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how can i install windows xp on a blank hard drive

due to spywares and possible viruses, i can't get rid them all, so i deleted the entire windows folder. now i can't run the computer any more.

i have a installation cd, but it doesn't seem to be bootable. i have to run it manually from the hard disk, but right now, the computer won't even go to the safe mode.

so basically, the entire files in windows directory is gone. is there anyone i can install the xp again?

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What happens . . .

In reply to: how can i install windows xp on a blank hard drive

when you boot from the CD?

Have you set the BIOS so that the first boot device is the CD drive?

What you have done by deleting the Windows folder is possibly killed yourself. If you can boot from the CD you can do a repair install. This will save all your "stuff". If not you're going to have to do a format and install, loosing everything on the PC.

But you have to get the PC to boot from the CD and that's in the BIOS settings.

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someone help me.

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stupid bill gates, why do i have to reformat the whole hard drive? all other files are still there, they work fine.

i have made a cd for myself, it has "autorun
license
readme
setup
win51
win51ip
and
i386 directory

that is it, i don't know why it is not a bootable cd though.

is there any other operating system that i can install now? i am thinking about linux, but the one that i used didn't work.

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Where is your retail CD?

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Hint: You do not make your own bootable Windows CD; you use the one that that you purchased, came with your computer, or was created by your computer manufacturer's recovery media creator.

You can install any OS you wish. Have you tried Ubuntu?

John

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ok

In reply to: Where is your retail CD?

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That method doesn't work all the time.

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That's almost like dropping hammers on your toes. Why can't we do this the normal way?

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o

In reply to: That method doesn't work all the time.

because i installed this computer by myself, someone else installed the xp for me, and i don't have the restore or install cd.

i have a cd that has xp files on it, but it won't run as a boot cd.

now do u understand.

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Then you're SOL . . .

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As was mentioned above, you need a valid copy of Windows. If you can find one then you may be able to boot with it and do, as I said before, a repair install. Otherwise you now have a nice door stop.

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it worked

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i did what that guy described on that page, it worked.

i am using this fixed computer now, it runs so much faster.

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