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Windows XP home reinstallation-issues. Plz help


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nOinternet

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I've got a HP, where 1 of the features is a "system-recovery dvd-set". Well I did a full system format with it, where it was suppose to reinstall Windows and all the original software that was on the computer when I bought it. This works fine until I get to the configuring part where it keeps prompting for a "Supplement disc" which was send to me from HP. The problem is that it doesn't recognice the disc as the correct one(allthough I know for sure it is). I dont know how to manually explore the disc outside windows(it's not letting me in windows).
I thought I would check to see if the system-recovery discs was corrupted and tried installing XP from another original disc(I got with another computer I got). Thisa installation works fine except that when I'm choosing the partision to install it on, my c: drive is only 15 gig(not close to the real 250gig it is). I do hace 238 gig of unpartitioned space where I CAN install it. But why has this happened? I want to install it as normal and use c: as my primary hard drive, but need some of the unpartitioned space to do so.

All tips will be greatly appreciated, I'm pretty frustrated
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on problem 1--don;t assume that hp gave you the correct discs--it would not be the first time they mixed up the discs. As for reading the disks, the are either disk images or compressed volumes made with propritary software, meaning you can really explore them like you would a normal file

on problem 2, using restore disks from a different pc is likely to cause issues

You can try to completely wipe out the drive using a win98 floppy disk and use fdisk to delete all partitions, then restart the recovery
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I did double-check with HP that the dvd's were the right ones, but gonna tripple check it to be sure. Browsed the forums to try to find how to make a win98 floppy disc, since I dont have a win98 installation-cd. Any tips on that?
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http://www.bootdisk.com/
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