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Can't reinstall windows vista home premium

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by kingo174, Feb 10, 2016.

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  1. kingo174

    kingo174 Thread Starter

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    I was recently given a Dell Inspiron 1720,it had a bad hard drive,so I bought another one and had it installed,the laptop bios recognizes the new hard drive,so I try to reinstall windows vista home premium,but when I try to boot from the dvd drive,it will not boot,but instead it says no bootable devices,so how can I fix this problem and reinstall windows vista home premium on this new hard drive.
     
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    Make the optical drive first in the list of bootable devices to make sure it is accessed. Try booting the installation DVD on another computer to make sure it is good.
     
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    Thanks I will try it,but won't that wipe the operating system off the other computer?
     
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    I only said to try to boot the DVD. :) After booting there is a pause until you tell it what to do next--repair, partition, format, install, ... . At that point you just eject the DVD and reboot (from the hard drive) to get back to the normal OS.
     
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    I tried what you said,but it did not work.
     
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    If "it did not work" means that the DVD failed to boot on two different computers then it is probably defective.
     
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    What's the "service tag" number and/or "express service code" number on that Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop?
    What exactly are you using to try to install Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit in it?

    If that's a legitimate bootable DVD and you have the disc drive set first in the boot order in the BIOS, a
    Press any key to boot from CD or DVD
    command should appear when you boot from that disc.
    The command will disappear in 4 - 5 seconds, so you need to press any key before it does.
    It's then a matter of formatting the hard drive and doing a clean install.

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