How to install XP? CD drive is not working i.e it is not reading the disc. When I boot from CD nothing happens & the system starts normal i.e I press F12 & highlight CD/DVD & enter & then on the black screen I dont get anything like press any key to boot from CD & after sometime the system starts normally.
I want to format & install. The system is working. Inside from the system too no disc is working. Any way to format & install? Easy way? Coz I googled for install from USB but I find everything so complicated & hard for me to understand & apply all the procedures.
I want to format the harddisk & install the default XP (nothing extra or no modification).
I checked the 2 softwares you have mentioned. I guess with WinToFlash I can do the default XP install, right? But with LiveXP one cannot do default XP install, one has to choose the already prepared project, m I right?
As it’s a laptop, the drive is probably a sealed unit, so you should be able to release it via some sort of clip on the underside of the case and then reinsert the drive. If you’re unsure just download the manual from Dell.
Before doing that, if you haven’t already, make sure the drive appears in Device manager and make sure any Dell drivers necessary have been installed, assuming you have Windows on the laptop, or is this the Linux box?
WintoFlash is probably going to be easier for you, as it’s mostly point and click. LiveXP is very powerful but is a little harder to get to grips with.
If Windows is seeing the drive it may just need cleaning, there again, it may mean the laser is broken. Usually Dell supply a diagnostics CD/DVD which has tests for the optical disks. If you don’t have it I’m sure you can download it again.
To remove/replace the drive, usually there’s either a release catch on the side of the case, or, as on one we have, you have to unscrew the cover over the memory to access the release. It’s in the manual.
Today I tried WinToFlash with Advanced Mode. I didn’t changed anything in advanced mode & kept all the default selections. I only changed Setup Parameters to User Defined & selected only 1 option i.e accept the eula. The procedure went fine.
When I tried to install XP, it mentions Drive D is corrupted & cannot be repaired. Setup cannot continue. Press F3 to exit.