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I have a dell inspiron 2650 laptop which I want to reinstall the windows xp operating system ie do a destructive restart. When I load the xp operating system CD it says that because it's an earlier version than what I have it won't allow it. I've tried everything to override it but I haven't been successful. Any ideas?

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  • jonathan2211 Sep 08, 2010

    I can't get it to boot from the CD is the problem. It says your current operating system is an upgrade from the CD ( yea I know that, I'm currently at SP3 and the CD is SP1) and it will not let me reinstall from the CD.

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Reboot the computer and start press the DELETE key or the key the screen tells you to use to get into SETUP mode

Once in setup, find a menu item that you can set the boot sequence and change the boot sequence so that the CD-ROM/DVD optical drive is the first device. Now SAVE & EXIT, Put the recovery CD in and reboot your computer. It will now boot from the operating system CD, follow the on screen instructions to complete the reinstallation of Windows XP

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Please clarify, did you boot the system from CD-Rom using the XP Cd or you were trying to install it like.. "upgrade" ?. If there's no problem deleting all the files saved/installed on the C: drive, better boot from the CD-Rom and try again.
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Thanks.

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