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Reinstalling OS, Need Advice on Driver Backup


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#1 Will Cunningham

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 04:41 PM

Hi all,

I need to reinstall the OS on a DELL Poweredge 1400 Windows XP Professional.
I got a spare OS disk from my cousin. It is a Windows XP Professional disk, so it should work, right?

Can anyone tell me if I will need to backup the drivers on the computer? If so, what should I use to do it?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 04:53 PM

No need to backup the drivers. Just go to the Dell support site, enter your service tag number, and download and install all appropriate drivers starting with the chipset driver.

However, if you wish to use a 3rd party app here are some choices:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/drvback/
http://www.drivermagician.com/

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:07 PM

Okay, now I'm confused. :blink:

Don't I need a driver to use the USB port to get on the internet? Or, are you talking about using another computer to download the drivers, put them on a disk, and then install them?

I went to DELL's website, and they don't have the drivers for the Windows XP edition of the computer.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:11 PM

First, yes - download the drivers either before your format (and then save them to usb drive or cd) or download them on another system. BUT - if your system wasn't meant to run XP and there are no drivers available, you should absolutely not install XP

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 06:05 PM

I would recommend that you look up the hardware first, and see what you have. Windows XP will detect some network cards, but your particular one may not be detected.

Can you provide the service tag number, so that maybe we can assist you?

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:43 PM

Service Tag: D6XLC01

What Dell has on it.

Dell doesn't give the option for XP as an OS. So, I wouldn't know what drivers I need. The OS disk I have is from 2004.

I would recommend that you look up the hardware first, and see what you have. Windows XP will detect some network cards, but your particular one may not be detected.


I read somewhere that most drivers have a generic function built into them. So, if the OS disk is newer than the computer, I might get some of the driver to work, right? (please feel free to correct me here, as this is my first time reinstalling an OS)

Now, I did try to reinstall the OS yesterday. I gave it the product key I found using a keyfinder (my uncle had lost the product key when he gave it to me). The key I have doesn't work. So... we might need to work on that too... :blink:

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:57 PM

The Key should be on the case of the computer, and is only usable with a Dell Provided XP Disk.

You will probably need the SCSI Drivers for the SCSI Controller, the network card drivers, and everything else.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 06:38 PM

So, I should talk with my cousin and get the key from him for the disk? (since he gave me the disk)

You will probably need the SCSI Drivers for the SCSI Controller, the network card drivers, and everything else.



So, I download those and put them on a disk? Or, should I get a program to locate the current drivers I have and find them later?

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 08:51 PM

You will need to have a floppy diskette created to press F6 during XP installation.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 09:01 AM

You will need to have a floppy diskette created to press F6 during XP installation.


Would a regular PC disk work? I don't have any floppy disks.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 11:48 AM

PC Disk?

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 12:34 PM

PC Disk?


Writable CD-ROM. The kind you can save files to.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:02 PM

No you will need a floppy diskette for Windows XP F6 Option during installation.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:12 PM

Alternatively, you can use nlite and create a slipstream installation cd.

http://www.nliteos.com/

http://lifehacker.com/386526/slipstream-service-pack-3-into-your-windows-xp-installation-cd

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 11:14 PM

Sorry for not getting back on this sooner. My studies have been taking up a good part of my time.

The slipstream CD sounds like a good idea. I'll have to find a product code for the OS CD (which shouldn't be hard considering what's on the internet today).

Thanks to everyone who has been helping. I really appreciate it!




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