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Installing Windows XP


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FrankTank4814

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I am trying to install windows on a second (older) computer for someone to use. I had the hard drive that I'm using for this new system in my current computer for backup/storage. I put this old HDD in the second computer, turned it on, put in the windows installation cd, but through the bios, I got nowhere. What do I need to do to get windows intalled?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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hello and welcome to geeks to go

you can read articles and infos from THIS.

or visit http://www.bootdisk.com
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Howdy:

Is the BIOS set to boot from the cd-rom as the first boot device??

If not, change it to make it so!!

Then, just boot the system with the XP cd in the drive.. XP is self-booting and you should get a screen asking if you want to boot from the cd or boot from the hdd..

Guess which one you pick?? :tazz:

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I followed the instructions in the first link and that's basically what I did. I had already tried setting the cd-rom drive first on the boot list then restarting, but nothing happens. I'm curious if it might have something to do with the fact that the only way I can restart is by physically hitting the reset button.

When the comp is displaying the page that shows the ram, keyboard/mouse detected, etc, on the bottom of the page, the 2 options are F1 for setup and ESC to resume. When I press esc to resume it takes me to a blank page then says "remove disks or other media. press any key to restart."

From this page i have to hit the reset button because it repeates this everytime i hit a button.
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Once you make the boot change in BIOS, you need to click on the option that says"Save the change and exit" (or similiar).. The system should re-boot on its own..

Just make sure the XP cd is in the drive..

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thanks for the feedback Murray. I did what you said, and it does restart, but nothing happens. it takes me right back to the screen that gives me the option to goto setup or resume.
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Are you using an original unused XP cd or a copy you or someone else made for you?? :tazz:

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it's a copy. the comp that i use [hp] came with a recovery partition on the hdd.
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Sorry Frank, but that means you are using a pirated version that is NOT supported in this forum..

I will be asking a Moderator to close this thread as soon as they can..

Should you get a legal copy or purchase a license from Microsoft for that copy, support will be available once more!!

Murray
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