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Need Some Help Reinstalling Windows Xp


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#1 littlemissclueless

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:35 PM

I have been trying to reinstall Windows XP Pro because I only have like 5 MB left on the computer and I know it will crash if it isn't fixed. I went to the DOS screen and tried to reinstall XP, but I keep getting an error message that says CANNOT LOCK THE DRIVE. THE VOLUME IS STILL IN USE. Can anyone tell me how to get past this? I have even gone to the BIOS screen and tried to set it to where my cd rom drive is the first thing that comes up when my computer boots, but when I push the enter button, nothing happens. I have already saved all my important things to cd, so I'm ready to reload. Thanks!

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:57 PM

Do you hope to reinstall XP and save the information you have on your computer? I'm surprised it is even running with only that amont left. Your best bet would be to get another hard drive, internal or external, and move some files off the drive and give it some breathing room. I'd like to find out what you hope to achieve before I tell you how to reinstall
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 08:32 PM

I just wanted to clean the system out and start from scratch since there's no room on it. I have an external hard drive that's plugged into it, and its new. Tell me, is there any way to make my external hard drive the primary drive? It has TONS of room on it.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 08:41 PM

On the USB hard drive, I'm not sure. I've never used one. Just curious, how big is your hard drive? What kind of computer is this? Do you have an XP CD or a recovery CD? Do you also have the XP CD key?
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 08:50 PM

The computer is a Dell, and the external hard drive is 80 GB. So far, the external hard drive has worked very well for installing large files.

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 07:09 AM

With most Dells, pressing F12 early on in the boot process will let you select to boot from the CD drive. Make sure that you're using the Operating System disk that came with your Dell and it "should" work without any problems.
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