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Re: dell inspiron windows xp starts then turns off within...
Log on to www.support.dell.com
there on the left hand side thate is an option which says technical support
click on technical support
under that you will see an option which says manuals
click on manuals
either choose your system model or enter the service tag of your system
you have to click on service manuals
you can get each and every info regarding opening your computer
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Press and hold the "Ctrl" and "F11" keys simultaneously when the Dell splash screen appears. The "Dell PC Restore by Symantec" window will appear. Click "Restore." Just make sure you have saved all your data before doing that.
Did you ever have sound. If you did, depending on the version of windows use the system restore feature. Windows XP can go back months, while Vista can only about a month when you show restore points older than 5 days. Just search for the system restore feature for your operating system. Use the help menu to locate the program (In vista it will be named differently but the help menu will show you where it is).
XP repair When you boot with the Dell Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software.
If the repair does not fix it :
If you have documents you need,you would have to set the hard drive in an enclosure and copy the files over. Then you can run the Dell recovery disk . This will set it up as when it came from Dell.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
under the laptop xp home sticker. have u backed up personal files ? pics docs music ?
turn pc on .repeatedly tap F12 then put xp cd in it. then choose cdrom. then it will boot to a blue screen. loading stuff on bottom 2 minutes.then 2 options repair console or install windows. choose second. then F8 i agree to licensing terms and then drive is listed.. at that point u can delete and create partition then it will ask to format i do quick. then rest is easy.