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Laptop XP Pro install problems :(

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Kramer, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. Kramer

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    Have an old Dell Inspiron. Recently fitted some extra memory so thought I'd have a go at installing XP Pro. Thing is I don't have a CD-rom drive for it.

    So I used XP's install/boot floppies & a USB CD-rom - all went perfectly, or so I thought.

    Basically, XP Pro is installed & it's singing along beautifully, but no IE, Outlook Express, WMP etc... All the necessary directories are their but empty :confused:

    Tried installing IE from the "add/remove optional Windows components" - still nothing :(

    MSN Explorer seemed to install fine? Really confused. Everything's as I say, perfect apart from the most important component - Internet Explorer. It's main/only use will be for wireless surfing.

    Anyone come accross this before?

    BTW, tried several install discs so it's definitely not that or the CD-rom that are at fault.

    Your assistance appreciated.

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  2. JohnS

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    I would try a repair install, boot from the floppys, dont select "use recovery console", let windows search for previous installations and then choose "R" to repair it. It will then reload over the existing install without destroying it and any settings or programs you may have added.
     
  3. CENSORED

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    Kramer,

    Sounds like the perfect gaming setup, what's the problem ;)
    Sure you're not running XPLite? :D
     
  4. Kramer

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    :D :smashin:

    It would be apart from the fact it's an old (& I mean OLD) laptop :eek:

    JohnS,

    Tried that. Infact tried every conceivable install option: repair, upgrade etc..

    Thankfully I've got it sorted now after much searching on Google & Microsoft Knowledge Base. Ran sfc /scannow which found a few problems. Sorted out the registry (lengthy process :(), then ran an insitu upgrade install & bingo :smashin:

    Still don't know what happened/caused it but happy it's now :smashin:
     

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