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Reistalling XP media Center after XP Home?


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susanrandom

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i stupidly put xp home on a newly formatted system (emachine T5212)... not knowing at the time that i could have just reinstalled entire sys software from this recovery/restore disk that came with the machine.

i got this from a guy who had formatted it to erase his stuff and he installed ubuntu. i dont know anything about ubuntu so i used my daughters xp home disk and installed that. seems the disk has a 30 day limit ???

so now i am wondering how do i reinstall xp media center 2005 after ive installed xp home. it keeps telling me i have the wrong disk or not a bootable disk. i am wondering if this is becuz windows doesnt like to go backwards (in versions). what can i do, how can i formatt so that i may reload this emachine to original state? any help?

sorry so long
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Hello,

You will need to change the boot order to boot to the cdrom first.

Restart the system with the disc in and you will get to Windows Setup.

During the process you will have the option to delete the partitions and format the drive.
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i did do all of that. it runs the disk and when i get to the part where i would normally type 'r' for restore (or format" it tell me i have the wrong disk. i think it is looking for the xp home disk. im trying to figure out how to get around that. do i need a third party something to reformat the xp home off the drive?
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i did do all of that. it runs the disk and when i get to the part where i would normally type 'r' for restore (or format" it tell me i have the wrong disk. i think it is looking for the xp home disk. im trying to figure out how to get around that. do i need a third party something to reformat the xp home off the drive?
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You need to "setup XP now"
The next screen will show you an installed OS.
You need to delete the partition.
Then you need to format with NTFS. Do not use the quick method.

HERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS
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