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fongpn

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Hi there. I have a system with two hard drive. I wanted to install Windows XP to the second hard disk, D:\ . My primary hard disk are Windows Me, C:\. I run my system then I park in the disc. After that, I select Install Windows XP Professional. I then choose new installation. Then I accept the agreement, key in the products and everythings. I wanted to ask, when I can choose to install to the second hard disk? I scared i will sabotage my primary hard disk, the C:\.
 
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You need to boot from the XP installation disc . . not insert the disc while windows is running or you will wipe out the ME ( pardon the language) installation.

To do that, 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 choose the drive you wish to install XP on, format it, then proceed to installing XP

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up.

If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

This is a good guide to creating a dual boot system: http://www.winxpfix.com/page5.htm

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

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

You will likely 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.

Have fun . .
 

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Thanks for your advise brother but I tried this way. I knew. But, it can detect at all.
 
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If you do not get the "Press any key to boot from CD" prompt, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.
 
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