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PC Won't Boot From CD To Reinstall Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jenonnet, Apr 7, 2008.

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  1. jenonnet

    jenonnet Thread Starter

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    Please can someone help. I'm trying to reformat my PC & reinstall Windows XP. I have the Windows disc & the PC is set to boot from CD but it won't, it just starts Windows normally if I boot up with the CD in the CD drive.
    What can I do to make it boot from the CD so that I can format the hard drive & reinstall Windows on a clean system?
    Thanks in anticipation for any suggestions.
     
  2. nessyguin

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    What disc are you trying to format and instal with ? It sounds like it might not be a proper OS instal disc . What is the wording printed on the CD ?
     
  3. Old Rich

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    I you have more than one optical drive, try booting with the XP CD in the other one
     
  4. jenonnet

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    I have 2 optical drives & I have tried booting from both of them without any luck. I have once had the screen telling me to press any key to boot from CD but when I pressed a key it booted up normally.
    The CD I am using is the same one I have done reinstalls from before & it worked ok then, it just won't do it now.
     
  5. nessyguin

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    Once booted into Windows can you explore the CD ? If so , try making a copy of the disc if you have a blank CD handy . It sounds like a scratched or dirty CD in my limited experience ....
     
  6. jenonnet

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    Oh but I wish it were that simple! I have another copy of the disc as a backup in case anything happened to the original & I have tried that too but it still doesn't work.
     
  7. ozrom1e

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    The hard drive that you are trying to format is it a used hard drive?

    If it is a used hard drive did it have anything like Linux on it?

    Whether it did or not I would suggest to remove the partition(s) and then re-partition it, reformat it and then re-install windows.

    How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP During an Install.

    http://www.directron.com/formatdrive.html#3
     
  8. Old Rich

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    Do you have a usb keyboard? . . older system will not recognize a usb keyboard until the operating system is loaded. If you have one, you can change to a P{S/2 Keyboard and mouse for the install
     
  9. jenonnet

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    No, the hard drive has never had Linux on it. The PC was new when I bought it & came with Windows XP loaded (I also paid for the disc so I had one if I ever needed it).
    Would the hard drive have a partition on it? My data is all on a separate hard drive which is also installed in the PC.
    I have also got a PS2 keyboard attached to the PC, even though I use a USB one when I use the PC, as it won't recognise the USB keyboard unless the PS2 is connected (that's another problem no-one had been able to sort out!).
     
  10. Old Rich

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    be sure to disconnect the USB keyboard ( and any other usb devices ) for the isntall
     
  11. jenonnet

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    OK thanks, I'll try that. I didn't disconnect them before so I will try doing that & see what happens. Thanks again.
     
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