1. It should reboot from hard disk, as the install CD has copied setup files to HDD.
2. How about reinstall? Maybe there's install fault.
I am trying to install XP Pro on a replacement hard drive. I have made it as my only hard drive, created a new c partition, and used a OEM reinstallation CD. What happens is that the bootup from the CD works to begin with and starts windows setup. When it finishes copying files, it reboots to what should be the GUI portion of finishing setup - but that is where it fails. When it reboots at that point, it stops, beeps, and says "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility." It never comes back up. This hard disk has worked as a boot disk before, I have reinstalled it OK before on another hard disk and on this hard drive as a g: driv;, it was also working fine as a data drive as well and still will work. I just need it to become my primary C drive with the OS.
I have two questions:
1, when it reboots during installation, is it supposed boot from the CD or the new copy of windows on the hard disk?
2, what can I do tho fix this problem?
Dell Dimension 4550
P4 2.66 processor
Windows XP Professional SP3 (resinstallation CD is SP2; I also tried a slipstreamed I created with SP3; both had same result)