How to remove Vista and reload NT

Microsoft Windows vista home premium sp1...
March 31, 2010 at 05:53:56
Specs: Windows Vista
Laptop needs to return to NT. One of our own geeks (son, corp CIO) who is very sure of himself, whether right or wrong, told me to run the original NT disc..... won't run ("This ....older version of Windows and the disc will be disabled.") Suggestions? (7 yr old Dell lat d-800 with all the 7 yr old whistles and bells)
The laptop is going to a granddaughter and Vista only slowed it down. Have cleaned everything but the OS. (MS only wants to fix Vista...I want to go back to 2K Pro.)

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March 31, 2010 at 06:20:32
You need to wipe (format) the hard drive first, then install NT/Win2K. You should be able to do this by setting the laptop to boot from CD in the BIOS settings.

Why NT/Win2K though? It's 2010........

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March 31, 2010 at 10:43:57
Sounds to me like he gave a valid reason for getting Vista off a "7 yr old Dell lat d-800...".

It's an old Dell not suitable to run Vista; 2000 or XP would be appropriate though.

You can use DBAN to wipe the hdd and then install 2000Pro...

How to use DBAN here...

Can I assume you have the reinstall/recovery disk that came with your Dell? If not, go to Dell Support site and the "Service Tag Number" on the laptop will lead you to the drivers you need to get everything working again.

Post back if you need more help.


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April 4, 2010 at 12:14:50
FWIW, NT wasn't very "laptop-friendly" during its' heyday. I'd take Skip's advice and see if 2K or XP could be installed (it may also help by "nLite-ing" it).

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