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Installing XP Pro - Can't boot from CD, no floppy drive

Discussion in 'Exploring Computers!!' started by section525, December 14, 2004.

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    1. section525

      section525 sextion525 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      How do I do this? I need to install XP. I messed up my buddy's laptop.. now it's a little screwed. Am I out of luck?
       
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      When turning the computer on, hit F2 or delete (depending on what kind of computer it is) to get to the BIOS Setup. Goto boot options and change it to boot to from CD ROM. Hope this helps.
       
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      How old is the laptop? On most newer computers, the XP CD will boot itself if you restart the computer with the CD in the drive.
       
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      Yeah.. its a newer Compaq. I changed the BIOS to boot optical.. then HD. But it just doesn't do it.

      I was trying to install a version of XP Pro I had laying around over the version of XP Home that came on the laptop. But it said it couldn't do it cause the Pro was an older version than Home. I just wanted to do a clean install of Pro now it all went to hell.

      I am trying to get an old version of '98 on there just so I can get something running to install Pro.. :(
       
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      trying just having to boot from the optical only...no other boot devices
      i've seen machines where it'll just keep booting from the hd even though a disc is in the cd drive and its set to check that first.
       
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      Whats the status on the HD? Is it somewhat bootable, or did you reformat it or what?
       
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      If worse comes to worse, you can try borrowing a "flash drive" usb keychain and putting a "boot disk" on it... often BIOSes will recognize the logical drive and attempt to boot from it. Still, I think there is some other underlying reasion why the BIOS would be set to CD-ROM and a real, legit XP Pro cd would not boot... you are not missing the "Press any key to boot from CD..." prompt, are you? :D

      What should happen is that you get into the blue "DOS-style" XP-Pro screens, and then you want to delete the partition, I believe it is D, then L. Then you want to create the maxiumum sized partition (C) in NTFS (not quick, its always good to do a full format). That should get you rolling with a clean copy of XP Pro.

      Just though, if Home has SP2 and this Pro disc does not, that may be your problem. You can always slipstream SP2 onto the XP-Pro disc so that it installs XP-Pro fresh with all of the SP2 goodness pre-integrated like it was all already there.
       
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      Duuude.. That's what I ended up doing. I made some super special XP boot CD with some dealio Image File sent to the CD burner something. I am half drunk now but I did get it working with my legit copy of Windows XP Pro. Thanks Nate Simmons!
       

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