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boot error, asking to put cd/dvd to boot

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I opened our desktop computer earlier and it had a boot error, asking me to put cd/dvd to boot from it. I put my XP CD in, it asked me to either setup, go to recovery console or cancel. I didn't know what to do so I canceled it. I removed the XP from the CD drive and tried to boot from the hard drive again, it went in.

Anyway, my question is what do I do now to just make sure it doesn't happen again? Do I need to reinstall or check my C: drive for errors or something? Hope someone can shed some light into what just happened. Thanks in advance! :)

Edited by paysismom, 20 February 2009 - 07:23 PM.

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1. Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)

2. Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hit Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc won't find any errors in Windows XP, it'll simply quit, without any message.
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