Installing Windows XP Pro onto new hard drive.

By genuine_duck ·
My Hard drive recently had a melt down and despite having Norton Save & Restore, I was unable to recover it. I bought a new drive and tried to install Windows XP Pro onto it. But it comes up with not valid or the setup not being able to read the CD. Then I tried installing Windows 98 first, hoping to install XP on top, but it states that Windows 98 comes up with the same, although it does boot in safe mode. But it disables the CD Drives. I've tried several ways to boot from either CD-ROM. But cannot get past the invalid Windows CD despite having legitimate copies of both. Has anyone any suggestions?

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Reinstalling Windows XP Pro

by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to Installing Windows XP Pro ...

If your CD drive is unable to read your original retail (with MS hologram) or OEM (with manufacturer's logo) installation CD, try cleaning the CD and the drive. As part of the installation process, you will need to enter the CD key from your original retail envelope -- or, for OEM reinstallations -- from the Certificate of Authenticity (with hologram) on your computer.

I hope this helps.

Craig Herberg

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put the drive in a pc and copy the setup file to it?

by sgt_shultz In reply to Installing Windows XP Pro ...

can you format the drive in another box and copy the setup cd contents to it? If the cd is in bad condition you might try copying it. burner software sometimes can be more successful reading a borderline cd, in my experience

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This might be the issue

by AshishS In reply to Installing Windows XP Pro ...

I recently faced almost a similar situation. On a new hard drive, WinXP Pro would quit during the last 2 minutes of the setup, and boot into a screen where you could choose to start your pc in 3 different types of Safe Mode, Last good configuration etc. I replaced the hard drive twice, the mother board, RAM and even the processor atleast once. Everytime, I could not boot into the OS normally but could boot into it during Safe Mode. Finally as a last option, I disabled the DVD ROM and I was able to boot into the OS normally. For some reason, a bad DVD ROM was preventing the OS from starting normally. If you can boot into Safe Mode, try disabling the CD ROM and then try booting into the OS. If successful, then enable the CD ROM again and you are done.

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