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help for xp installation error

By cjrobi ·
Hi my name is Chris. I just recently bought a new computer and I'm selling my old amd xp 2100+ system.
I was getting this computer ready to sell to a roommate but I've encountered an error that I can't overcome.
I was trying to remember how to format drive C: for win xp. I couldn't remember how to do it until too late. (booting from disk)
Before I realized the proper sequence I had started to re-install windows xp thinking that might erase what was on the hard drive.
In doing so, I remembered the proper way to format C: by restarting the computer and booting by the xp disk; then going into recovery console...
Well, as xp was reinstalling, my system restarted (as it should during this process) but it was here that I remembered the proper way to format.
As xp reloading during the goofed-up reinstallatioin, I tried booting by the xp cd and went into recovery console to format c:.
It gave me the typical warning about formatting c: but it seemed to work (although I didn't have to wait but 2 seconds for this format)
Next, windows started and I noticed that everything was still on my desktop thus not format had been done.
Now when I start my computer, it wants to finish the windows setup right away (from the reinstallation) and I can't even get to boot from the cd because of this. Whats worse is that it won't finish the win xp setup because I get an error and the computer locks up or restarts. Some problem with hardware setup which I never had before with this computer.

Is there a solution to this problem?


Chris Robinson

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by DouglasB In reply to help for xp installation ...

Boot from the CD, you should be able to do this even if the installation from a previous install tries to start. Make sure you bios is set to boot from CD first. At the prompt to install Windows hit ENTER. You will then see the partions in the lower part of the next screen. Delete any partions, then set up Windows in the unpartitioned space.

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by willcomp In reply to help for xp installation ...

Should be able to boot from CD as noted above (at "Press Any Key to Boot From CD" message). However, if you cannot and drive is no more than 120GB, boot from a Win98SE boot disk and remove all partitions on the drive using fdisk. Partition(s) will be non DOS if drive is NTFS.

Boot disk is available at link below, if needed.


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