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Dell Inspiron 4100 Won't Boot Windows 7 Disc

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September 3, 2012 5:57:59 PM

First off, I already went into the Bios and changed the boot priority to CD/DVD, but it's not wanting to boot my Windows 7 disc... Am I able to boot it from a USB?, cause I have tried ISO booting from USB's before, but I never had any luck, so I just use my disc...
September 3, 2012 6:43:29 PM

Is it giving you an error message or is it just ignoring the cd entirely? USB booting always works for me, it doesn't work on some older laptops but the newer ones it works fine. Did you burn the disc yourself or is it an official windows disc?
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September 3, 2012 6:55:13 PM

bshk said:
Is it giving you an error message or is it just ignoring the cd entirely? USB booting always works for me, it doesn't work on some older laptops but the newer ones it works fine. Did you burn the disc yourself or is it an official windows disc?


It totally ignores the CD boot process, and it's an Official Windows 7 OEM dics..
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September 3, 2012 7:04:28 PM

This old of a system doesn't support booting from usb. Are you sure you have a dvd-rom drive? Most inspiron 4100's only shipped with a cd-rom maybe a cd-rw drive, as dvd drive were an expensive upgrade when the system was released 11 years ago. Also unless the system was completely maxed with ram and the fastest PIIIm cpu that was available at the time it doesn't meet the minimum specs for windows 7 or just barely meets them which most likely its going to run like crap.
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September 3, 2012 7:08:47 PM

"Official Windows 7 OEM dics" here's a bit of bad news it being OEM means you cant run it on this system legally. This system was either shipped with am OEM copy of windows 2000 or windows ME. In order to upgrade from these OEM versions to 7 you'd need a full retail copy of & or a retail upgrade. Installing an OEM copy of 7 on a pre-built machine is a violation of the EULA.
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September 3, 2012 7:15:02 PM

bignastyid said:
"Official Windows 7 OEM dics" here's a bit of bad news it being OEM means you cant run it on this system legally. This system was either shipped with am OEM copy of windows 2000 or windows ME. In order to upgrade from these OEM versions to 7 you'd need a full retail copy of & or a retail upgrade. Installing an OEM copy of 7 on a pre-built machine is a violation of the EULA.



Or you can just acquire a windows 7 iso and burn your own disc, then format and install windows 7 on the laptop.
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September 3, 2012 7:15:33 PM

bignastyid said:
"Official Windows 7 OEM dics" here's a bit of bad news it being OEM means you cant run it on this system legally. This system was either shipped with am OEM copy of windows 2000 or windows ME. In order to upgrade from these OEM versions to 7 you'd need a full retail copy of & or a retail upgrade. Installing an OEM copy of 7 on a pre-built machine is a violation of the EULA.


Oh okay... I have an XP serial, I'll just use that.. And yes it has a CD/DVD/CD-RW, but it won't boot for some reason, even when F12'ing.. If worse comes to worse, I could just use an External CD/DVD drive, that is USB, to re-install XP...

This laptop was free from my friend, cause I needed something that could at least run Traktor Pro, or some Mixing program, cause I am playing a live set here soon, and I don't want to bring my workstation PC :3

Thanks again,

- SMOR3S - Kevin -
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September 3, 2012 7:39:02 PM

11 year old hardware, with a max of 1GB of RAM (if you can even find it today). Windows 7 wouldn't run so much as limp like a lame horse. Hard drives of that era were quite tiny compared to today. I doubt there'd be much space left after an installation (takes ~20GB).

My advice is to leave 2000 or Me on it and just use it as is.
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September 3, 2012 7:43:55 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
11 year old hardware, with a max of 1GB of RAM (if you can even find it today). Windows 7 wouldn't run so much as limp like a lame horse. Hard drives of that era were quite tiny compared to today. I doubt there'd be much space left after an installation (takes ~20GB).

My advice is to leave 2000 or Me on it and just use it as is.


Ya, it has XP already on it, but the Windows start bar doesn't show, and when I open the default IE (-_-) it spams like 60 windows lol.. I think it has a virus..
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September 3, 2012 7:50:46 PM

Ya it's running pretty slow.. -_- lol..
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a b $ Windows 7
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September 3, 2012 8:11:24 PM

Another option is, if its just a virus grab your xp cd and do a clean reinstall, that option only costs an hour or two of your time.
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September 3, 2012 8:17:09 PM

bignastyid said:
Another option is, if its just a virus grab your xp cd and do a clean reinstall, that option only costs an hour or two of your time.


Ya, I am not even going to bother with it.. + I would only have like $100 to spend on a laptop...
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September 3, 2012 8:28:48 PM

Also found a Toshiba A215 for $90
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a b $ Windows 7
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September 3, 2012 8:38:48 PM

Being a used acer with missing keys I personally would pay over $50 and I'd keep my data backed up Acers have a short lifespan(in my experience). If you check Ebay you can get a Dell Latitude D630 for ~$100(read the listings well as some come missing important parts), The D630 is a solid well built system that should last a long time.
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a b $ Windows 7
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September 3, 2012 8:40:43 PM

That Toshiba's not bad but Vista sucks I'd remove it and go with xp or 7.
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September 3, 2012 8:43:48 PM

bignastyid said:
That Toshiba's not bad but Vista sucks I'd remove it and go with xp or 7.


I just read that it needs a power inverter -_- gah!
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a b $ Windows 7
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September 3, 2012 9:30:16 PM

Not that much better than the toshiba spec wise, plus its already had 1 motherboard replaced, and the keyboard was damaged during the install. Not worth $200 imho
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September 3, 2012 10:14:42 PM

I am actually buying a harddrive from my friend, and I am going to use my other PC as a live set machine..

Thanks for all the feedback, but I think I have made a decision.. /)
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