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Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Shaz90210, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. Shaz90210

    Shaz90210 Guest

    my friend wants to get his pc back to factory settings but the disc that came with his pc will not boot from cd when restarted, he has windows xp home, ive checked in the bios that it is set to boot from cd-rom and it is so why will it not do it. I have windows xp home and when i leave my disc in and reboot pc it takes me to the format page when i press R on boot. Anyone help out here plase.
  2. BigDK

    BigDK Regular member

    Dec 1, 2005
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    Sounds like he doesn't have a bootable copy of XP.
    Check your version in his disk.
    Also make sure that if it has multiple drives, the CD is in the correct one.
  3. gtjr_ph

    gtjr_ph Regular member

    Oct 18, 2006
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    did you save and exit after changing the boot sequence?

    2.cd rom
  4. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

    Oct 15, 2004
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    check in post screen if it mentions system restore by pressing f2(?) button
  5. Shaz90210

    Shaz90210 Guest

    Hi no it does not say anything about restore (f2)
    So how can i get the cd to boot if its not self booting.
  6. BigDK

    BigDK Regular member

    Dec 1, 2005
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    This should work with XP home as well, however, you may be better off just using your disk and his key.
    It when registering it, it fails, then ring MS and explain that original disk was lost for key, and that you need them to supply a new key to get it to work.

    As long as you have a valid key, they will normally help you out until its loaded, even if the key has been listed as obsolete they will usually help people out rather than have them seek other methods of getting an operating system up and running.
  7. BigDK

    BigDK Regular member

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    Items 4 & 5

    Steps to Clean Install XP

    If the above instructions for configuring your system to boot from CD
    or you have acquired the necessary boot floppy/floppies; you can now
    boot the computer and follow the on screen prompts. Have your Product Key
    available, typical install is around 30 minutes. If setup seems to hang,
    wait at least 10 minutes + before restarting system. You should experience
    momentary screen blackouts.

    1. Power on the computer. Press the Pause/Break key as soon as you see
    text on the screen. [If you currently are running in an OS of any flavor,
    insert XP CD and restart computer. Skip to #3 if system is configured
    to boot from CD.]

    2. Insert XP CD into CD drive. Press ENTER to resume booting from the XP CD.
    (BIOS must support booting from CD and boot order must be set so CD
    boots before hard drive. If computer does not support booting from CD
    go to 2a for floppy install).

    2a. Floppy install: Boot from Win98/Me/Special XP install floppy
    disk with smartdrv.exe added to the boot disk or the Win XP set
    of 6 floppy disks.

    3. Look for message "booting from CD" usually located at the bottom of
    the screen. If you have a factory splash screen, press ESC to unload

    3a. Floppy install: From the A Prompt; A:\type: smartdrv.exe. then
    press ENTER. If you are using the XP boot floppy setup disks skip
    to step #5.

    4. Press any Key when you see the prompt to "Press Any Key"

    4a. Floppy install: CD to the location of the CD-ROM drive with the
    XP setup files; CD to the i386 folder where you will type: winnt.exe
    to start setup.

    5. Setup will start copying files, if you need to install any third
    - party or RAID drivers press F6 at this time. the copying of files
    can take awhile.

    6. Next you will get the option to repair or enter setup, choose to
    enter setup. Press ENTER. To see images full size, place mouse cursor
    over image and click/double click or press the left button and open.

    7. Press F8 if you agree to the license.

    8. Setup will scan for previous Windows installations

    9. If you are using the upgrade version of XP on a computer without
    any version of Windows currently installed, this is where you will
    replace the XP CD with your qualifying CD, XP setup will scan the
    qualifying CD and instruct you to replace it with the XP CD to continue
    XP setup; otherwise, you will not see this screen. Clean install
    qualifying media can be any of the following Win NT3.51, 4.0, 2000,
    Win 95, 98, Me.

    10. Choose the location to install.

    10a If this is a clean hard drive, you can choose to create a
    partition in the un-partitioned space. At this point, you can allow
    Setup to use all the space or set a size for the partition.

    10b If the hard drive or partition has a previous installation of
    XP you want to remove, choose to delete the partition by pressing
    "D". You will then be prompted to create a new partition in the
    empty space. This will remove all data from the delete space.

    10c If you intend to use multiple partitions or dual boot, this is
    where you specify the size of the boot partition and or setup
    location for XP. If you are planning to dual boot XP, I would
    create a small 100 meg DOS partition for the first primary partition,
    then an 8 to 10 gig partition for XP. You can partition and format
    the remaining space after XP is setup from Disk Manager. If you do not
    intend to dual boot, you can either use all the un-partitioned space or create an 8 to 10 gig partition for XP and leave the rest free to
    partition later.

    Note: If a fat32 partition larger than 32 gigabyte is desired, the
    hard drive or partition will need to be created before running XP
    setup. XP will not create a fat 32 partition larger than 32 gig, but
    will support one previously created.

    11. Choose the file system from this screen. If dual booting and you
    created the small 100 meg partition, make it a fat partition. NTFS is
    configured at the optimal file size during the initial setup. See this
    link for more on NTFS

    12. If you have more that one partition or hard drive on your system,
    make sure you are formatting the correct partition/drive.

    13. This is where you reinsert the XP Pro Upgrade CD.

    14. Press ENTER to continue.

    14. Setup will show a progress box and reboot when copying files is

    15. When you see the "Press any Key to Reboot" do not Press any Key.
    If CD boots anyway, remove CD and reboot.

    16. From this point, you will follow the on screen prompts.

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