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Reformat HP Vectra VL400


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I need help reformating my HP Vectra vl400 computer. I have:

A Windows XP CD
A Windows XP CD Key

I want to reformat it. I insert my XP disc and restart. I do not get any message that says press any key to boot/reformat. I have changed my bios settings so my Cd-Rom drive is first,still I get no message.

I have went to the boot menu on my computer and selected boot from my "Atapi Cd-Rom drive" no sucess. Whatever I do it just starts windows normally without booting.
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When you say
"I have went to the boot menu on my computer and selected boot from my "Atapi Cd-Rom drive" no sucess."
Did you click F10 to save and exit or go to save and exit?
Are the windows cd and key authentic? Did you recieve them when you bought the system?
What is the reason for format(We ask because formatting is always a last option)
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I think I just hit save and exit, but over the past day or so I'd bet every option available has been tried.
The XP that is on there now is apparently not authentic, according to Microsoft. That is one reason why I'm trying to change it to one that is authentic - or even go back to Windows 2000 since this is a very small computer. We use this for surfing only - no files are saved to it. I'd really like to wipe it out and start over, but can't access anything that will let me wipe it out.
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First I need to know "Are the windows cd and key that you have original and authentic or are they burned or borrowed?"
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The one I have came with my laptop, so it should be the real deal.
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I believe, you should be pressing F8 key at HP logo to access boot options.
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That was the 1st thing I tried. F8 has absolutely no effect on it. It proceeds right to Windows like a normal.
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This is why I question what you have. This is from post 3
"The XP that is on there now is apparently not authentic, according to Microsoft"
You also say the XP is from your laptop. Is the key code also from your laptop?

Edited by rshaffer61, 18 April 2009 - 03:18 PM.

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First I need to know "Are the windows cd and key that you have original and authentic or are they burned or borrowed?"


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We got this computer from a friend. It already had XP on it. That's the XP that is apparently fraudulent. The XP CD that I'd like to boot from came with a laptop that I purchased new - so I know it is authentic. I have twice been able to access the CD to where it says to install, but after I click nothing happens at all - it just hangs forever. It is impossible to boot from the CD - I think this computer is from the days before that was possible.
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The XP CD that I'd like to boot from came with a laptop that I purchased new

It'd be illegal to install two copies of XP on two different computers, using same CD, unless you bought two licenses.
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I understand that, but thought I'd be given the option to purchase another license when the product key is entered.
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...and what product key would that be?
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