Windows XP

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Reinstalling the Windows XP operating system

  • College-owned desktops and laptops can be reimaged by the Helpdesk using our UDI (Universal Disk Image).
  • Dell Latitude laptops which have been purchased through the college can be reimaged at the Helpdesk. The process of reimaging involves erasing all data, but is very quick and results with a fully supported system that's pre-loaded with all the standard software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, antivirus, etc.)
  • Unsupported Dell models and other brands: You will need the install disk that came with your computer. If you cannot find this, contact the manufacturer and they can send you a new install disk. Dell customers can use this form to order the disks online: support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form
  • In some cases, the installation files needed to reinstall the operating system are preloaded on your hard disk in a "Recovery Partition". As long as the hard disk is healthy, it should be very easy to reformat and reinstall the operating system using these preloaded install files. Consult your documentation to find out how to use the preloaded install files. In most cases, you need to restart the computer and press a specific key on the keyboard and this starts the reinstallation process. For example, on Lenovo or IBM computers, you need to press the blue IBM button. On HP laptops you need to press F11.

Languages and international input

Typing in a foreign language

  1. Go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
  2. Regional and Language Options -> Languages tab -> click Details
  3. Click Add to add new keyboard input layouts.
  4. Also look for the Language Bar button to add the language switcher to the taskbar.
  5. We need a section on adding support for east Asian, Arabic, Cyrillic, etc. -- A Windows install CD is needed for this...
  6. If adding Chinese, see the section on Typing in Chinese

Use the on-screen keyboard to see where each letter is, when your current input method is not the same layout as the layout of the keyboard you are using.

  • To start OSK on WinXP: Start -> Run -> osk and press enter
  • To start OSK on Vista: Start -> type in osk and press enter

Change the entire system's language

In Windows XP, it is not possible to change the language of the operating system (all messages, menu items, etc.) without buying and installing a special International edition of Windows to have multiple languages available. On Windows Vista this process is much easier and does not require a separate install CD.