Having trouble installing XP

Dell Dimension® 4400 series,pentium® 4...
June 7, 2011 at 17:20:12
Specs: XP Pro
I have a Dell Dimension 4400 and want install a new 500 gig EIDE hdd to replace a blown 40 gig

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#1
June 7, 2011 at 18:08:55
Nice upgrade. Where are you stuck at?

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#2
June 7, 2011 at 18:43:30
You may want to take a look at these threads first; looks like you may (or may not) need a BIOS update for that large of a drive:

http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...

http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...

http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...

Make sure the drive is IDE (PATA) and not SATA---otherwise you'll need some type of adapter to use SATA

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
June 8, 2011 at 06:29:48
Thank you for the links I will try that tonight.

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#4
June 8, 2011 at 11:59:51
What problem(s) are you having ?

Both the mboard's bios version and the Windows CD MUST support recognizing a hard drive or a hard drive partition larger than 137gb manufacturer' size (128 gb binary in the bios and in Windows) .

What size is shown in the bios Setup ?

The XP CD you use MUST have SP1 or later updates integrated into it in order for Windows to be able to recognize a hard drive or a hard drive partition larger than 137gb manufacturer' size (128 gb binary in the bios and in Windows).

Regular Microsoft XP CDs have SP2 or SP3 printed on them if they have those updates included. All the regular Microsoft XP CDs that have SP1 updates included that I've seen DO NOT have SP1 printed on the CD, but the volume labels - the labels you see for the CD in Windows - for CDs with SP1 updates included are different from those with no SP updates at all - you can search using that volume label to determine whether it has SP1 updates or not.

XP re-installation CDs that come with brand name computers usually have SP2 or SP3 printed on them if they have those updates and they may have SP1 printed on them if they include those.

If your XP CD has no SP updates at all, you can make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD (preferably a CD-R) that has had the SP3 updates integrated into the original contents of your CD, and use that to install Windows by booting from it, along with using the original Product Key.


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#5
June 8, 2011 at 12:06:57
The XP Pro disk boots and does the inspection of the system and brings up the T&C for Microsoft but when I click escape to go forward the windows says: to install XP press enter, when I do that it goes to reboot rather than to install.

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#6
June 8, 2011 at 13:14:21
Is the 500gb hard drive showing up in the bios as larger than 128gb ? (It will be shown as it's binary size, which is smaller than 500gb, if it's being detected correctly).

What XP Pro disk are you using ?

Does it have at least SP1 updates integrated into it ?

One that came with the same computer, or a different one ?

If it came with a different brand name system computer model, it will probably NOT run Setup - that's as intended. You're not supposed to be able to use an (OEM) XP CD that came with a brand name computer with anything except the same model, to install Windows from scratch, or to run a Repair installation of Windows.

If it's not one that came with the computer, is it an original disk or a copy of one ?

If it's a copy, it may not read properly in a drive it was not made in, more likely if it's not a CD-R.

A regular Microsoft OEM XP Pro CD, or a copy of one, will work to install Windows, along with the (OEM) Product Key that's on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the computer case.
A regular Microsoft OEM XP Pro CD has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on the CD and the Microsoft holograms.

The XP Pro version of the CD must be the same - 32 bit or 64 bit - as that of the Product Key on the official Microsoft label in order for the key to work with it. Most people are using the 32 bit version.


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