For some quick background, I am an average techy. I would give myself 4 out of 10 in regards to understanding computers.
In this situation though, I am stumped, even after I have followed directions from numerous boards and forums.
And old Dell D620 Laptop. The operating system it came with was WIndows XP Pro. Years ago I upgraded to Vista. Oops.
Since that time- I have upgraded the internal HDD twice, and the last time Laptop worked it was running Win 7.
HDD is dead again. I since have found an older Hitachi 2.5" HDD and wiped it clean with with DiskWipe. I want to use this HDD with this laptop.
I found an ISO of WIndows XP Pro. Its about 605MB. I don't have the original Windows XP disc, as the OS was preinstalled by Dell. I want to install this ISO onto Hitachi HDD.
I also have USB to SATA adapter if needed.
Whats not working?
Accoridng to simple instructions from nearly everyone, I should burn the ISO to a disc. Check. I burned the ISO file to a DVD disc.
Next I inserted it into the laptops disc tray.
I have been told that once I turn on the laptop, the CPU should give me the option to boot from disc. Except it hasn't.
I have gone into the boot menu and chose for the CD/DVD as the boot device.
Still nothing. I just get the message "Missing Operating System"
Of course I am missing it. Thats why I am trying to install it. Duh.
So to my questions:
Do I have to do anything with the Windows XP ISO file? Extract it? Zip it? Rename it?
WOuld I have better luck using my USB to SATA adapter, and try to install the ISO externally using my desktop computer as the conduit?
What if I load the ISO onto a USB stick instead of trying to install by disc?
I have read several things about using Dameon to "mount" the ISO? Should I be doing this?
Also I have downloaded the Windows XP Pro Boot from Microsofts website. KB310994. Not sure what this is, but every time I run it from my Desktop my cpu locks up.
Thanks for any help/suggesstions you can offer. I am at my last rope here.