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Trying to reinstall Windows XP with the recovery disk

by kyle_e / May 21, 2013 1:41 AM PDT

Well I was away at college, and I just got back home. And it turns out they were having problems with the home computer. It's a hp pavilion a1600n desktop. I don't know what their issue was, but I think they uninstalled windows xp, then tried to reinstall it.

We have two disks: one is a Operating System Microsoft Widows XP Media Center Edition 2005. And the other one is the disk drivers disk. Now the problem is that the computer looks like it has windows from the 90's. And it cannot connect to the internet. It wants to connect to Dial-up, instead of our internet.

I tried to put the Windows XP disk in again, but when I tried to run the compatibility test, it said it couldn't find a file, and wouldn't let me continue. I'm not really a computer person, but they want me to fix it so please, if any of this sounds familiar please help me out.

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Sounds typical
by Jimmy Greystone / May 21, 2013 3:38 AM PDT

Sounds typical for a system where the drivers weren't installed. All too many people think that Windows just magically comes with all of these drivers, but the truth of the matter is that you need to install them yourself. That's why you have that second disc which no one apparently thought to use.

Install things like the video and network drivers from that drivers disc, and things should start to look a bit more normal.

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help installing
by kyle_e / May 21, 2013 3:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Sounds typical

Okay I have the disk in, is there any way you could tell me how to install them? There's a bunch of folders, and when I open them I'm lost

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Re: install XP
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 21, 2013 4:26 AM PDT
In reply to: help installing

Keep the disk in. Then shutdown and reboot. With a little bit of luck, it boots from that disk.

With a liitle bit less of luck it doesn't. Then reboot again and - immediately at the start of the boot process - press the magic key that lets you enter the BIOS setup. Then find the page where you can change the boot sequence. Set it to 'CD first'. Exit the setup.

That magic key most often is del or F1 or F2 or F10, depending on who made the PC. The boot screen might show a message like 'Press del to enter setup'. Or maybe it doesn't. Then it should be in the user manual.


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