Installing Windows XP On Dell Inspiron Mini 10v

  Grantrh 13:32 22 May 2009

I am considering buying a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v
click here

with ubuntu linux installed on it.
I have been given Windows XP by my employer.
My question is if I attach a usb optical drive (as this netbook doesn't have an optical drive) or copy XP to a memory stick will I be able to install XP ok?
Thanks in advance for any help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:23 22 May 2009

"I have been given Windows XP by my employer."

Has your employer given you a full retail disk and license number?

  Grantrh 14:33 22 May 2009

yes thats correct - it has never been registered/activated.

  cream. 15:29 22 May 2009

get the xp drivers for it and you should be fine.
click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:23 22 May 2009

With only 8G solid state drive you may suffer from lack of storage space with XP.

  Grantrh 16:35 22 May 2009

Yes Thank you fruit bat - I had thought of that but my needs are small really and so I am looking for a cheap netbook.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:59 22 May 2009

click here have a read before you decide

Think battery life and what you want to do with it.

linux makes it faster why do you need XP?

  Grantrh 17:31 22 May 2009

thanks but thats a bit small but what I want to know is will it work?

  cream. 18:10 22 May 2009

asus EEE, with MS office.

I just use it on the go for internet access and the odd office program.

Slips into jacket pocket and works very well. I'm thinking of changing the memory card from 4Gb to 16Gb for around a tenner. :-)

  Grantrh 18:15 22 May 2009

Thanks cream - did you have any problems installing XP at all?

  cream. 18:25 22 May 2009


The installation disk, that contained Linux which came with the netbook, also included the XP drivers.

It was a simple boot from an external optical drive, load windows, pop in CD and load drivers.

All is fine.

PS I think the new 16Gb drive asus is around £169 with Linux installed. It was at comet a few weeks ago. PC world have them for £179 click here

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