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Installing Windows XP OS


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I am trying to install Windows XP OS on my computer. However, I can't get the computer to boot from the cd-rom drive which contains the xp disk. Any ideas?
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Hi depompeo, welcome to Geeks to Go! <_<

Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD

Many computers are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your devices being incorrect. You can change this in the BIOS.

You enter the BIOS from the first screen you see when you turn your computer on. To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.

Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

IBM typically uses F1 or F2.

Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S. If possible see the manual for your computer or motherboard. Also, the BIOS will usually display which button to press to "enter setup" during POST (if it flashes by too fast, press the Pause key).

When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

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Hey admin,

just to let you know depompeo is a friend of mine and I already told him about changing BIOS so cd loads first, but it still doesnt work. Also, when he reboots with a boot disk, he gets "F1 to rety or F2 to setup config"

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F1 to rety or F2 to setup config

Sounds like the BIOS may be corrupt. Tried clearing it?

Disconnect the power, remove the computer case, look for a battery on the motherboard (like shown below). Remove this battery for at least five minutes. Then replace the battery, and reconnect the power. Reboot and see if it worked. You'll need to reset the system time and date.

A typical motherboard battery:
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If it still doesn't work, you can create bootable floppies:
XP Pro: http://www.microsoft...B7-4FED408EA73F
XP Home: http://www.microsoft...55-BD5AFEE126D8
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Thanks alot for the tip, it work great. You guys are awesome and this site is [bleep]in. Rock on.

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