How to Reinstall Windows XP on a Dell Mini 10

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How to Reinstall Windows XP on a Dell Mini 10
Reinstall the Windows XP operating system on your Dell Inspiron Mini 10 with the recovery CD. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 comes with Windows XP already installed. However, if your system encounters a virus or becomes corrupt, you may have to reinstall the operating system. To do this, you will need the Windows XP replacement CD that came with your PC.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Back up all of your important files onto a flash drive, CD or memory card. Reinstalling the operating system will destroy all the data currently on the hard drive, so if there's anything you want to keep, now is the time to back it up.

  2. 2

    Insert the Windows XP replacement CD into the CD/DVD drive. Restart your computer and wait for the Microsoft Windows XP License Agreement window to pop up. Select the option to install Windows XP.

  3. 3

    Follow the on-screen prompts and select the option "Upgrade" in the "Installation Type" field. Read and accept the license agreement.

  4. 4

    Enter the product key that accompanied the replacement disc into the "Product Key" field and click "Next."

  5. 5

    Select the option to reformat your hard drive and remove all partitions. This provides a clean installation of the operating system and is the best option for most users.

  6. 6

    Follow the remaining prompts to complete the installation process. This process may take an hour or more.

  7. 7

    Launch your Internet browser once the installation is complete and your computer has rebooted. Visit the Microsoft update website and download the necessary updates for Windows XP. This is crucial, because the software on your installation disc will not have been updated since it you received it.

  8. 8

    Update your Dell Inspiron Mini 10 through the Dell Solution Center. Press the "Start" button in the "Taskbar," then "All Programs." Select "Dell Solution Center" and wait for the webpage to load. Navigate to the "Update" section and download any new drivers for your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • If you backed up any data as suggested in Step 1, such as documents or applications, you should scan the back up drive for viruses before copying the data back to your newly rejuvenated computer. If your initial problem was caused by a virus or some other malware, it may be resident in those files, so you need to make sure they are clean before reusing them.

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