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booting xp from usb dell optiplex gx260

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Morena628, Feb 23, 2018.

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  1. Morena628

    Morena628 Thread Starter

    Feb 23, 2018
    Hi. So please bear with me as i am barely computer literate and i apologize in advance if this has bern asked and answered I have been stuck for 2 weeks now trying to reinstall windows xp. I have a dell optiplex gx 260. The ha rd drive is a Maxtor 2f040l0. I do not have the original dell setup disk but have created a bootable USB from a iso obtained from a friend who had an original copy of xp. I think I set up bios correctly because my PC boots to the USB just fine. All the files load properly but after it says its starting windows I get an error that says windows stops to prevent damage...if this is the first time seeing this restart the PC....it goes on to suggest running chckdsk/F...then gives the following error codes :
    0x0000007B ( 0xf741524, 0x0000034,0x0000000,0x0000000)
    Can someone please guide me on how to fix this? Once again I'm barely literate on all things PC so if you can be as basic as possible I would be eternally greatful. Thanks in advance for your time and expertise. I really want to get this thing going I plan to donate it to a local shelter here that helps Women and Children escaping domestic violence.. Thanks again for helping support this cause!
  2. metallica5456

    metallica5456 Trusted Advisor

    Apr 1, 2013
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    The issue you're having is that Windows XP MUST be booted from a disk. It cannot be successfully loaded from a USB, because it's not supported on XP. You will need to borrow/copy the actual XP disk and boot from the disk to accomplish your task.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    What's the exact "service tag" number and "express service code" number on that 14 - 15 years old Dell OptiPlex GX260 desktop?

    What's the exact Windows XP version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?
    Not wishing to offend you, but this is a job for someone who is computer-knowledgeable.

    You can get some idea of what you're up against by reading HERE.

    Last edited: Feb 23, 2018
  4. plodr


    Jun 27, 2014
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    Why does it point to drive F? The OS should be installing on drive C not F.
    Are you sure the hard drive is good?

    Giving someone a computer running XP isn't really a good idea. If you want the people to be able to surf safely, you should be installing linux. (I would not suggest Windows on a computer from 2002).
    Linux has come a long way with a nice GUI and if the browser is prominently placed on the desktop, it is a safe way to get on the internet.
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