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I Had a Dell Inspiron C510 given to me but the windows xp wasn't a legit version and when i was doing some updates it wouldn't update and it got rid of some of the windows files. Now i got a copy of a XP Disc but it won't install because its not on the proper disc so how do i install windows again?
post #2 of 17
you might need to take the hdd out of the dell and put in another pc as a slave drive,then format the drive.
then put back in the dell and format with XP.
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you might need to take the hdd out of the dell and put in another pc as a slave drive,then format the drive.
then put back in the dell and format with XP.
but if the disc is a downloaded version (not one of the cheap crap ones from china and ebay) can i still use it? because its not booting up right now with the disc inside
post #4 of 17
also in the dell bios make sure that usb keyboard is enabled(if you are using a usb kb)and it should boot of that disc as long as it is not corrupt.
one other thing make sure in the bios,the 1st boot cd-rom.
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doesent make sense to suddenly not boot with a disc in...does it not boot at all?
    
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even if im not using a USB Keyboard i can still leave it on right?
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even if im not using a USB Keyboard i can still leave it on right?
yeah,thats fine.
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post #8 of 17
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you might need to take the hdd out of the dell and put in another pc as a slave drive,then format the drive.
then put back in the dell and format with XP.
I belieave that the C510 is a laptop. I'm sure I got one of these lying around somewhere
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doesent make sense to suddenly not boot with a disc in...does it not boot at all?
maybe the disc isn't legit but i really have no idea
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Originally Posted by AlPh4Kil1 View Post
but if the disc is a downloaded version (not one of the cheap crap ones from china and ebay) can i still use it? because its not booting up right now with the disc inside
you need to make the disc bootable i believe
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