reformatting a 2005 XP pro Dell pc

By gbhall
Oct 10, 2007
  1. We have a Dell Dimension 2400 of Feb 2005 which was originally supplied at XP pro SP1 level by Dell, and was updated by an external consultancy to SP2. They also added a whole pile of special software, some clearly not compatible.

    The upshot is it has never worked properly, and even after my best efforts it still behaves oddly at times. I have lost patience with it and am replacing it with a new PC.

    My question is what to do with the old PC? Clearly I want to reformat and reinstall XP pro, but I am reluctant to do a reinstall from the built-in DELL hidden partition as that is SP1. How can I install from a more up-to-date copy of XP pro? I have neither an XP pro CD nor a more recent Dimension 2400 to start from, and I also recognise that Dell copies of XP are tied in some way to the hardware.

    Any suggestions please?
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    You can update to SP2 fairly easily,especially on a new install (which

    is what the the hidden partition will be).

    It can be found HERE See the SP2 Problem Solver for any possible issues.
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,431   +77

    I agree Po'Girl that an SP2 upgrade after re-installing from the Dell partition might be the only realistic option, but is there any way of slip-streaming all the post-SP2 security patches as well ? It is unbearable to have to process the 60 or 70 patches since SP2 as well.....
  4. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    A slipstream install requires two things -

    Install files.


    You have neither or these things. :)

    As long as you have a broadband connection (2Mb +),

    the process should not be too painful.Have a "cup `o` tea".
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