change vista to xp help

  towzer 15:33 17 Dec 07

Hi all

You can not get drivers for dell d600 os vista, so i need to put xp on it.

I have borrowed an xp disc and teh laptop has an activation key.

please could some one guide me through how to put xp on system ? i have already found where i can get teh xp drivers from and just need to know how to put the os on.

Is it hard to do ? can i damage the laptop ?
Any help would be great

  Crash 15:36 17 Dec 07

Go into the bios and set the cd/dvd rom drive as the 1st boot device and them put the cd into the drive, exit the bios and save changes. Then when the PC boots again press any button when prompted to enter setup. See here click here

  Crash 15:37 17 Dec 07

or here click here this one has pictures!

  towzer 15:38 17 Dec 07

sorry mate for being so thick but where will i find the bios ?


  Crash 15:41 17 Dec 07

When you first start the pc when the dell logo comes on press f2 to enter setup/bios

  towzer 15:53 17 Dec 07

ok cheers

So i dont need to delete vista in anyway before installing x p ?

  Crash 15:56 17 Dec 07

No the XP setup will format the hard drive deleting vista for you. Just make sure that you have everything you need off the laptop before you install XP as all will be lost when you install it.

  towzer 16:02 17 Dec 07

if i have had xp professional installed previously will i be able to install xp home ?

As one of my mates is lending me a disc and i am ont sure what version it is, the laptop has a sticker with activation code on the back.

Wil lthe laptop acept both ?


  Crash 16:05 17 Dec 07

For the code on the laptop to work you need to install xp professional. You can install any version of windows as long as the laptop meets the minimum spec

  towzer 16:09 17 Dec 07

Sound that will do, i should be ok then.

Could i do any damage to the laptop if i *** the installation up ?

  tullie 16:12 17 Dec 07

Dont forget to download all your drivers before you start.Ive been down this road and found that it really wasent worth the trouble to be honest.

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