Help with re-installing Windows

By col_ram ·
Following failure of the PSU on my rather old PC, I have replaced the PSU & hard drive - as having replaced the PSU the BIOS failed to detect the old hard drve

When booting up now in BIOS the card drive, floppy drive and CD-drive are all visible

However, the Windows XP recovery CD supplied with the PC many moons ago will not autoplay and if I put an MS-DOS boot disk into the A I can't then get to the new hard drive or CD drive

Any thoughts on how I might resurrect the PC?

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XP Boot Floppy Set

by TheChas In reply to Help with re-installing W ...

You can try the XP boot floppy set.

Make sure you get the correct boot floppy set for the version of XP on the recovery CD.

You then should be able to at least browse to the CD and see what files are on it.

Now for the bad news. Many of the recovery CDs supplied with new computers have only enough information on them to boot into the recovery partition on the hard drive and restore the system from there. If the original hard drive or the recovery partition are not there, the recover CD will do nothing.

You may need to contact the system manufacture and order a set of recovery disks for your system.


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Dang phone call

by IC-IT In reply to XP Boot Floppy Set

slowed me down you beat me by 3 minutes. :-)

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Couple of options

by IC-IT In reply to Help with re-installing W ...

You could go to and download a win98 disk that includes the CD drivers.
Boot from that and launch the recovery CD.

Or you could verify that the BIOS boot order is floppy, CD, then hard drive and try the recovery boot again.
Sometimes for a successful recovery/install, the CDROM needs to be master in it's IDE chain.

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