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Reinstalling XP- Ugly Blue Screen


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I'm trying to reinstall XP on a laptop that had it to begin with, but it was so screwed up, formatting and starting over was the only option. The laptop has no cd-drive or floppy-drive so everything I do is by using external devices. I cleared all the partitions and went to install windows and it doesn't recognize my external dvd burner, so I am using a 6-disk boot set from Microsoft. When I get to disk 6, I put the disk in and press enter like it says and I get the nasty blue screen. I've tried it several times and I always get the same ugly blue screen. I'm not sure what to do next. If anyone has any ideas, it'd be greatly appreciated.

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some motherboards have an option to boot from usb....can you check your bios and see if this is an option...ths would allow you to boot from the external drive..which may work better than your floppies...

also...what is the exact wording of the blue screen?
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The blue screen says "It says UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME." I thought it might be a one-time problem so I tried the bootdisk set 2 more times, same result. There isn't an option to boot from USB. The only options I have are Atapi CD-Rom drive, Diskette Drive, and Harddrive.

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I also tried to see if it'd pick up my external harddrive, but with no success. I still get the No OS Found. Any ideas?
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