How To Install Window XP on Vista DELL Inspiron 1420

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Vista is Full of BS!…

I thought by operating in Vista , I can use all latest software and can update from Microsoft. Remember my slogan : Update, Hi Tech, Sosphiscated. šŸ™‚ Just kidding

Well, problem arise when my principle asked me to install XP because their software is not compatible with Vista. I need the software to test and to check all vessel equipment to interface with our hardware.

In fact, my principle from France keep saying Vista is BS haha. I have to admit that Vista security is quite annoying and Vista theme tend to make your PC hang.

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So I started to Google for how to create dual booting system in my Dell Inspiron. Remember, Internet is the best teacher. Anyway I took 3 days to install XP on my preinstalled Vista. With lack of sleep and food haha.

It’s not that hard, it just messy. You have to know the right step. I need my Vista because it is original software and need the update.That’s all. I don’t want to rely only on one OS and pirate hehe.

Installation Preparation

1. Get yourself a Windows XP that boot from CD

2. Software to create dual booting from both XP and Vista.”VistaBootPro”download the free version from SoftPedia.

3. Recovery CD drivers for hardware and device on your laptop

3. Your laptop of course, well mine is DELL Inspiron 1420

Install Windows XP

1. You have to create partition in your hard drive . The easiest way is to use Shrink Volume feature in Vista. So you can create and format the new partition.

Where to find the Shrink tools ? Just open the computer management panel or under Administrative tools or just right click the computer icon on the start menu and choose manage.

Click the Disk Management item on the list.

computer management

You will see your hardisk drive and recovery partition. In my case for DELL laptop, the hard disk is divided into 4 partition. The problem is that Vista only allow 4 partition. So I have to delete one partition.

Choose your main hard disk, and click right to choose Shrink Volume.


What ever you do, just don’t choose default value for shrink, in my case I only use 12 Gig just enough.

2. To make our reformat and configure the hard disk drive more efficiently, I would like to advise to change the Drive Letter.


Change the drive letter for your optical drive from D to E. If you have already Recovery partition, then just change your CD drive to F. So that your new XP partition will take the letter D or E. Just make sure you know what is the letter assign for your new XP partition. That’s all.

After you create the new partition, click the New Simple Volume to format the storage to NTFS. Just follow the wizard and remember your assign drive letter.After than REBOOT!


3. After restart, you can rename your new drive to XP and main drive to Vista. So that you can distinguish clearly in DOS environment.

So now you are ready to boot your laptop from XP cd. But first you have to disable your SATA drive in your BIOS setting. This step is important to enable your computer to recognise all the drives.

Then insert your XP Bootable CD and restart your laptop. Press F 12 to choose boot from CD (depend on your laptop configuration,on which button to press to configure boot setting). (more…)

How to Flush DNS with IPconfig

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After buying a new domain and for sure you have toĀ  change to new DNS in your domain point to your hosting. My experience on changing my DNS, usually it will take 48 hours.

Most DNS clients cache the results of name resolution requests. This speeds up name resolution if multiple look ups are done to the same address, such as is common when browsing the web.

Sometimes a bad DNS entry will be cached and you will need to either flush the DNS cache to get rid of it, or wait up to 24 hours for it to be dropped from the cache automatically.

How to Flush DNS in Microsoft Windows

In Microsoft Windows, you can use the command ipconfig /flushdns to flush the DNS resolver cache:

type cmd in box for Vista or for XP type in run box
C:\>ipconfig /flushdns

Windows IP Configuration

Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

You can also use the command ipconfig /displaydns to view the DNS resolver cache.

  • How to flush DNS cache in Windows from the command line

My computer history

During my childhood, I never had the chance to learnĀ  about computer. The computer lab in my primary school will be closed every time they had class and I always stare at the lab’s door and thinking what the computer looks like.My family cannot afford to send me to the computer class and the school only want to make more money by chargingĀ  student who want to enter the class.I even remember one of friend scolded me when I destroyed his 8″ floppy disk that I found on the street while going to school. Actually I did some CSI to see what inside the floppy disk. hehehe

30.365 Clackety Clack


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