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Hi guys

Last night I decided to go to best buy and pick me up a copy of XP Pro.

I installed it nice and smoothtly... but there is one problem!

Whenever I restart or shutdown, I get a message saying that Cannot find the A:\ drive! make sure the door is not open or something like that..

I do not even have a floppy drive in my computer! why do i get this error

Please help me! its very annoying and I would like to get it fixed!

Edited by crapaware866, 17 January 2007 - 07:46 PM.

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Press the power button and keep tapping the delete key (possibly F2) until it enters set up

Look for an option to stop floppy boot seek, and then look at the boot priority and set it to Hard drive then CD ROM Drives

Try to get it so none of the boot priority options include a floppy drive

Press F10 if you change anything, press enter, type Y to confirm, press enter to reboot
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There should be options in the BIOS to turn off Drive A and the floppy disk controller. This is usually why your computer thinks there's a floppy drive installed where there physically isn't one.
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Ok. I did that and now I cannot boot to windows.

It says its missing or has a corrupted C:\Windows\system32\system\config

It tries to boot to Windows 2000 because I have a dual boot going on.

Doing the repair right now. Will get back to you guys asap.
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Did you try setting BIOS defaults, saving the change and rebooting?
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Yes I have.
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Are you doing this

http://support.micro...om/?kbid=307545

or a repair install?
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I am running the repair install.

Not from the recovery console.

This stinks, will I lose any of my files, because I put a lot of work last night getting it the way I wanted.
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If it is this then the data will be OK but Microsoft Updates will need to be re-installed

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the power button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need your XP product key to complete this

The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM


If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install

Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive


After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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Thx so much.. will post back when I am done if everything has gone smooth
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All went well and im a happy camper! Thanks so much
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Thanks for posting the result
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