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Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life. You never know when one will leave you.
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 04:20 PM
I would follow dc3's advice. I just completed the exact same task, except I wiped out XP and went with VISTA. You can also use a program called CopyWipe which you can get from here:
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/copywipe.php Get the DOS version. since you want to boot from the CD or floppy anyway. A single pass of zeros is enough and should take approx. 2 - 5 hours depending upon the size of your drive and how much data is on it.
Boot from the XP CD, create your partitions, format them and you're off to the races.
I would also go to the Dell Support site to get all the latest drivers for your laptop. Search by model (once you decide which model you are getting) and make sure you select XP as the operating system. After XP loads up, install the drivers in this order:
2) Integrated Graphics controller ONLY if you do NOT have a 3rd party video card
3) Video driver ONLY if you do not have an integrated card
4) Network drivers (regular & wireless LAN)
5) Sound/Audio Driver
6) Modem, Firewire (if available)
7) Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor
Now go ahead and install your other applications.
Posted 10 August 2007 - 08:58 PM
Posted 13 August 2007 - 04:09 PM
I forgot to give you this WARNING:
Wiping the drive will remove ALL partitions including the hidden Dell recovery partition and utility partitions. If you want to keep these, then don't wipe the drive, simply write zeros to the Vista partition only, then boot from XP CD, create a new partition or use the unallocated space.
Posted 13 August 2007 - 04:16 PM
Posted 13 August 2007 - 05:36 PM
whats windows XP x64?
can i install a video game to a external hard drive then connect it to my laptop and play it without any compatibility problems aka software must work with BOTH XP and Vista.
Posted 15 August 2007 - 08:33 AM
is the hidden dell recovery partition important if i have the FULL OEM Win XP Pro SP2 disc?
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