Dell Inspirion N5010 - Windows7 Installation issue

Posted on 2011-10-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello Experts,

I recently bought Dell Inspiron  - N5010 laptop from ebay.

It came with Windows 7 Home edition installed.

I downgraded to Windows XP with service pack 3.0 and installed it(  I did the install Windows XP  in ATA mode.)

It installed, but now my machine is getting crashed once in a while….i am seeing the blue screen when it gets crashed.

I want to install Windows 7 back… I was trying luck so far..

I have windows 7 iso image with licensed version.

Can someone tell me the steps…

Question by:mani_sai
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    Expert Comment

    what error message from windows xp is displayed exactly?

    you told us that you already tryed to install windows 7, what errors did appear?

    normaly if you don't need to backup any data you put the windows 7 dvd inside the dvd rom, press f12, boot from dvd and the installation menu guides you through, format the old drive and install a clean windows 7.

    please tell where you get erros while windows 7 installation.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Jini Jose
    you first need to burn the iso to a cd / dvd. then use the cd/dvd to boot from it. then try install .

    second option is if you still have access to your pc through your XP, then extract the iso to any other drive than C: with any iso utility, then install from that location. while install starts delete and format existing C:. and then install.
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    Expert Comment

    Do you want us to give the steps to install Windows 7 or are you facing any problems in Windows 7 installation?

    If you are getting any errors while installing post the exact error messages.
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    Author Comment

    I used POwerISO software and burned DVD disk with extracted files.

    when i reboot , i selected boot option as DVD.. still it is not picking.

    In BOIS - we have 2 SATA options...

    1. AHCI

    2. ATA

    i tried with either option... still it is not picking...

    I also tried to copy the windows 7 installation files to windows xp ... when i tried to open setup.exe... it is gving is not a valid win32 application.

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    Author Comment

    the software i am trying to install is  Windows 7 Uitlmate with sp1 x64.
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    Expert Comment

    Open PowerISO
    goto Tools -> Burn
    Select Image file Radio button
    Now click the browse button and select the Win7 ISO file
    Select your Burning Drive, Speed
    Click burn!!

    Now use this DVD to install Win7
    press f12 when booting and select DVD rom.

    If you need the steps to install, here is a nice link.
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    Author Comment


    i did all the steps... it is not picking up the dvd when i reboot my machine.

    i think my issue is, i have windows xp 32 bit already installed.

    it is not allowing windows 7 64 bit....

    i am going to try with windows 7 32 bit...
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    Accepted Solution

    Does not matter weather you have 32bit or 64 bit. It should pick up the Bootable DVD.
    I hope the DVD rom is detected in BIOS.
    Next i suspect the win7 ISO file.
    Open Power ISO and goto file open and select the Win7 ISO file and see if it says bootable Image. (See the image)
    if not the problem is your ISO file.

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    Expert Comment

    Enter the BIOS setup and ensure that the DVD drive is set as the first boot device. With the DVD in the drive, watch for the "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." message as the system restarts, then act accordingly.
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    Assisted Solution

    >>  but now my machine is getting crashed once in a while….i am seeing the blue screen when it gets crashed.  <<  it is no use trying to install on a bad system - you have to repair it first
    you can give us more info on the BSOD, or post the minidump here - find it in windows\minidumps

    otherwise, start testing ram and disk to be sure about the basics - best download UBCD for that :      
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks to everyone.

    I installed Windows 32 bit without any issues.

    only i had problem with Windows 7 64 bit.


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