Windows XP Install

August 17, 2010 at 16:39:17
Specs: PC BIOS
I have a Dell XPS T450 which I installed MS-DOS 6.0. I decided to install XP again. But instead of going to BIOS and setting bootable disks as he first thing to boot from, I tried thee disc, but, naturally, as DOS cant read cds, though BIOS can, it didnt work. So I wiped the local disk (c) (stupid me) so that when the computer booted, it would skip the hard drive since it's empty, and go to bootable disks immediately. Well it worked, except it said "Non-system-bootable disk or disk error" . I, by now, lost the DOS floppy disk.

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August 17, 2010 at 18:57:14
Someone just gave me an XPS T450 recently so I'm somewhat familiar. The system can handle up to 768MB of PC100 (3 x 256MB)...if you don't have at least 512MB RAM, I don't recommend installing XP. I tried it with 384MB & was very disappointed with the performance. I ended up wiping the HDD & going with a lightweight Linux distro. It runs reasonably well, not great, but much better than XP.

Anyhow, if you insist on installing XP, change your boot order to floppy, CD-ROM, HDD. Boot off the XP CD, wipe out the current partitions, then create one or more new ones. Format as NTFS (I suggest "full" rather than "quick"), then continue with the installation.

You do NOT need DOS, you do NOT need boot floppies. Everything is done with the XP CD, but you MUST have the boot order correct.

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March 13, 2011 at 11:18:09
That would theoretically work, but I did set the BIOS to the right order before I put in the CD

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