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install windows 2003 on dell n5010

By muthukrishnan.a ·
I cant able to install windows 2003 on Dell N5010. I can able to boot from CD,but its stops keep saying Starting Windows while installation. I have even changed to SATA mode in setup to ATA from AHCI,but no luck.
Please provide assistance. Thanks

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Windows is doing hardware detection at that point

by robo_dev In reply to install windows 2003 on d ...

This behavior can occur if Windows does not recognize or cannot configure the hardware in your computer.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/217073

On a Dell PC, the first thing to do is to make sure your BIOS is the most recent version.

You should disable any devices that are not required for setup, as something like the SD card reader could cause windows setup to fail.

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Also depending on what came installed on the Dell

by OH Smeg In reply to install windows 2003 on d ...

You may need to wipe the HDD first before proceeding with the Install. For this you can use either Boot & Nuke from DBam or Kill Disc.

http://www.dban.org/download

http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Boot & Nuke does a better job but with SATA Drives it may be easier for you to use Kill Disc.

However as already mentioned if Windows can not identify the hardware which with Dell's isn't uncommon you need to Slipstream a Install Disc with the Dell Drivers. Most notable the SATA or Chip Set Drivers and to do this you need nLite available free here

http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

Just don't forget to read the instructions available on the Web Site here

http://www.nliteos.com/guides.html

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Excellent point....most Dell laptops have four partitions on the HDD

by robo_dev In reply to Also depending on what ca ...

one diags, one recovery, one normal NTFS, and one media-player partition. That's enough to confuse most OS installers....

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