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Help with reinstallation

by Prmc2 / September 16, 2008 8:55 AM PDT

I've been having a problem for a few months now of not being able to Boot XP properly, and I'm taken to the "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully" with the options for safe mode and whatnot. When I choose any option I get the XP load screen for about three seconds, sometimes followed by a blue screen with text for about one second.

So now I just want to start clean because aside from this problem there is so much unwanted material on the computer and I want a fresh start, I know that last part sounds bad but it's not, but to each his own.

Anyway I put the disc in and i restart the computer, unfortunately I'm not getting the screen that allows me to start the installation.

Please help.

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Change the BIOS boot priority?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 16, 2008 8:57 PM PDT

Many XP systems will not boot from a CD unless we go into the BIOS and change the boot order.

You didn't state what make or model, so we don't know what method you should use to enter the BIOS. The BIOS, (Basic Input/Output System), is the first screens that display whenever you turn on the computer. To enter the BIOS you need to press a particular key as soon as the BIOS displays, (too late and you miss it), and the keys are Esc, Del, F12, F11, or some other key or combination of keys. Which key(s) to press is often displayed on the screen.

Once you are in the BIOS look for something like the Boot tab, or Advanced BIOS features. Then look for Boot Device Priority or for First, Second and Third Boot Device. Make sure your CD/DVD device is listed before the hard disk.

More guidance here;


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Reinstalling XP
by helljack6 / September 17, 2008 2:55 AM PDT

First thing you should probably do is make sure that the disk you have is capable of installing Windows, either as a stand alone Operating system or a full blown Restore image.

If you're using a Compaq/HP system, F10/F11 at the boot screen either selects an alternate boot device or starts the system restore procedure (depending on if your system has onboard restore partition). Dells use the F10 key at start up to select the one time boot device.

If you're reloading, as I've stating probably in every post today since I've become a member, get a copy of BCWipePD or DBAN and use to do a complete low level reformat of your drive, both are user friendly and have on screen directions, it's going to take longer depending on the size of the drive, but it also has a higher degree of assurance that nothing and I mean nothing is remaining on the drive from previous installs (notice I didn't say guarantee, only with advanced 3rd party forensic software can data still be recovered even after being wiped with DoD standard wipe or Putnam 35 pass wipe (highly unlikely)).

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