Question about Dell Latitude D800 Notebook
At first I have a new Dell laptop with windows NT in it then I attempted to upgrade to windows XP without succes. After I used the installation disk to explore further how to upgrade but instead I never was able to reboot to windows NT anymore. Now I am trying to boot it with Win95 and the message given is (you will need to create an MS-DOS boot partition to set up Windows)
The reason u cant load win 95 is cause NT uses NTFS file system while win 95 uses FAT file system totally different format.
Make a 95/98 boot disk and then go download ranish partition manager and put it on the boot disk. Once it loads up to a command prompt type part Typing part will execute the file on the disk to load up the manager. Here u can delete the NTFS and make a fat 32 or fat 16 and format the Hard drive. After doing so turn off pc and put in the system cd u want to install.
Posted on May 24, 2009
You need to boot from the XP cd, and from there you may be able to do the installation. To set the laptop to boot from the CD you need to configure the BIOS by pressing F2 while in the Dell progress bar.
Posted on May 24, 2009
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Note: The Microsoft Windows XP CD is a bootable CD and in many cases you should not need a bootable floppy diskette. Booting from the Windows XP CD will allow you to not only install/re-install Windows XP but will also allow you to troubleshoot it.
Create MS-DOS bootable diskette
When formatting a floppy diskette, users have the option of creating a MS-DOS startup disk, follow the below steps to do this.
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1. Check your BIOS to be sure your computer will boot from a CD.
Enter the BIOS setup by pressing the "Delete" or F2 or "F12"
key, or as directed at the startup screen, immediately after booting. Set the
first boot device to "CDROM" or "DVDROM" instead of
"hard drive" if it isn't already.
2. MS-DOS command prompt
Insert the Windows XP installation CD into your CD or DVD drive
and restart the computer. When prompted, choose to start from the MS-DOS
command prompt with CD support. The MS-DOS command prompt will appear in a
3. Start SMARTDRIVE by typing "SMARTDRV" at the DOS prompt
and pressing enter. You don't have to run SMARTDRIVE, but copying the files
will be much quicker if you do. The computer will display the DOS prompt again.
4. Enter "CD I386" at the DOS prompt to change to the
directory where the setup program starts.
5. Enter "WINNT" at the prompt to start Windows XP setup.
The installation program will copy files to your computer and then display a
message requesting to reboot.
6. Press the "Enter" key to reboot. The setup program will
start again and check that your hard drive format is compatible with Windows
XP. If not, it will guide you through partitioning and formatting the drive and
then ask you to reboot once more.
7. Press "Enter" to reboot. The computer will restart in Windows XP mode and automatically start the Windows Setup Wizard to detect your hardware and finish the installation.
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