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Installing Win XP Pro on XPS 420

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Old 05-12-2008
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Installing Win XP Pro on XPS 420
  

Has anyone installed XP on an XPS 420?

I have an XPS 420 coming with Q6600 and one 320Gb drive and Vista Premium. I plan to install XP Pro, since that is my current development platform and I just prefer it over Vista. I have a slipstreamed XP Pro w/SP2, which should handle the SATA drive issue. Is there anything else I should be aware of?

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Re: Installing XP Pro on XPS 420

SP2 won't add the SATA drivers for the 420, I don't think, but they should be on Dell's website.

The 420 is too new for any of us to have even seen one.
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Re: Installing XP Pro on XPS 420

You need the SATA drivers, the chipset software and all the other drivers. You can use nLite to integrate all and enable unattended installation.
Works great!
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Re: Installing Win XP Pro on XPS 420

You're correct--the SATA drivers are not in
XP/SP2. My guess is that they're included in the X38 chipset drivers,
which I've downloaded from Dell. I've also downloaded drivers for most
of the peripherals. I'll post up a recap of this adventure at
completion.
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