Dell 910 has Win XP home installed

February 27, 2011 at 13:53:52
Specs: Windows XP, 2BE and 1Gb
Dell 910 has Win XP home installed

I want to install Win XP pro,The install gets to starting windows then I get a Hard disc error.Two different mini 9s both wont let me install XP Pro.Both have XP Home as factory installs.
What would be on the Home discs that isnt on the Pro???

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February 27, 2011 at 16:09:35
What do you hope to gain by installing XP Pro?

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February 27, 2011 at 21:41:16
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

"Two different mini 9s both wont let me install XP Pro."

You CANNOT install Windows from an XP Re-installtion CD that came with a different brand name model, unless it's in the same tiny group of models made at the same time that use the same mboard and brand name bios version series.

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February 28, 2011 at 13:12:03
Thanks for the replies,The more I look into this problem the more people I see with Dell machines with XP Home factory installed.They are asking the same questions...They cant install XP Pro.I have used a factory 8GB SSD and a new supertalent 16GB SSD.I have used the factory XP Pro from a desktop? I now see that may not work with the laptop,BUT I have a new XP Pro just broke the seal and it will not install on either SSD.I have 2 Dell mini9s with 5 different SSDs and nothing I do will let me install XP Pro.
I have read of pre 2009 minis with no problems of installing Pro but the later minis all seem to not allow it! I'm confused!!

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February 28, 2011 at 13:46:56
I suspect you are describing your problem improperly.

If you are able to boot from the regular Microsoft CD fine, it loads the initial files fine, but it does not find your SSD, that's because the XP CD (of any version) has no built SATA drive controller drivers and it can't detect SATA drives by default.

The easiest way to get around that is....

Go into the bios Setup and find the setting for the SATA drive controller mode. I can't tell you what it is specifically, but whatever it is presently set to SATA or AHCI mode, it's changeable, and at least one other choice is an IDE compatible mode of some sort - e.g. IDE, ATA, Compatible, PATA, EIDE, etc. .

Set the bios to the IDE compatible mode, Save bios settings, then the XP CD WILL detect SATA drives when you boot from it, as IDE compatible drives.

After Setup has finished, after you have loaded the drivers for your specific model including the main chipset drivers and the SATA drive controller drives, then you can go back into the bios and set the SATA drive controller mode back to SATA or AHCI, whatever it was.

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February 28, 2011 at 14:01:37
Will that work seeing the mini is PATA and has no SATA.

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March 1, 2011 at 12:11:47
In ANY case, whatever type of SSD they are, the bios mboard's bios must detect them.

"nothing I do will let me install XP Pro."

What you mean when you say that IS NOT CLEAR !

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March 1, 2011 at 13:39:01
I attempted it again just to get the error I will post, I start the download of Win XP Pro, it starts loading to my system, It then goes to starting Windows,Theres a pause then a blue screen with.
stop c0000221 Unknown hard error \systemRoot\system32\ntdll.dll
Thats it it just stops.

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March 1, 2011 at 15:13:53
"...goes to starting Windows,Theres a pause then a blue screen with.
stop c0000221 Unknown hard error \systemRoot\system32\ntdll.dll
Thats it it just stops."

Did you delete the partition XP Home was on and install XP Pro from scratch by booting from the CD ?

Search the web using: STOP: C0000221


"STOP: C0000221 unknown hard error" or "STOP: C0000221 STATUS_IMAGE_CHECKSUM_MISMATCH" error message occurs

\systemRoot\system32\ntdll.dll may or may not be corrupt.

Sometimes Windows can't you specifically what's wrong and displays the location of file affected by the error instead

Try starting up Windows in Safe mode.
Press F8 repeatedly while booting, and choose Safe mode from the boot choices menu.
If you don't get the error in Safe mode,something else is probably corrupted that is loaded when you boot normally but is not loaded when you boot into Safe mode.

System Information lists ntdll as running in both normal and Safe mode

(Software environment - Loaded modules - fewer are listed in Safe mode)

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