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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.

Thanks,
Chris

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  • Chris Els May 22, 2009

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I tried the F10 key while the computer was booting.

    Got to a screen with the following:

    EDIT BOOT OPTIONS

    Edit Windows boot options for: Windows Vista

    Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

    Partition: 3

    Hard Disk: fad0e9d8

    [ /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN]

    Enter=Submit
    -----------------------
    The part in square brackets is editable, but I did not change it, as I do not know what and to what to change it.

    If I just press Enter, it boots into Vista.

    Please help?
    Chris



  • Chris Els May 22, 2009

    I did not get into the BIOS.

  • Chris Els May 22, 2009

    Yes, the F2 key worked! Thanks!

    Chris


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Dell instead of using the "del" key has chosen the "F10" key, this should do the trick

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    Edwin Meyer May 22, 2009


    1. Restart the computer.


    2. At the first text on the screen or the Dell™ logo, press every 3 seconds until the message Entering Setup appears.

      You should now be in the bios, one of the tabs should say "Boot" Or you can scroll through each tab untill you find the entry for boot or hdd device priority. Coose cd/dvd as first bootdevice.

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