I eventually got around to installing XP on my friends Dimension 2400. As he did not have any restore CD’s, I had to use a copy of XP that I had myself. The install itself went fine, and after about an hour or so I had a working install. The only problem was that XP wanted to be activated. As the product key was an OEM one, it’s not going to activate. So now I’m stuck. I can either use a crack to bypass the activation, or I can try to get a copy of the restore cd’s.
As this is a perfectly legal install, I’d prefer not to resort to have to use a crack. On the other hand, there doesn’t seem to be any way to order restore CD’s from the Dell website.
I have created an image of the hard-drive, so I can restore that back if I need to, but that isn’t going to do a whole lot except get me back to square one.
I’ll have to think about this one a bit, and see if there is anyway that I can get the original Dell OS back onto the system.
My old system has been sitting unused on my desk for the last couple of months. Part of the reason that I wasn’t using it was that I had installed Windows Server 2003 on it with the intention of using it as a web and backup server for my home LAN. The problem was that I had never used Windows 2003 before, so I was spending more time reading about configuration options, rather than actually configuring it.
Previously I had tried installing Linux on it but found that trying to get Samba, Apache, PHP and all the other pieces I needed to work was also too much hassle. Eventually I gave it up as not so much a bad idea, but just an idea that I didn’t have time to fully research and implement. I’d love to have the time to delve further into the Linux idea, but for the time being it’s not to be.