I tried to install XP on my Dell inspirion which has come with vista pre loaded. I booted with the XP cd and at the installation screen, there was an error that says" there is no harddisk to install the os, please connect to the system...." something like this.
how to solve this. when my laptop has 160 gb hdd why is it not showing?
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Use the Restoration Disk. When asked choose Repair. (Non-Destructive Installation)
You are missing basic Windows files. Boot loader files. Also you may have to prepare to replace the harddrive. May have bad Sectors on it. Means I would copy off all personal information, after getting that laptop going again, or you may lose it.
insert the cd into the cd rom, when dell logo appears start tapping F12 it will give you the option to boot directly from cd. also you can try system recovery if you have recovery partition with ctrl+F11.
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press delete to enter setup
Press and hold delete during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
this will erase you operating system you have to have a operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
(note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive)
Unfortunately you will need the restore disk to correct this problem. Even if you copy the old disk to the new, chances are you will copy the corrupt files and have TWO bad copies of xp. You can order the restore disk from Dell on average about $30.
burn the ISO disc and boot from cd rom and get it repair it automatically.
if you want to installed windows XP or 98;the reason why your hard disk could not be detected is your hard drive is SATA. disable any sata setting in your BIOS IDE configuration( if setting is not available then download SATA driver and Nlite ;make a bootable windows xp disc with SATA driver pre installed . this is solve your problem
Incase you don't have any thing important on the computer try a factory restore. This will wipe out everthing and make the cmputer like new. To start it power off the laptop. Power it on and hold down ctrl and tap f11 severl times at the Dell logo screen. Try this q couple of times as it may not work the first time. If this does nothing you'll need the os cd (xp cd) tO repair or reinstall windows.
you will not be able to put os in the same hdd on a computer.also if vista is installed on one hdd & the other partition is on the same hdd so please try not to install 2 windows on same hdd,its not possible...
your harddisk is not detected in bios.reconnect your harddisk power cable and sata or ide cable again.then check in bios harddisk is detect or not.
u cna enter in bios with "del" key when u power up ther computer prerss "del" or F2 keyh to enter in bios.
Sounds like you need to boot from the disk.Put the windows XP disk in the cd rom turn the computer off then turn it back on.The computer should see the disk and boot from it.Follow the prompts.You cannot downgrade if you are trying to run the installer after you computer has already booted,but you can load the operating system if the computer BOOTS from the XP disk.
Well, I'm amazed a C640 runs Vista at all.
There's no reason to buy a new hard drive, except for the novenlty of having one loaded with Vista on a C640.
It's a great laptop, and runs Windows XP PRo perfectly well.
If you have one od the Dell XP install disks, just boot from it, and whenever it finds the vista install, hit excape, then at the next screen hit "D" to delete the partition, then choose "quick format", and load the Operation system.
If you need an install disk,let me know.