New install on New drive XP

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Bill Snyder

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I have a compac evo 1700. I replaced the hard drive and the bios battery. I need help getting the computer to load the XP home edition from the CDROM. The compputer picks up the hard drive and the drive is the first to boot from. What commands, and when do I use them to get it to load from the CDROM. It only has one hardrive so I know I have to do some. Please help. Thanks you talented teckies! :eek:
 
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The key to booting from the CD is to enter BIOS ( also called "setup" ) and change the boot order . . on most machines, when you first turn it on, press "Delete" or "F-2" to enter the setup . . from there, navigate to "Boot Order" and set the CD to first . . exit and save changes and it should then boot to the CD.

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.

Good luck and have fun! . . wrs
 
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as simpswr said, in your bios, normal computers you press the delete key on boot, it usually says something like press DEL to enter setup, some times its F1, F2 or something however. change the boot order so that your cdrom is before your hard drive.
 
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