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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

booting from the install disk.

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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

I am unable to run chkdsk /f. I get an error message back that the hard drive is locked.

WHAT SYSTEM IS THIS?

From where are you running chkdsk /f ? If you're running chkdsk from the C: prompt after booting from the XP Reinstallation CD and opening the Recovery Console, the correct command is: chkdsk c: /r

 Read this to create a bootable CD with Dell's hard drive tests on it.

Ron

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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

i tried to find the file that you suggested but i received this error:

There are no matching results in Drivers & Downloads for diagft32.exe..
We did find results for diagft32.exe. in other categories.
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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

Hi Levinll2,

We cannot help without knowing the model of your desktop.

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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

Hi Levinll2,

We cannot help without knowing the model of your desktop.

 Given the number of times I've asked for the PC model, I'm getting the feeling Levinll2 is trying to use a Dell XP Reinstallation CD to install the OS on a non-Dell system.

That won't work because the Dell CD is tied to Dell's BIOS and will only allow Windows to be installed on a Dell system.

Ron

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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

The computer in question is a Dell Dimension E520.

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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

When I boot my machine to the Windows XP Home Edition Reinstallation CD, I don't get a choice to do anything other than install the software(which generates an error).


How does open the recovery console after booting from this CD?

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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

When I boot my machine to the Windows XP Home Edition Reinstallation CD, I don't get a choice to do anything other than install the software(which generates an error).

How does open the recovery console after booting from this CD?

 
 
levinll2
 
Please post the computer model you trying to install XP on.
 
Bev.
 

 


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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP


How does open the recovery console after booting from this CD?

Read me

Ron

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RE: Trying to re-install Windows XP

The Dimension E520's earliest BIOS came out in 2006 while XP Service Pack 2 was released in 2004. It should not be old enough to be supplied with a Windows XP with only Service Pack 1 CD.

Moreover XP reaches End of Life in April and should not be reinstalled.

This machine has the capabilities of running Windows 7. For more details on upgrading this system to Windows 7 or 8.1 see here:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/driver-sets/dimension-desktops/

Note if you must stay with XP you should know the risks in running an unsupported OS. Also you will need to bring your XP Reinstallation CD up to Service Pack 3 level and include the SATA drivers.

My legacy XP Reinstallation Guide Step 6:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/

Will instruct you how to do this.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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