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Install Windows® XP® in Dell® XPS M1330

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Guide to Install Windows XP in Dell XPS M1330

Dell XPS M1330 computer series is designed to provide maximum user satisfaction. Fast processors and the elegant design offer optimum productivity. The series comes installed with Microsoft Windows provides you with improved versions of its Operating System. Dell XPS 1330 comes with Windows Vista Premium, however, if you are more comfortable in the Windows XP platform and you can install this OS. You could make use of the installation CDs for installing Windows XP. Or you could install from the Microsoft website itself. To do this you would have to visit manufacturer’s website. From the site, you could download the setup files and save those. After performing the clean installation, restart the system and you could then effectively install the Windows XP Operating System in your computer.

You should bear the following points in mind while you install the Microsoft Windows XP in your Dell XPS M1330. The points are:

  • Minimum system requirements
  • Ensure compatibility
  • Uninstall the older version
  • Generate proper backup

Minimum system requirements

The system should have the minimum requirements that allow installing and proper functioning of the new OS. These requirements comprise different components of system like processor, memory, hard drive etc. The processor must have speed of at least 300 MHZ and 128 MB of free space. A free space 1.5 GB in hard drive is also required. It needs a CD or DVD to complete the clean installation. User could make use of Network Interface Adapter to provide Network Connectivity if you are installing from the website.

Ensure compatibility

While installing the Windows XP in your system, you want to thoroughly check for the compatibility of the system. You have to use compatible drivers to install the new OS. Proper care must be taken in installing the drivers. Your hard drive must have the capacity to handle the new OS. All drivers have to be saved in an external storage media before starting the installation process.

Uninstall the older version

You have to uninstall the older version of the Operating System completely from your computer to perform a clean installation. Otherwise it might result in system clash or other problems. So, make sure that the older version gets uninstalled properly.

Generate proper backup

In the installation process, it is common that your hard disk has to get formatted. So there is a great opportunity of losing the data which can be vital. It is difficult to recuperate this data for further use. So, it is necessary to create a backup of all system data while installing the Windows XP OS.


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