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My Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop recently shutdown and would not reboot due to a Windows Vista error. After recovering my files, I decided to install Windows XP. Obvisouly, the product code is not compatabile with XP. After installation of XP, I tried to install the Dell utilities and Drivers CD that came with my laptop. I received an InstallShield error. Do I need to reinstall Vista, get my computer working, then downgrade to XP? I am afraid that if I reinstall Vista, my computer will again not start due to its poor operation system features. Any help would be much appreciated.

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You might find it difficult to get hold of windows XP keys since Microsoft stopped selling it.
If you get on google and search for something called TinyXP (rev09). I think that this willl solve your problem.

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