Installing XP on a new hard drive on a machine with no current hard drive

By then4trix ·
I was given an old PC from a close friend of mine that he no longer needed, but he took the hard drive for safety reasons.

My question is this. I purchased a new hard drive and have an XP reinstall disc from my current Dell PC, and want to know how to get the XP installed on the current hard drive. The computer is a Dell, and about a 1 ghz with a gig of ram. This computer is for my daughters (age 7, 5) and its basically for them to get to know computers and not screw up mine.

Can anyone tell me the simplest way to get this done? Or if you need any more information, I would be happy to give it to you. Thanks in advance.

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Buy a Recovery Disc for this from Dell

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Installing XP on a new ha ...

The problem with Dell or any others makers recovery disc's is that they only cover the Hardware that they are made for and are not a full version of Windows.

Dell make Slipstreamed Install Disc's that only have the Drivers required by the Hardware that they are supplied with and any included Software. So if you friend no longer has the Recovery Disc you will need to buy one from Dell.

Or if you have a M$ XP Disc you can load off that but you'll most likely need to download some drivers to suit the computer. These should be available on Dell Download site.


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