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I have tried to reinstall my Windows XP Home OS on my pc that is now loaded with Vista Business but the screen says i cannot because there is a newer Os installed

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Re: Windows XP OS

1st use the old CD and format the partition and then try the new OS.

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Your choices at the point are:
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I have extensive experience working in dental digital radiography so I may be able to offer some assistance. First your state you are running Inspiron Vista Windows XP, please help me sort that out.

Inspiron is a model line from Dell, there are 500+ models and every one is different, please tell me the full model# on the bottom, better yet the express service code then I can look up the exact hardware specification. Second, what version of windows are you running? Windows Vista(Home Basic, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate), or XP(Home, Pro, Media Center)?

Then please provide some useful info about your MRI's. What program do you use to view them, do they come on a CD/DVD with the program installed or did you recieve a seperate disk/download for the program?

With this info in hand and a description of the problem, eg/ Not a clue how to start, or, loaded X program get Y error message when I open an image, I can at least ascertain your problem and make some suggestions.

Unfortunately the one liner request you fired at us just doesn't give me enough to work with, imagine I told you about my daughter Anya who is missing 60% of her Corpus collosum(She really is, true story)...then asked you to diagnose why, and what effect it might have on her life and you'll know how hard it would be for me to answer your question without this info.

Hope to hear back from you soon as I enjoy radiography and MRI challenges,


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