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Hi, I wish to put a fresh install of XP home ed. on my comp. but it will not allow me to delete the partition where XP is because it contains files needed for the install. Also, it won't allow me to create a partition on the unassigned space because it is too small. Am I SOL or is there some way around this problem?? thx in advance.
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Howdy and welcome to GTG:

Are you trying to do this through Windows or are you booting your system using your XP cd?

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from XP CD
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Is this one of those Recovery/Restore cd's by Dell, HP, etc or a normal install cd?

What is the make and model of your system?

A normal install cd has all the files needed to install XP on your system.

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it is not Dell, it's a home built computer with a normal install CD. it is an intel pent 4 3GHz. The system is XP home version 2002 service pack 2.
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Then, follow This Tutorial.

As long as your XP cd is not a copied, downloaded or burned cd, it should work.

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it will not allow me to delete the partition
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Where did you get your XP cd from?

Does your system have a floppy drive?

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the guy who built my computer gave me the CD. It is legitimate. No floppy drive.
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Then I suggest you contact the person who built the system. Are you getting the message to "Press any key to boot from the cd" message when you start the system?

If they only used the cd to install XP and it is a custom built computer, there should be no files on the computer that are required to install XP. Everything you need is on the cd IF it is kosher.

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Are you getting the message to "Press any key to boot from the cd" message when you start the system?


no, it just automatically goes into the setup
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A normal XP install cd does NOT go straight into setup. An OEM disk might. What does your cd say on it?

Go into BIOS and see what the boot device setup is.

The cd-drive should be the first on the list. Is it?

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it is OEM software. In BIOS the floppy drive is first and CD-ROM is second which is weird because I don't have a floppy drive.
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What does it say on the cd?

Boot into BIOS and make the cd drive the first boot device and your hdd second.

Press F10 to save the change.

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ok, thank you so much. changing the boot device seemed to do the trick. Everything is good now.
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