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My computer has had a rough day ;)

My HP with preinstalled XP (meaning I don't have the disk) decided to not work this morning, restarting itself right before it should have entered the Windows screen, making an endless restart loop.

Consulting with some knowledgable friends, I decided that since I really didn't have anything I needed on my harddrive, I would format the C partition and reinstall Windows with my dad's Windows XP disc.

The format went well, then while installing Windows I got all these errors about File Missing. I realized that my dad's XP disc was in fact a ME/98 Upgrade Disc. Oops :tazz:

I shut down the computer and tried using system restore to no avail.

Whenever I start up with my Windows disk it wants to continue the installation (which will bring up a bunch of error messages). I tried to exit out of the installation with ESC and F8 but neither worked.

I am afraid I will have to buy a new harddrive (don't want to spend money) :thumbsup:

Any ideas?

- Matt
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How much GBs you want to buy a hard driver?
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Can't you just boot your pc from a win98 bootable disk? There you can format your pc again using format c:

That might get you out of the installation loop. Then you can install win98 on the system. Afterwards, you can use your dad's upgrade CD to get yourself a nice winXP environment.
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Hi mpfeif101

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If you are unable to boot up your Windows XP PC (XP Home or XP Professional), it may be because the boot sector has become corrupted (yet the operating system and data may still be OK). If that is the problem, then this boot disk will enable your PC to ignore the hard disk boot sector, and instead use the boot sector on this boot floppy in order to still boot successfully into Windows XP.

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Are you sure you can use someone elses XP Disc anyway
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