problem on booting my pc

By georgiasot ·
i have a serious problem. I have installed windows xp professional and i want to format my HD and reinstal Windows. The problem is that i cant boot from cd-rom. At the begin it gives me the prompt: press any key to start from cd-rom. I press enter but nothing happens. It always starts the windows from my hard disk. I selected in bios all boot devices to be cd-rom.... nothing. I made 6 bootable disketes and i tried to use them but worked only the first diskete.... when i had to put the second... drive A: didnt read it and i couldnt either press F3 for escape. The keybord didnt work.
I dont know wat else to do.
Could someone help me, please?
thanks in advance

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RE: problem on booting my pc

by r.singh In reply to problem on booting my pc

It could be that the cd rom is bad, boot up in xp and logon to your PC then put in the cd and see if it is reading the OS. if it is there is a possibility you can install it from there, it should prompt you to do a fresh install or an upgrade. Choose fresh install.

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can be a few issues

by w2ktechman In reply to problem on booting my pc

some Win cd's (even originals) do not boot.
some cd players will not boot to cd's
some MB's will not allow it.

But since it asks, I think either the drive is unwilling to or your copy (cd) of Windows is either scratched, bad, or of a non-booting one.
If it is a non bootable one, did it come with that system? If not, you may be better off getting a new copy of XP, as it may be a pirated version.

You can create setup disks to start with floppies, or you can boot into Windows and run the install from there.

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