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spencer spencer is offline
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Default I hate ubuntu and need XP, help! - 07-16-2009, 02:25 AM

I got the Dell mini 9 free when I purchased a dell studio desktop in December and didn't realize how attached to windows I am. Anyways, before everyone says search and whatnot, I have not found simple and clear instructions on how to get rid of ubuntu dell remix or whatever it is that my mini 9 came with, and install XP.

I currently have:
Inspiron 910 Intel Atom processor N270, 1.6GHz, 533Mhz512K L2 Cache
Mini OS powered by Ubuntu 8.04.1
8GB Solid State Drive (mini-card Module/PATA)

Plus a copy of XP on CD ROM

I also have a thumb drive(s) around 8GB

How can I install XP, I dont care what linux or hard drive stuff i lose in the process, just as long as I can run XP.
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Default 07-16-2009, 05:29 AM

You need an external CD drive and a copy of Windows XP. Install according to the instructions for your chosen version/edition on

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Default 07-16-2009, 07:05 AM

USB method that i put together for someone else

Use USBPrep8 to create the bootable USB stick (i had issues running this under Vista, worked best under XP)
Instructions for USBPrep9 here > Installing Win XP Pro via UFD (Universal Flash Device)

Once complete download my Drivers+apps+misc (99mb) file or go to dells site and download them all individually as my download includes the ericsson 3g software
copy over the Drivers+apps+misc folder you downloaded over to the USB stick

Boot the mini from USB and install windows from your usb stick (choose option1, then after reboot option2 and then option2 a 2nd time)

Once the windows install completes install the Battery, Wifi, 3G, SD applications.

To save disk space
Turn off hibernation - Control Panel > Power Settings
Turn off page file - My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Performance Settings > Advanced > Virtual Memory Change > No Paging File, the press Set.

Finally you will see 2 .reg files in the Drivers+apps+misc folder
trayicon.reg removes the useless Intel graphics icon from the windows taskbar
resolution.reg fixes the windows start-up display resolution to 1024x600

Black Mini9 - Win7 Starter, 2Gb, 32Gb SuperTalent SSD, BT, WWAN, Intel 5300, 4-cell
Blue Mini10v - OSX 10.6.3, 1Gb, 160Gb HDD, 3 cell
Muse Mini10 - XP Home, 1Gb, 120Gb HDD, BT, 1.3mp Webcam, 3 cell - Given to G/F
White Mini12 - Win7 H/P, 1Gb, 40Gb HDD, BT, 3-cell - Given to G/F
Inspiron 1525 - Win7 Ulltimate x64, 3Gb, 500Gb HDD, WWAN, Intel 4965AGN
Streak 5 - Stock Dell 2.2.2 rom, 16Gb
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