jbbouknight
1 Copper

Reloading Windows 7 to XP on a Vostro 230?

We had to have Dell replace the HD under warranty. We had the machine only 2 months. it came with both OS cds but only one 25 digit code on the machine which says "Windows 7" on it and nothing about XP. This is exactly the same as another machine we bought at the same time. We installed XP only and of course we are getting validation issues. Do we need to install Windows 7? do we have to uninstall XP first? How do we do what needs to be done? Even though it is under warranty and Dell had to replace the hard drive they can/will not help without extra $$ and I would prefer not to pay them for this, on principles if nothing else.

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Re: Reloading Windows 7 to XP on a Vostro 230?

jbbouknight,

Thank you for using the Dell Community Forum.

Since you have the Windows 7 disk go ahead and boot to it and install Win7. If you have Windows XP already installed and want to do an upgrade follow the steps below. You can download and install Win 7 drivers for your system below if you do not have the Win 7 drivers.

If you have a Windows 7 installation disc, insert the disc into your computer. Setup should start automatically. If it doesn't, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Computer, double-click your DVD drive to open the Windows 7 installation disc, and then double-click setup.exe. On the Install Windows page, click Install now. On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Upgrade to begin the upgrade

Vostro 230 Drivers Download Page

 

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jbbouknight
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Re: Reloading Windows 7 to XP on a Vostro 230?

Thanks Jesse but I think you miss understand. We purchased W7 downgraded to XP. It was all loaded when it arrived but must be reloaded do to the hard drive change out when it went bad. The machine came with both W7 & XP disks. The only OS key on this machine is for W7. We need it to be operating in XP but have no OS key for XP. BTW, we ordered another machine with the same OS setup and it only has the OS key on it for only  W7 also. This leads me to believe W7 must be installed for XP to operate but we have no knowledge as to how to load XP "on top of" W7. 

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Re: Reloading Windows 7 to XP on a Vostro 230?

What version of Windows 7 do you have?

Jeff

XPS 8100 i7-860(8MB Cache, 2.8GHz), 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz, 750GB SATA 3.0GB/s 16MB Cache, nVidia GeForce GTS2401GB GDDR3, Dell ST2310 Full HD Widescreen Monitor, AverMedia G2 Combo hybrid TV Tuner, dual 16x DVD+/- RW dbl layer, Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD, Running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit. 

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RoHe
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Re: Reloading Windows 7 to XP on a Vostro 230?

Dell's Windows XP Reinstallation CD normally doesn't ask for a product key. It just checks to see that it's being installed on a Dell PC and then installs itself without asking for a key.

Ron

 

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Dermot.Willard
1 Copper

Re: Reloading Windows 7 to XP on a Vostro 230?

jbbouknight,

Thank you for using the Dell Community Forum.

Since you have the Windows 7 disk go ahead and boot to it and install Win7. If you have Windows XP already installed and want to do an upgrade follow the steps below. You can download and install Win 7 drivers for your system below if you do not have the Win 7 drivers.

If you have a Windows 7 installation disc, insert the disc into your computer. Setup should start automatically. If it doesn't, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Computer, double-click your DVD drive to open the Windows 7 installation disc, and then double-click setup.exe. On the Install Windows page, click Install now. On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Upgrade to begin the upgrade

Vostro 230 Drivers Download Page

 


Now I got it, It's very valuable, Thanks for your effort!
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sagatr
1 Copper

Re: Reloading Windows 7 to XP on a Vostro 230?

If you need to install Windows 7 from scratch then i would recommend you follow this guide :

How to install Windows 7

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