How to Install Windows XP on a Dell Mini 9

Written by lucosi fuller
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The Dell Inspiron 910, more commonly known as the Mini 9, requires the most basic version of Windows XP because with its memory capacity of one gigabyte doesn't allow it to handle other versions of the operating system (i.e., XP Professional or XP Media Center Edition). Installing Windows XP is easy, as you simply do what the installation wizard instructs you to do, and if something goes wrong, which is possible, you can always start over until you get it right.

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Things you need

  • Windows XP installation disc
  • Removable media device

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    Save all the important files and documents from the present operating system to a removable media device, if possible. Be sure to save all your drivers so your peripheral devices will work when the new Windows XP is installed. Sometimes an operating system is so corrupted that this option is not available, which means that all the information on the hard drive is lost.

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    Insert the Windows XP Operating System installation disc into the optical drive and shut down the computer.

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    Start up the computer and press the "0" key when the Dell logo appears on your screen to enter the "Boot Sequence" screen. If you wait until the Windows logo appears, you'll have to restart the computer and try again.

  4. 4

    Select "CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive" from the "Boot Sequence" list, then press the "Enter" key. The "Boot Sequence" screen will close.

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    Press any key to start the Windows XP installation.

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    Follow the instructions provided by the Windows XP Operating System installation wizard to format the hard drive and install Windows XP on the Dell Mini.

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    Log in to Windows XP after the installation and transfer all your important files and documents from the removable media device. If you were unable to save the drivers from the old Windows XP, you'll have to reinstall all the peripheral devices on the computer using their software installation discs or downloads from their manufacturers' websites.

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    Perform a System Update to receive any recommended upgrades to Windows XP. This will make your computer more stable and secure. Once the updates are installed, the Dell Mini 9 will be ready for use.

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