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Dell inspiron 8000 without operating system

I just bought a totally wiped out dell inspiron 8000 from my work, and i have the windows vista disks that i have from my desktop, my question is since i dont have an operating system is the windows vista compatible with the dell inspiron 8000? would i use recovery cd or boot cd?

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  • dagcg2 May 28, 2009

    it came without an operating system on it, how do i change my BIOS?

  • dagcg2 May 28, 2009

    So some are saying it will work (vista) and some say that it for sure will not. Whats the deal will or wont vista work if i have a completely clean and clear harddrive if the model # helps it is pp01x...i just dont want to mess it up, but i dont want to buy a new operating system if i dont have to...

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    I ant to use recovery option for dell inspiron 15z which has the operating system win8.how can I start this

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First, if you are still running Vista on your desktop then you will need to buy a license for the laptop. Does the laptop have a WinXP on it now? If so, go here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx and run the Vista Upgrade Advisor. If not, determine the hardware specifications of your laptop and go here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/system-requirements.aspx Compare your laptops specs to those listed for the version of Vista you wish to install.

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  • SRQfixman May 28, 2009

    Sorry dagcg2, I missed that the hard drive was wiped. When you power up the laptop watch the screen carefully, it should tell you how to get into the BIOS, usually F2 on Dells. You may not need to change anything. If the CD-ROM is already in the boot list then the machine will search there if it can't find a boot device that is above it in the boot list. Doesn't hurt to put the disk (either one) in and give it a shot.

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No, you can not use vista here. Xp should be slow but ok.

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    1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    1 GB of system memory
    40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
    Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
    WDDM Driver
    128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
    Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    32 bits per pixel
    DVD-ROM drive
    Audio Output
    Internet access (fees may apply)


    These are must for the pc, that can run vista. That is a P3 processor with 8 times less memory then it need. How cas someone say, it will run ? do u think, it will run ?

    Please reconsider the rating you game me and the people who really looked the pc model and tried to solve your problem.

    if you do not want to buy an OS, try linux. its fine and free.

    And there are ways to use windows without buying..i must not mention it here lol.

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YOUR SYSTEM IS NOT AT ALL COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS VISTA.

Make sure u install Windows XP.
You Need Not Change The Boot Sequence Follow These Steps For Windows Re-installation..

Process for Windows XP Re-installation


1. Insert Windows XP operating System Disk In The CD Drive.

2. Shut Down The system.

3. STEP 3 IS MEANT ONLY FOR DESKTOP SYSTEM.

Disconnect Everything Except Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor And Power Cable i.e. something like internet, printer, USB PEN DRIVE or External Hard Drive.

4. Restart your system and start tapping F8 key on the keyboard until the DELL LOGO passes from the screen.

5. You will be seeing the BOOT DEVICE MENU.

6. Choose the option--> CD-ROM DEVICE or BOOT FROM CD-ROM.

7. When u highlight it and hit enter on it, the screen will show you PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD.

8. Hit enter Immediately on that screen without missing it otherwise all the step will be repeated back.

I'M ATTACHING FEW LINKS FOR YOU SO THAT YOU CAN DO THAT EASILY AND LEARN AS WELL SO THAT YOU MAY HELP OTHERS AS WELL. SO YOU JUST HAVE TO COPY AND PASTE THE LINKS GIVEN AFTER EVERY STEPS TO DO EVERYTHING SO EASILY.

9. Next screen will show --> WINDOWS SETUP, Set up is inspecting your hardware configuration AND THEN set up is loading files.

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10. When u see the WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL SETUP SCREEN.

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To set up WINDOWS XP now, press ENTER.

11. On the LICENSE AGREEMENT SCREEN hit F8 to accept the LICENSE AGREEMENT.

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12. Now the Screen will show u the
EXISTING PARTITION on your computer so select one at a time and then hit D to DELETE the partition and if it askd for confirmation then hit ENTER to confirm DELETION of the partition. Delete all the EXISTING PARTITION until you see just UNPARTITIONED SPACE.

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13.
When all the partition are deleted then HIT ENTER to INSTALL.

14. The next screen will ask u to
CREATE PARTITIONS so its up to u how many partition u will create. Well i will strongly recommend 2 or maximum 3 partitions. So choose the size accordingly.
Create C PARTITION of 20480 MB.

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15. When u r done with creating partition then just hit ENTER on the NEXT SCREEN and make sure that the HIGHLIGHTED PARTITION IS C ON THE SCREEN.

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16. Now you will see the
FORMAT PARTITION SCREEN so choose the option FORMAT THE PARTITION USING THE NTFS FILE SYSTEM.

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17. Now time to
GET SOME TEA OR COFFEE DUDE because now you will see the SET UP IS FORMATTING THE PARTITIONS so we have to wait few minutes.

