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XP clean re-install, no boot from disc option.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tanya3078, May 18, 2008.

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  1. tanya3078

    tanya3078 Thread Starter

    May 18, 2008
    I'm sure this has been asked 100 times before but my computer randomly shuts itself down so I don't really have the time to look for it. I'm very sorry!

    I need to reinstall Windows XP. I want to do a clean install. I have the disc and the reg code. What I don't have is the BOOT FROM DISC option!! How do I get it or how do I do it? I'm wicked frustrated and I just want my computer back to normal!! ARGGH :eek:
  2. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    Look in your BIOS , , set the first boot device to CD, second as Hard Drive. 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 any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and 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. T

    he prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

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

    If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:


    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:

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

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