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help with downloading xp pro

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by turtle2, Feb 5, 2005.

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  1. turtle2

    turtle2 Thread Starter

    Feb 5, 2005
    I am trying to download xp pro and am as far as the agreement-i press f8 to accept and nothing happens-i have replaced the hard-drive, and keyboard and still nothing. Any ideas what next??? :confused: :confused:
  2. TheLord


    Jan 29, 2005
    after this process, it checks for available hard disks. anyway, check the hard disk cable if it's connected the right way and properly.
  3. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003

    Hope you mean "installing" ...

    If you are using a microsoft or similar keyboard, you might have to press the F Lock key (top row of extended keys left hans side) or the F8 key may not be recognaised?
  4. turtle2

    turtle2 Thread Starter

    Feb 5, 2005
    yes sorry i mean installing-oops-it is late and i am irritated with it!! thanks-will try both ideas
  5. turtle2

    turtle2 Thread Starter

    Feb 5, 2005
    thanks you are the best!! f-lock key was the problem!!

    RAM-PAGE Banned

    Dec 19, 2004
    Hope you used a good partitioning scheme. ;)

    Clean Install XP http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Example of partitioning an 80Gb drive: (Maxtor Diamondmax 7,200 rev/min with 8Mb drive-cache.)

    80Gb (Decimal size) = 80,000,000,000 Bytes , divide by 1024 three times to give the Binary sizing:

    78125000 Kb
    76293·95 Mb
    74·51 Gb

    (10·0Gb = 10,000,000,000 Bytes (÷ 1024) = 9765625 Kb (÷ 1024) = 9536·74 Mb (÷ 1024) = 9·313 Gb)

    Drive C: 10240 Mb (10·0Gb) Operating System & Programming. 2000 Min & Max paging file. (2048Mb on the drive.) (Drive Image

    Backup to CDRs or Data DVDs)

    Drive D: 10240 Mb (10·0Gb) (My) Documents & Email Folders.
    (Copy Backups to CDRs or Data DVDs)

    Drive E: 20480 Mb (20·0Gb) Music only.
    (Drive Image Backup, otherwise original Audio CDs)

    Drive F: Remaining Drive Space. Archive, Video, etc.
    (Archive Copy Backup to CDRs & Data DVDs)

    Drive F: also has an Automated System Recovery (ASR) BackupC.bkf file for drive C: to use with an ASR floppy.

    All drives are partitioned & FULL formatted, directly from the Windows XP CD, to NTFS

    (This is for a machine running XP Professional with a 1·0GHz PIII Processor and 768Mb of SDRAM for Paint Shop Professional, NERO Burning 6 and a full Office Suite and using Diskeeper 9 Professional to maintain the four drives.)

    Thread on FAT32 vs NTFS and defragmentation of paging file and Master File Tables. (MFTs)

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