Solved installation of windows 7 on a Dell 4600 desktop running XP

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April 1, 2014 at 11:01:25
Specs: Windows xp, 80.00gb
This computer I am talking about is a Dell 4600 running XP, in the tag it said an Acer but that is my other computer , since support is terminated on the 8th of this month I wanted to install windows 7. The problem I am having is when I put the disc in the drive, sometimes it is suppose to pop up on screen to load, however this machine does not. My problem is I opened my computer and clicked on the c drive to try and open this but nothing happens, it does not even show on the C drive that there is a disc in the drive waiting to be installed. Can any friends out there give me a hand installing windows 7, it would be very much appreciated, thank you..

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April 2, 2014 at 07:53:57
There's no windows 7 video driver for intel xtreme graphics 2 from Dell or Intel. The one that comes with win 7 will work just fine (no aero just win 7 basic or windows classic).

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#1
April 1, 2014 at 12:33:27
The 1st thing you need to do is make sure your system is capable of running Win7. Do you have at least 2GB RAM installed?

Enter the BIOS & check the boot order. Make sure the DVD drive is listed before the HDD. If it's not, change it & save. Once that's been done, simply boot off the Win7 disk & watch the screen for the "press any key" prompt. Press a key to start the installation, then follow the instructions.


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#2
April 1, 2014 at 15:12:03
By "boot off the disc" this means you start the computer while the disk is in the drive.

You can't do this from Windows - it won't let you.

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#3
April 2, 2014 at 01:50:09
Keep in mind that u need to tweak windows 7 so that it can run well on your aged system.

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#4
April 2, 2014 at 07:27:48
You also need to check that there are drivers avaialble, particularly graphics drivers. Being such an old system Dell don't do Windows 7 drivers for that machine and you may need to go directly to the manufacturer.

Stuart


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April 2, 2014 at 07:53:57
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There's no windows 7 video driver for intel xtreme graphics 2 from Dell or Intel. The one that comes with win 7 will work just fine (no aero just win 7 basic or windows classic).

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#6
April 16, 2014 at 10:54:36
Thank you for all of the help, I have since discovered that someone changed the boot setting in the bios screen. Now I have no idea what it was set at, does anyone have any suggestions. I tried to find a video or something via the internet but have not found anything as of yet. Any help would be appreciated, thank you!!

Also my cd drive is not even listed on my machine so I am unable to insert the xp cd, to even get started to an upgrade of windows 7. I click on my computer and its just not there.

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#7
April 16, 2014 at 13:49:59
There are two schools of thought (at least) re' boot order.

One is cd/dvd drive first, then hard drive.

The other is hard drive first, then cd/dvd.

This presumes no floppy drive installed.

If that is present then often it was floppy, then cd/dvd, then hard drive. Although many preferred floppy, then hard drive, then cd/dvd...

Personally i set my elderly Acer to cd/dvd first then hard drive; and my even older Dell Dimension as floppy, cd/dvd, then hard drive...

Have you checked to see if the cd drive is showing in the bios?


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#8
April 16, 2014 at 15:28:39
trvlr....I went in and started computer, checked the way the boot started, it is telling me that the Hard Disc Drive is not installed. Computer always started I always had to press F1 to continue the start up. I just do not understand any of this. When I was going to install windows 7 on it I put the disc in and it did not start to load so I clicked on the computer then c drive, it was all blank just like there was no cd installed in the computer.

Bios version Ao7
Sata primary drive 0 not found
Secondary 0 not found
Sec 0 not found
Sec drive 1 not found

ALERT OS install mode enabled. Amount of available memory limited to 256mb

Strike F! key to continue or F2 to run set up utility.

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#9
April 18, 2014 at 14:39:18
All sounds rather complicated. What is the answer to response #1 about the RAM?

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#10
April 22, 2014 at 10:01:30
I have 8gb or memory, plenty to run windows 7. I am stuck in the boot screen the bios, cannot get out of it at all I am really stuck

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#11
April 22, 2014 at 12:18:20
If someone messed with the BIOS you could reset it to default.

That's fine if there was previously no legitimate setting that was different to default.

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#12
April 22, 2014 at 17:18:25
Thank you for all of your help, I have it up and running right now, I took hard drive out and cleaned it and reinstalled it. Went into the set up and set it up properly, and I also changed the battery while I was in there. Thank you guys so much I could not have gotten this far with out all of your wonderful help..thank you!!!

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#13
April 22, 2014 at 18:13:26
You did well - thanks for popping back to let us know.

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