Windows 8 on Dell Dimension 5100


  • I own a rather old computer, a Dell Dimension 5100. I have received Windows 8 Pro from the MSN Academic Alliance web-site. I ripped the iso to a disc and tried to install. When I boot from disc, (currently have Windows 7) I get the error:

    Your PC needs to restart
    Error code: 0x0000005D

    I did some research and the best I found was that my computer doesn't have NX, PAE. I tried to enter BIOS but saw no options for this. Since I don't know what to do now, does anybody know if my computer CAN support Windows 8 but I need to upgrade my BIOS?

    Thank you much for your help.


    Friday, August 31, 2012 12:54 PM


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  • Visit the following website and install the latest version of BIOS:

    Note that this BIOS is specific for Dimension 5100, if you have different model you should search in Dell website.

    After you install the BIOS look and see if you see if you have memory protection in BIOS, take a look at:

    For CPU not compatible .

    If there wasn't such setting , then contact Dell support and report this issue.

    Saturday, September 01, 2012 9:35 AM
  • If you cannot support NX then NO, your computer will not support windows 8.  I have the same problem with one of my dimensions.  Microsoft needs to change the requirements to include NX and drop the "Windows 8 will run great on the hardware that powers windows 7".
    Saturday, September 01, 2012 2:30 PM
  • Thank you for your fast and helpful response.

    It's safe to say that the Dell Dimension 5100 with P4 CPU does NOT support Windows 8.

    Sunday, September 02, 2012 1:31 AM
  • You should confirm it with Dell, since they are manufacturer , they could confirm whether a model will work on Windows 8 or not. In some cases, you might not have these setting in BIOS but after upgrade you could see interface to enable them (if hardware is compatible).

    I suggest post this issue in Dell website or contact their support to confirm compatibility with Windows 8.

    Sunday, September 02, 2012 9:47 AM
  • I can say that it is most likely impossible.  You could try the intel processor ID utility and see if NX is supported, but i would say not.
    Sunday, September 02, 2012 11:54 AM
  • I have Windows 8 installed on my 5100 - here are my specs, notice the bios version

    ServiceTag HWGJH91
    Family Name Dell
    Family Model DM051
    Windows Version Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
    Version A02
    Vendor Dell Inc.
    Date 2005-10-13
    Model Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
    Speed 3 Ghz
    Cache Size 2048 Kb
    Hard Drive
    Drive Size Free Space Utilized
    C: 37.28 Gb
    6.33 Gb
    83 %
    E: 198.36 Gb 196.87 Gb
    1 %
    F: 267.27 Gb 263.61 Gb
    1 %
    CD/Optical Drives
    Drive Type
    Sound Card
    Model SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC (for 64-bit Windows)
    Card Slots
    Slot ID Designation Usage
    System Slot 0 PEG Available
    System Slot 1 SLOT2 Available
    System Slot 2 SLOT3 Available
    System Slot 3 SLOT4 Available
    SCSI Controlers
    Microsoft Storage Spaces Controller
    Network Adapters
    Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
    USB Controlers
    Name Version
    Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27CB USB
    Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27C9 USB
    Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27CA USB
    Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 27CC USB2
    Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27C8 USB
    Video Adapters
    Model Memory
    Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family 256 Mb
    Total 2048 Mb
    42 %
    Slot Size Speed Type
    Slot 1 2048 Mb 533 Mhz DDR
    Slot 2 Empty
    Slot 3 Empty
    Slot 4
    Available Slots 3

    • Edited by WebDezinz Saturday, February 02, 2013 10:01 PM added more info
    • Proposed as answer by WebDezinz Sunday, December 22, 2013 8:40 PM
    Saturday, February 02, 2013 9:58 PM
  • it will work from USB even windows 10 works

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:29 PM