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Old 07-11-2014, 03:01 PM
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I have a Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop that I purchased in Nov 2005. It has Windows XP Home with 1.24 Gig of Ram. The laptop did not come with a Restore Disk but I was instructed to Backup the Operating System to a CD. Which I did. And, I have the CD.

Now, I plan to install Linux Mint O/S on this laptop but I am instructed to back up XP in case something goes wrong. The Linux Mint on Flash Drive is coming from OSDisc.com
If something goes awry I plan to use the XP Backup CD.
My question is:
How does one transfer the info on the CD to the XP O/S if the need comes up?

I am concerned that something will go wrong and I really dont know how you transfer the Backup info from the CD to the laptop.

I am starting to repeat myself now so I'll stop and hope that you can give me advice.

Thanks.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:58 AM
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When you install Linux Mint have it partition your hard drive that way you can keep XP and have Mint on the same laptop at the same time.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:08 AM
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I have a Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop that I purchased in Nov 2005. It has Windows XP Home with 1.24 Gig of Ram. The laptop did not come with a Restore Disk but I was instructed to Backup the Operating System to a CD. Which I did. And, I have the CD.

Now, I plan to install Linux Mint O/S on this laptop but I am instructed to back up XP in case something goes wrong. The Linux Mint on Flash Drive is coming from OSDisc.com
If something goes awry I plan to use the XP Backup CD.
My question is:
How does one transfer the info on the CD to the XP O/S if the need comes up?

I am concerned that something will go wrong and I really dont know how you transfer the Backup info from the CD to the laptop.

I am starting to repeat myself now so I'll stop and hope that you can give me advice.

Thanks.
Normally, the backup CD will automatically boot up your computer and install the XP operating system that is on it. All you have to do is run the CD.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:22 PM
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Normally, the backup CD will automatically boot up your computer and install the XP operating system that is on it. All you have to do is run the CD.
Of course, everything on your hard drive will be lost and you will have a fresh copy of Windows XP, minus all the updates over the years. I hope you have a backup of your important information.
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Thanx.

Have made a Backup of the XP on the laptop using Acronis True Image.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:02 PM
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Thanx.

Have made a Backup of the XP on the laptop using Acronis True Image.
I hope you have made a boot disc for the Acronis - it won't restore without it.
You can still make the boot disc from the Acronis site before you load Linux.
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