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problems with clean installation of XP Professional

by bnetpc / December 27, 2009 1:19 PM PST

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)
1.5GB memory


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by YaHa96 / December 27, 2009 7:33 PM PST

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.

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Before it does anything
by lacsr / December 27, 2009 9:35 PM PST

Check the BIOS to see if the hard drive is in the list of boot items. If it is, then make it the first item to try.
Of course if you are trying to reinstall, make the CD drive the first item and then remove the CD after setup runs. If it wants the CD back again, it will ask for it.
Dell reinstall for that model should be easy, just make sure you have the drivers disk, too.

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Try again but don't create the partition first
by Steven Haninger / December 28, 2009 2:12 AM PST

Let Windows setup do that. Start with a bare drive and with the CD first in the boot order and the hard drive second. Windows will partition, format, and load files. When it reboots the first time, try to eject the CD forcing your BIOS to look at the hard drive for a boot device.

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