Re: CANT GET WINDOWS XP PRO TO COPY FILES TO A GX280
The problem is the driver for the sata hard drive. You would need to get that from the dell site and put it on a floppy disk, then at the start of the windows install select to install that driver. I ended up just installing the rc version of windows 7 and it worked out fine.
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Greetings I have the same computer which makes this a little easier I hope for understanding this process even on other computers it is all the same just different messages come up for each and everyone of them. Some go smooth and some just simply get complicated.
First you have to make sure that the disk you have of Windows XP Pro is legal and working it may be a bad disk. The install disk must be working properly. Also do to prior Windows installation which brought you to this point you will have to possibly use a formating program that does a complete erase of your hard drive. I use D/Ban Hardisk Eraser. Click Here
Once downloaded insert the disc into the CD or DVD drive on your computer and do a complete format it may take a while, then go ahead once that process is complete do another install making sure that you are booting from the DVD or CD Rom as your first boot device and the hard drive as the second boot option, under boot order options at the BIOS settings. Most likely this setting is probably already set to do this. If those two things are working the good Windows disk and a clean hard drive for a clean install. You should not have a problem installing the Windows Operating System software. Just follow the on screen directions.
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If you boot the laptop from the XP CD it will come to an option where it says looking for Windows installations. When it finds it use the option to delete partition then format it and install. After deleting partition the laptop doesnt know it has anything installed on it. Please dont forget to vote
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.
Start machine press F8 repeatedly
If it lets you into Safe Mode then go to Programs, Accesories, System Tools, System Restore and try to roll the machine back a week or so
If that does not work you need to find a buddy with a copy of the software and reinstall providing your machine has the Windows sticker on the back or sides giving you the key code
Install the XP Pro first, install the necessary drivers etc. Then after that load the other disk for windows XP Home install it choose the drive to install the OS, install the necessary drivers etc. you will see two operating system while going to boot section of the computer.
During the XP install, you will be given the chance to set up partitions on the drive. Blow them all out. Completely. Then recreate the partition and let XP install. I expect this will solve the nt loader issue. If, however, it does not, then use the recovery approach below to get the required loader files onto your boot partition.
Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R"
key to repair Windows.
Log into your Windows installation by pressing the
"1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your administrator password,
enter that password.
Copy the below two files to the root
directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we
are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is
"d." This letter may be different on your computer.
The problem is with the actual key that you are using. Not your
computer, or the components inside of it. If you are certain that you
are using a valid key Its likely that you have a a key for windows
home, and you are trying to install windows professional, or visa
versa... Either way, If all else fails, you could replace the OS (
Buy or download) much easier than the hardware inside your computer.
Basically your computer is fine, just get a valid OS. If your adventurous try ubuntu.