows Product key, or up on the side of the computer tower case.
Sometimes you have to open a door on the Front Panel, and it is located inside. (Not on the door. On the computer. The Front Panel is the plastic front of your computer)
You have XP Installation disk/s?
You are aware that Microsoft's User's License states,
"Only one genuine copy of Windows per one computer"
(Microsoft makes a Master disk of an Operating System. The copies made from it are bought by the consumer. These are GENUINE copies)
If the Windows XP installation disk you have is a fresh disk, I suggest you go to BIOS Setup, and in Boot Options change the first boot option to CDROM.
Windows doesn't 'like' having the same operating system installed over it.
Making sure that your optical drive, (CD or DVD. Player or burner, doesn't matter), is the first boot device, will override the above.
How to get into BIOS Setup for a Dell? (It's actually BIOS Setup utility)
Dell uses different keys on the keyboard for their different models.
A) The Dimension models usually use either the DELete key, or the F2 key.
B) The Inspiron models use the F2 key
C) The Latitude models (Desktop computer) use the F2 key
D) The Optiplex models may use either the F2 key, or the DELete key.
E) The Precision models use the F2 key.
Computer off, right after you press the Power On button, start tapping, (In 2 second intervals), on the appropriate key for your Dell model.
Note that I stated two different keys for some of the above models.
The procedure to find out which is the correct one, is to simply try one that is listed, and if it doesn't work, try the other one.
HOWEVER, you try using the first key.
Then you need to start all over.
You need to reboot the computer. (Restart)
Press the CTRL, ALT, and DELete keys at the SAME TIME.
This will restart, (Reboot), the computer, where you can try the other key.
Once you are in the BIOS Setup utility, you need to look for Boot Options.
There are many types of BIOS setup utilities, and Dell didn't/doesn't use just one.
You may see Boot Options in the top header of the BIOS Setup utility.
You may not.
If it isn't listed at the top, scroll down to the listing similar to,
Advanced BIOS Options, and open it.
[In the BIOS Setup utility you can no longer use your mouse.
You will use the Up/Down Arrow keys to highlight the area you wish to open, and then press the Enter key]
For questions please post in a Comment.
Sep 18, 2010 |