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18. Next Screen Will Show u that SET UP IS COPYING FILES with a moving yellow bar.

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19. Keep yourself busy with the COFFEE MUG DUDE.

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20. Now u juss have to sit and relax for next few minutes.

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21. Get one more coffee for yourself my friend.

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22. On the
Regional and Language Options Screen you just have to click on the NEXT BUTTON on bottom right hand side.

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23. On the next screen you need to fill the required details as you would like my friend and then click next.

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24. The next step may or may not come in your screen which is to enter the
PRODUCT KEY for the WINDOWS XP as we will use the OPERATING SYSTEM DISK which i believe u must have got from dell but in case you got this screen enter the PRODUCT KEY and click next. It would be located on the DISK COVER or on the BACK OF YOUR DELL DIMENSION 4600 on a WHITE BAR CODED STICKER AND IT WOULD BE OF 25 DIGIT ALPHANUMERIC.

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25. The next screen is of
Computer Name and Administrator Password. You just have to enter the Computer Name and leave the Administrator Password Box blank and click next.

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26. The
Date And Time Settings screen will come up so kindly choose the correct date and time settings with TIMEZONE.

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27. Now the time will come when you may go and have a burger because this process will take nearly half hour and will keep showing you its progress my friend.

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28.
Network Settings Screen don't bother yourself and concentrate on the burger and click next.

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29.
Workgroup and Computer Domain Screen so click next only.

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30. Display Settings or Resolution Screen.

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31. Don't even bother if these screen don't come up.


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32.
Bill Gates Thanksgiving Screen. Click next.

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33.
Windows Updates Screen. So choose first option.

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34. Click Next If u got this screen which most probably you will not.

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35.
Internet Settings Screen. Choose the second option saying No this computer will connect directly to the internet and click next.

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36.
User Account Screen. Please quickly create the user accounts.

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37. Thank You Screen.

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38. Welcome User name Screen. So choose your user name and log in.

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39.
WINDOWS XP RE-INSTALLATION COMPLETED.

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SO NOW YOUR NEED TO INSTALL THE DRIVERS FOR
AUDIO, VIDEO, CHIPSET AND NETWORK WITH THE DELL DIMENSION RESOURCE CD i.e. Drivers And Utilities CD. Or visit the following link from any other computer and DOWNLOAD the drivers and put it onto a USB PEN DRIVE OR A CD and then install it on to your DELL INSPIRON 8000.

LINK FOR DRIVERS

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=&SystemID=INS_PNT_P3CG_8000

SELECT THE OPERATING SYSTEM AND DOWNLOAD THE DRIVER TO INSTALL.

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    Vick May 28, 2009

    SORRY FOR THE MISTAKE KINDLY PRESS F12 IN STEP4 INSTEAD OF F8.

  • Vick
    Vick May 28, 2009

    I WOULD REQUEST YOU TO KINDLY FOLLOW THIS LINK BELOW AND SEE FOR YOURSELF WHETHER THE DRIVERS CAN BE DOWNLOADED FOR WINDOWS VISTA OR NOT FROM DELL'S OWN SUPPORT WEBSITE

    http://support.dell.com/support/download...

    plzz change your ratings accordingly


  • Vick
    Vick May 28, 2009

    IF YOU INSTALL WINDOWS VISTA THERE WOULD BE NO DRIVERS AVAILABLE TO INSTALL ON YOUR COMPUTER....

    HOWEVER IF YOU SOMEHOW INSTALL WINDOWS VISTA IT WILL AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE VERY BADLY AND WILL PICK UP ONLY THE GENERIC DRIVERS RESULTING IN POOR QUALITY OUTPUT AND PERFORMANCE.....
    EVEN IF YOU CHECK IT ON MICROSOFT'S WEBSITE ABOUT BASIC WINDOWS VISTA HARDWARE NEEDS AND USER'S REVIEWS THERE WOULD BE DIFFERENCE OF AGES SO DON''T GO ABOUT INSTALLING WINDOWS VISTA...


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If you wiped it off the hard drive, then you will need to use the boot cd because your computer will not be able to boot from a blank hard drive. You'll need to go into BIOS, and change your boot order so it will boot from the cd. then just let it run..good luck..

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As long as the OS is good you can install it..then weill give you the activation key withen 30 days.. because this is not original in this unit....you can crack just download only crack from the internet..

. some cd's not compatible in another unit exclusive only in one unit..

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You would use a boot CD. But do you have a valid key? Try getting a copy of the Windows 7 RC You will get 1 years use out of it and it will perform better than Vista

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You use neither you would put in the windows vista setup disk and make sure your bios is set to boot from cd. Put in the windows setup disk turn on the pc and when it says "press any key to boot from cd" hit a key and it will take you into the windows setup. And technically any computer should be able to boot windows vista as long as it meets the min hardware spec posted on microsoft.com

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