Help installing XP

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Qualarious

Thread Starter
Joined
Jun 27, 2005
Messages
2
I just had Win 98 on my computer, but reformatted because I wished to start anew with Windows XP. The format went well, but I'm having trouble installing XP now. When I start up the computer with the setup disk in the disc drive, it tells me it's an invalid system disk.

My problem is I just can't seem to get the setup to run... I dunno am I doing something wrong or is there something I'm not doing that I should be doing? I figured with the cd in the drive it would automatically start the setup, but apparently I'm wrong. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
 
Joined
Jun 9, 2005
Messages
1,469
When you say 'setup disk', what are you using for the install?

Floppy(s) ?
Win XP CD ?

Also, give us a little info about your system configuration.
 

Qualarious

Thread Starter
Joined
Jun 27, 2005
Messages
2
Well I figured you would know what kind of disk from this line: "I figured with the cd in the drive it would automatically start the setup, but apparently I'm wrong"

What do you mean by system config? It meets the requirements for winxp, I know that for sure if that's what your referring to
 

JSntgRvr

Retired Moderator and Malware Specialist
Joined
Jul 1, 2003
Messages
18,552
First Name
José
Are you booting the computer with the Installation CD?
 
Joined
Jun 9, 2005
Messages
1,469
"Well I figured you would know what kind of disk from this line: "I figured with the cd in the drive it would automatically start the setup, but apparently I'm wrong""

Being you had previously run Win 98, a common mistake of many is to assume they can use a Win 98 startup floppy to run the xp 'cd' in the drive.

Do you have your BIOS set to boot from the CD; and if so, on screen, you will be prompted with the message *Press any key to boot from CD*. The message will only appear for about 3 seconds.
 
Joined
Jan 17, 2003
Messages
10,254
Prior to installing, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot.

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

You may have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Members online

Top