How do I install XP on my Inspiron 1545 that is running Vista? I have the discs
Go into BIOS and make sure you boot from disk cd/dvd rom
if you have another computer go to Dell and download all of the drivers for your computer(inspiron 1545) and put them on a USB flash drive (e.g - ethernet, sound, bios update, etc.)
IF you do not want to save any data boot from your XP cd.
The cd will load and it will ask you some questions "install xp" F8 agree. Then it will check for current operating systems. If you have a large hard drive larger than 100 gigs I would partition the hard drive into two or more smaller sections. For XP I would Recommend 40-60 gigs (40960 = 40 gigs - 1024*40). This way--if you have a problem with the OS in the future you can load the OS again without loosing your data as long as you put your data on the other partition (changing the paths on my computer, my pictures, my music, etc.). Then, once the OS is loaded you need to update the OS, get a free antivirus (Microsoft security essentials - put on flash drive), and install any programs you may have or want. Takes some time but this is how to do it if you do not have a clone. Also, check out CCleaner this fixes registry problems, clears cache and more to help your computer run faster. If you have any more question let me know.
I hope this helps!!!
Aug 16, 2012 |
Dell Inspiron 1545 Notebook