Dell Vostro Notebook - Want to wipe Vista and install XP
I know that I can format from the XP installation disk, but how do I get into the BIOS on this machine? I assume I have to change the boot priority so the DVD-writer is in position 1, else it is going to keep booting Vista from the HD, no?
Pressing DEL while booting brings me to a Windows menu.
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Are you using a full version retail or OEM copy of WIN XP to install? Or is it a recovery copy from another PC or laptop? You will need to use a full version disc to perform the retrofit. You will also need to download the WIN XP Drivers for your laptop from the Dell Site. You CANNOT "upgrade" install WIN XP over VISTA and keep your drivers, settings, files. Performing a WIN XP install will require a total wipe of your hard drive. Therefore you will have to save off all your personal files before you do this. Microsoft doesn't provide assistance for downgrade-type installations, so you must basically wipe your hard drive and then reload the OS.
If your HDD will not recognized during installation you need to check if your HDD is detected. Try to look at your BIOS if it is detected. IF the HDD will not detected you need to replace the cable, try to use the other slot of your SATA or IDE ports.
First of all, you need the password. If the password was set in the BIOS, you'll have to take it to a Tech for disassembly so they can reset the password from the motherboard jumper set. If it's a Windows password for windows logon, Boot from the Windows CD and run FDISK to format and wipe the Hard drive for a New Windows Installation. You'll need to "Partition" the Hard Disk for Multiple Operating Systems.
If Vista is running, Login and goto Control Panel. Select Help and enter "Multiple Operating Systems" in the Search box. The information you need is there for Vista.
Hi Vostro owner.Dont worry,this can be sorted.Sound issue is not because u installed windows from a Non-dell cd.But i would ask to call up dell because they will provide u the XP disc that should have come with the system or even it is lost from you.Also then we can download the driver from support site : www.support.dell.com and install it.It is just a mere coincidence now.But the reason i'm asking to get cd from Dell is so that u can avoid any future problems with installing XP from a non-dell cd
Take out the hard disk put it on the externaslcase hard disk and format the disk wipe all data from it , and chek the bios seting, put the bios on default seting than you will be able to instal wich OS you want. chek if you have enogh ram for vista , if no put XP not vista. wen you will have more than 1GB put vista.
You may be in for some trouble, a failed bios update isn't always an easy fix. if you can find the cmos battery try to remove that for a few seconds. you will also need a disk version of the bios, download that from dell on another computer and copy it to floppy or cd and see if you can boot to that and reinstall the bios.
when you press the power button what happens, does it light up and run the fan? Nothing appears on the screen?
Put your window XP disk into the Disk drive. Start up your computer. When it asks you what Drive you want to install it on select C:\ (where Vista is) Say yes to deleting the current Operating System and follow the instructions from there.
You did say you wanted to Uninstall Vista!
If you mean Dual Boot Vista and XP, then you will need to create a Logical Partition of about 10 Gb to install XP on and when asked where to install select this partition. But note that XP will wipe the Boot sector clean of all other Operating Systems which means that if you want to Dual boot then you will have to reinstall Vista again to get Dual Boot functionality.