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#1 Raymondo44

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:20 AM

Hi, I have acquired a pc which is loaded with WinXP but in Spanish.

 

I want to wipe the drive and re-install my English version of WinXP.

 

What are the most efficient steps to achieve this? I'm thinking drivers, mainly, for the system. Programmes I've backed up ready.

 

Would it be a good idea to use my Double Driver program to download/install the drivers, or back up the drivers myself. 

 

Not sure how to be sure I've backed up the drivers myself.

 

I had a mad thought that maybe I could try and do a WinXP repair over the Spanish version. Anybody know if this is possible?

 

Appreciate any help.

 

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:21 AM

Using another computer (there is always a way) I download and make sure I have the right drivers for the NIC. From there I just re-load the OS and when done I load the NIC drivers, get connected and then download the rest. However, with XP can be iffy. 


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:40 AM

Don't use a third party program to download and install drivers. It's best to get them from the motherboard site if custom built or the OEM. What is the make and model of the computer or motherboard if custom built? Chipset drivers are the first to be installed.

 

For wiping the drive you can use the bootable version of Partition Wizard and do a disk wipe (quick zero fill).


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 06:33 AM

Hi, 

 

Thank you for your replies.

 

My problem is that the machine being a Spanish WinXP Pro.install, it's difficult to navigate to what I need to find.

 

I have tried the HP  site, ftp://ftp.download.packardbell.com/DESKTOP/iStart%20(2006-2007)/Driver%20XP/

 

The cpu listed is not the one installed in my machine, so it's very confusing.

 

I have tried the mobo maker, Gigabyte with no luck so far. 

 

Any help much appreciated.

 

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:09 AM

If you have another computer available, I would not worry about drivers. Xp should be able to handle most of the drivers from the install disk for you to boot XP.

 

Adding the other drivers would just be a matter of looking in Device Manager for any yellow exclamation marks. From those you would be able to get the correct driver needed.

 

What is the exact model number of the Packard Bell? You said HP site but listed the ftp site of Packard Bell.






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