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How to uninstall/remove corrupted Windows XP Install


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lunacat

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Hello, I tried to install Windows XP Home on my new hard drive. When I tried to install it, it hangs at 39 minutes and gives me the error:

An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing.

Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information.


I kind of left it alone for a while and since then want to install Windows XP Pro. I tried to insert the Pro cd, but it wouldn't continue installation since it prepared installation from the Home cd. I've created boot disks with fdisk and format in order to just wipe the drives. However, the computer will not open the disk. I hear that it reads it but then doesn't load anything. I've used this same kind of disk for another PC and it works fine. I know the floppy drive on this pc works because when I tried to install Raid drivers previously, it read it.

I just want to remove the Win XP Home install so I can use my other Win XP Pro to install. Thanks!
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Boot off the XP Pro CD and wipe the machine from there.
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Boot off the XP Pro CD and wipe the machine from there.


It won't boot from it, even if I select to start up from the CD-ROM first. It just loads the BIOS then Windows loads to the setup screen to the point where it ended last (the preparing installation), and then tries to resume from that point from the CD.
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