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  • Need to reinstall XP on a DELL Latitude D830 it came with XP. hard disk crashed. Need to install OS. I do not have the device driver CD for XP. It came with Vista CD and driver and utilities CD. But I like to install XP on it.
    Sunday, April 26, 2009 3:11 PM

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  • Hi, the Windows Vista Setup forum is for general Windows Vista OS only. Please do not post Windows XP installation question in this thread. Make sure to choose the appropriate Windows Vista forum Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) before submitting an inquiry in the future. To your device driver issue, you should directly contact Dell support to obtain those drivers. Thanks for your time and understanding!

    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Monday, May 4, 2009 3:20 AM
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:02 AM
  • It looks as though all drivers are available for XP on that system:  drivers download page.

    First, make sure that you have reocvery media for Vista - you may want to go back at some point in the future.  If you don't, burn your recovery discs using the Dell-provided disc-creation utility.
    Next, back up all of your data!!!!  This includes the full contents of your \Documents, \Music, etc folders, as well as any application-specific settings (email clients, etc.)  You will be wiping the hard drive.  Nothing will survive this.
    Download everything that's listed on that page, and burn it all to a CD.
    Insert XP disc, restart.  Enter BIOS (refer to your manual), and configure to boot from CD/DVD first.
    Boot from XP CD.  If Setup states that it cannot find a hard disc to install to, please post back.  If it does not state that, then continue to install XP:  format the partition that it sees (always in NTFS), and install XP to that now-blank partition. 
    Install drivers, update the OS, and install your applications.
    Restore your data (that you previously backed up.)

    HTH,
    Chris

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    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Monday, May 4, 2009 3:20 AM
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:24 AM

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  • Assuming that you have the NIC drivers for XP, go ahead and do the installation. After installing the XP, install some Antivirus software (http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html) with the latest definitions and connect to the internet to download the rest of the drivers.

    Regards
    Monday, April 27, 2009 8:52 AM
  • Hi, the Windows Vista Setup forum is for general Windows Vista OS only. Please do not post Windows XP installation question in this thread. Make sure to choose the appropriate Windows Vista forum Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) before submitting an inquiry in the future. To your device driver issue, you should directly contact Dell support to obtain those drivers. Thanks for your time and understanding!

    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Monday, May 4, 2009 3:20 AM
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:02 AM
  • It looks as though all drivers are available for XP on that system:  drivers download page.

    First, make sure that you have reocvery media for Vista - you may want to go back at some point in the future.  If you don't, burn your recovery discs using the Dell-provided disc-creation utility.
    Next, back up all of your data!!!!  This includes the full contents of your \Documents, \Music, etc folders, as well as any application-specific settings (email clients, etc.)  You will be wiping the hard drive.  Nothing will survive this.
    Download everything that's listed on that page, and burn it all to a CD.
    Insert XP disc, restart.  Enter BIOS (refer to your manual), and configure to boot from CD/DVD first.
    Boot from XP CD.  If Setup states that it cannot find a hard disc to install to, please post back.  If it does not state that, then continue to install XP:  format the partition that it sees (always in NTFS), and install XP to that now-blank partition. 
    Install drivers, update the OS, and install your applications.
    Restore your data (that you previously backed up.)

    HTH,
    Chris

    [If this post helps to resolve your issue, please click the "Mark as Answer" or "Helpful" button at the top of this message. By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster.]
    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Monday, May 4, 2009 3:20 AM
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:24 AM