Question about Dell Laptop InspironTM 1501 PC Notebook
Once you format and get to the screen where you're prompted to install xp, just make sure that you type a number that's half the size of your drive. format the first, do the installation and don't worry about the second one until needed.
when installing the second O/S, just pick the remaining space that's probably not partitioned, partition it, format and install.
It should take care of the boot.ini entries automatically for ya.
Posted on Jun 17, 2008
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If you have the recovery cd, you can just pop-in the CD, select the reformat option and the installation process will continue automatically. Some laptop might have a special partition in the drive contains the operating system, drivers, etc. in case you want to reformat your laptop without the CD.
If you don't have the recovery CD, you usually can request one from the manufacturer. Otherwise, if you want to do a clean install, make sure you download all the drivers for your laptop, this may includes: motherboard, chipset, graphic card, sound card, modem, network card. Once you do that, put in the OS CD and start installing.
If you decided to do a clean install without the recovery CD, it would be best to create partition on your harddrive first, so you can have dedicated partition for operating system and backup. The next time you want to reformat your harddrive, you can just reformat that particular partition ex. C:\
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