Solved Dell 4550 mesed up installing Vista Business on it

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November 9, 2015 at 06:31:38
Specs: windows xp, 1gig
any how tried to run vista business on this computer with one gig of ram .It wouldn't ran like crap.tried to put windows Xp home back in it don't have dell install disk.then i thought i had windows Xp pro installed but when it booted back it still had home it couldn't find they ethernet drivers to connect to internet,would like to put Xp pro on it but having trouble downloading drivers from dells website.So i'm stuck do i need a dell boot disk could i just download it from there website with all the drivers
Also it wont completely format the hard drive on partition with 39 mb won't let me delete it.
Davidw

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November 10, 2015 at 19:32:12
Also note that while XP will run reasonably on 1GB RAM, it does run considerably better on 2GB RAM so if you have that option on your system, seriously consider upgrading it if you plan on keeping it much longer.

A clean install with JUST the Dell drivers (newest version) will be peppier feeling than one with all of their preinstalled software that will be on their disk. Obviously I agree with riider on this.

Do not spend too much time or money on this machine because it is really outdated. If you plan on doing much more than email, shopping, light office work at home, etc. you should look towards a much newer machine if funds will be available in the near future.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
November 9, 2015 at 10:30:25
You can't download a Dell boot disc, only drivers.

Try running Factory Recovery at boot time if the recovery partition on the hard drive is still intact. It will reinstall the original operating system.

See Step 3 here: http://www.dell.com/support/article...


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#2
November 9, 2015 at 13:18:17
Delete the partition(s), create one or more new partitions, THEN format. It can all be done by booting off the XP disc. As for the Dell drivers, I don't understand why you can't download them. Do you know what you have to do? For example, there are 11 different network drivers available. You asked about ethernet so you can ignore the wireless drivers for now, but you need to know whether your computer has an Intel or Broadcom network chip. Once you determine that, download the newest one available. It will be named something like R56789.exe. After you download it, double click on it & the drivers will unpack into a folder on the C-drive; usually something like C:\Dell > Driver > R5679. They may or may not auto install. If they don't, just go to the R56789 folder, open it, & double click on setup.exe.

Broadcom driver: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us...

Intel driver: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us...

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#3
November 9, 2015 at 14:17:29
No recovery partition in tack trying to download this driver and put on disc.I have the intel ethernet.

Davidw


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#4
November 10, 2015 at 05:39:07
I have internet now downloaded intel drivers for internet but going to borrow a dell disk for my computer and that way it should be easier to finish.Then all the have to do is updates. This will be a lot easier cause dell disk will have everything all in one place.

Davidw

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#5
November 10, 2015 at 15:32:13
"This will be a lot easier cause dell disk will have everything all in one place"

Sure, if you don't mind installing outdated drivers. Whatever you do, don't pay for them. Drivers are available for free. I don't understand why you won't spend 15-30 minutes to download what you need & then keep backup copies?

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us...


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November 10, 2015 at 19:32:12
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Also note that while XP will run reasonably on 1GB RAM, it does run considerably better on 2GB RAM so if you have that option on your system, seriously consider upgrading it if you plan on keeping it much longer.

A clean install with JUST the Dell drivers (newest version) will be peppier feeling than one with all of their preinstalled software that will be on their disk. Obviously I agree with riider on this.

Do not spend too much time or money on this machine because it is really outdated. If you plan on doing much more than email, shopping, light office work at home, etc. you should look towards a much newer machine if funds will be available in the near future.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
November 11, 2015 at 06:22:07
I have 2 1gb sticks that will work from another XP pro computer i was using before this one which i plan to install if i can get this running ok. Also i have my main computer which has windows 7 on it just another something to mess around with i also have a windows vista laptop with 2 gig of ram.
I haveit all working now from downloading drivers from dell also made a disk with all the latest drivers,also all i have to do now is put my 2 gig of ram from other computer to speed it up a little.thanks to all who helped me.
Davidw

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