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Cannot install Windows XP SP2


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Alex Super

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Hi,

I recently got an old computer from from my friend and I was trying to install Windows XP SP2 on it.
As soon as it booted from the cd, I did all the procedure of selecting a drive and formatting it and then it copied files on to the harddrive and then it said that it will continue after reboot, but as soon as system rebooted it without asking went to the same point as it was before starting to install windows from poinf one.

My mother board it Intel
Processor Pentium III
Harddrive Samsung 80GB
512mb memory

I wuld appreciate for any help that you will give

THANK YOU
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Hi Alex,

What is happening is that your computer is booting from the CD. During an installation of Windows, it has you select a drive/partition, formats the partition and copies necessary files to the partition. Then it reboots, loads those files, and continues to install Windows. What is happening during the reboot is that your BIOS is set to boot from the CD first, i.e. it will look for a CD to boot to, and if it doesn't find one, it boots to the HDD. When your system reboots, it finds the disk and boots from it, essentially starting from the beginning again.
What you need to do is set the BIOS to boot from the HDD first, then the CD. This will allow setup to boot to the HDD after a reboot, instead of straight to the CD. See your manufacturer's instructions for changing the boot sequence.
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Thank you, The Admiral

Essentually I knew it, but it won't go any further if I do boot from HDD.
It says "A disk error occured, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete"

What else should I do???

Thank you again,
Alex
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is the CD in the tray?

Remove the coaster from the cup holder until you're booted


wait.. you're reinstalling to post this?
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Did you try to boot from the HDD just now, or after a format/copy? Again, you need it to automatically boot from the HDD instead of the CD, then manually boot to the CD to setup Windows.
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can you tell us your BIOS settings?
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Try this:
  • Setup BIOS to boot from HD before CD.
  • Download a Windows 98 SE diskette image from bootdisk.com.
  • Boot the Win 98 SE diskette, select option 1, with CD Rom support.
  • Once you get to the command prompt, put the XP CD in the CD drive.
  • Enter e:\i386\winnt (e: is normally where your CD drive will be. C: is your hard drive, D: is a RAM drive then E: is the CD).
This should start the normal XP install. When it reboots, it will boot from the hard drive and not the CD.
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Thank to all of you, I followed suggestion of Ztruker and that helped me out,

Thank you all again...
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You're welcome, glad it helped. Post back if you have any more problems.
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