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I am trying to upgrade my roomates old Dell Inspiron 7000 from Windows ME to Windows XP and whenever i run the disk before before it reformats the computer says a file can't be loaded and won't let me go any farther than that. How can i get by this and be able to load on Windows XP.
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Howdy:

1: So what is the file name??

2: is this a new UNUSED XP cd??

3: Upgrades are nothing but trouble.. why aren't you just doing a clean install??

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Yes it is a new XP disk, I am trying to reformat first and then install XP but i won't let me because it can't load a file
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Again.. what is the file that won't Load??

Everything can be done through the XP cd.. Just make sure the system is set to use the cd-rom as the first boot device.. Boot with the XP cd in the cd-rom drive and follow the prompts..

One of the options will be to remove all current partitions, set a new partition and format the drive..

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the file that recently came up that can' t load is \i386\ntkrnlmp.exe

but the file name changes each time. Is there a way i can wipe the computer without running XP and then install XP or is there a way to get around this some how

I have reformatted computers many times before and never encountered this problem
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You could always use a Win98SE or WinME boot floppy.. Boot to fdisk and use the option to remove all NON-DOS partitions.. Then remove any other partitions..

Once that is done, use fdisk to create a Primary DOS partition (say YES tyo any questions asked)..

Once done, boot with the XP cd and try the install??

As a sidenote, when you boot using the XP cd, are you getting the option to "Start from the cd-rom" or are you having to open the cd and run setup from there??

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i get the option to boot using the cd

thanks ill give that a shot
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