Windows XP- interrupted startup, can't load it now, I want to format

By chardave1 ·
I was loading XP when it was interrupted, now it keeps reloading, gets to the part where it is past "preparing installation" and is at "installing windows" section then I get an error message "error has been encountered that prevents setup from continuing. Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup logs should contain more information.". The setup logs give the error codes: 800b0100

I can't reboot in safe mode, it tries and gives me an error message and restarts, I have put in a Win 98 disk and told the machine to load from the CD but the XP screen still comes up.

I want to get to the C: prompt so I can format and start over but I just don't know how to get there! So frustrating!

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Thank you everyone!

by chardave1 In reply to This should get you start ...

I will try these suggestions, thanks for your help!!

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Try This

by IC-IT In reply to Windows XP- interrupted s ...

Hold down any key while starting the system, this should result in an error and prompt you to press the F1 key to continue or press (some key) to enter setup. Choose the latter and change your boot order to CD first.
Insert your XP install disk and watch for the prompt to press any key to boot from cd.
Follow the prompts from there.

Alternatly download UBCD (Google it) and use this to format your drive, rinse, repeat.

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by cholan41 In reply to Windows XP- interrupted s ...

if u hv 98 bootable cd ? then change in bois setup " boot from cd" then ur system boot and it ask boot with cdrom Support/ with out cdromsupport ? u select and boot if not worked u may download DISK MANAGER seagate HDD utlity and boot

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