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Resetting Windows XP

By learninmypc ยท 12 replies
Mar 14, 2019
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  1. A friend gave me a Dell XP Latitude D620 lsptop & I've been trying for 4 hours to reset it to factory settings .
    Upon (re)booting it up, it shows F8 & F12 , one for boot options & the other for settings & more.
    It does not matter which way I set it, it will not boot from the XP Home CD I put in the CD/DVD drive.
    I know the drive works because I put a CD in it & it started to play. Its got a GIGANTIC 74.4 GB harddrive & a whopping 2.00 gb ram :)
    I will continue messing with it tomorrow, but not expecting much unless I can get it reset to factory
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

    The above post is from pressing & holding the F12 key whic does nothing.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

    Pressing F2 brings up a Blue Screen white lettering starting with System & scrolling down to Boot Sequence, it gives the
    1. Diskette Drive
    2. Internal drive
    3. USB Storage
    4. . CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive Pressing enter, I can scroll to said drive, press space bar to enable it, Press Enter when done modifying this field.
    After all this, I found out my XP CD is not the correct version :( so is there another way to reset it to factory settings?
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

    @Cycloid Torus if I right click on the c drive & click format, will it reinstall the OS?
    There is basically nothing on this laptop, I put a movie CD in & CyberLink POWER DVD pops up, mouse curser turns into an hour glass & spins & spins ,etc,etc.
     
  6. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,931   +1,161

    You clicked on a very old rock.

    F12 (or was it F2) should get you to settings which you can adjust and SAVE. Once saved, you should be able to restart, press F12 (?F2) and see your changes are still in place. If they are not saved I would be suspicious about the BIOS being viable. You might want to revisit Dell and its archive of manuals (it would be nice to find one for this 2005 beastie). One possible idea would be to replace coin battery.

    If you can't redirect system to boot from DVD, it is because it forgot where it was supposed to boot and has reverted to standard boot sequence (I.e., bad battery?, bad BIOS?) OR it cannot boot (bad DVD player or bad DVD).

    Might try burning a bootable DVD - like Ubuntu (https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop), etc... just to see if it might be just a bad XP DVD. Others might even try to turn it into a 'Chromebook' clone. ( https://www.neverware.com/freedownload/ )
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

    Ok, the previous owner told me they used it just for movies (DVD) & such but yeah, its ancient & a laptop so I might not be able to replace coin battery. Will tinker with it for a bit more, I only want it for movies, thank you :)
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

    Since its a laptop, no changing coin battery. If I right click C Drive & click format, will it kill the laptop? As is, I don't see how they watched movies, oh well.
     
  9. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,931   +1,161

    "If I right click C Drive & click format, will it kill the laptop?" IF you cannot boot from another device, I would think that it might 'kill' the system. Try other things first. Amazon carries a coin battery for this model for $7. Dell probably still has manual on line.
     
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,931   +1,161

    Pita, yes...... possibility of booting from DVD or flash drive, yes too.
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

    I'll go thru some of the google links in hopes of finding it, trying to think positive lol
     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,733   +572

    @Cycloid Torus , most of those links were " not found", but oddly enough, making windows media player the default player, it works thanks for your input, no resetting anything
     
    Cycloid Torus likes this.

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