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Installed Older OS on newer Laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by imdoingme, Jan 9, 2011.

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  1. imdoingme

    imdoingme Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Studio 1555 I didnt remember the password so I tried to reinstall the OS, however I used the wrong disk. It belonged to an older computer. Now the laptop has two OS systems installed and it wont boot. It will load to the MS screen and will not go to the windows login screen. Is there anything I can do manually to remove the system? I dont have a back-up disk, or driver disk. I can get the command prompt from the older OS disk if that is helpful.
     
  2. etaf

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    do you have the correct disk - that should run and you can delete the partition and re-instal
     
  3. Old Rich

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    If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD

    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=181316

    If not, You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

    You can request a replacement instalation cd here:

    You can go to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

    Just download the driver file, save it to the desktop and double click to install
     
  4. imdoingme

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    I dont have the new Disk just the older one. If I go in the Dell Website will I be able to copy to a disk. I cant access anything but the CD boot.
     
  5. Old Rich

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    just the older what???

    You can request a replacement disc at the link I gave
     
  6. imdoingme

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    Thanks Rich!
     
  7. Old Rich

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    You are welcome . . let us know how it goes!
     
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