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Windows Installation Problem

by Komrad8 / September 14, 2006 11:35 PM PDT

hi i am having trouble with installing windows xp hom edition , the problem is when windows installs the first lot of files and then restarts normally it would come up with press any key to boot from cd but it doesnt and just boots from cd so it starts all over again.

this is a new hard drive and the only hard drive,in the bios i have the hard drive to boot first then floppy then cd. any help would be apreciated just cant get my head around this one. thanks in advanced..

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I'm not sure what step you speak of...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2006 11:38 PM PDT

But at one step we have to remove that CD or the install starts again. So far I see a procedural error.


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by Komrad8 / September 14, 2006 11:47 PM PDT

this is what i did before , after i create the partition then format then windows copy the files over from cd to the hard drive then when windows needs to restart to boot from hard drive so that it can use the cd ( i thought)
but if after all that i i take the cd back it wont load and i have to put the cd back into to get anywhere then it just starts again.
there should be press any key to boot from cd but its not there for some reason.

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I see a problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2006 11:59 PM PDT
In reply to: re

Partition, formatting done with other the XP CD can lead to install problems. Why not use XP's installer to partition and let the XP installer format it?


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lol sorry
by Komrad8 / September 15, 2006 12:07 AM PDT
In reply to: I see a problem.

thats what i have been doing using the xp way the the blue screens.

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That's needed information. It explains a lot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2006 12:44 AM PDT
In reply to: lol sorry

XP during install if it bluescreens tells us something.

Time to rewind to the top and tell the full story.


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not what u think
by Komrad8 / September 15, 2006 12:55 AM PDT

i ment during a windows xp install it has blue background i think you thought i ment Blue Screen of Death that doesnt happen at all

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Since we know...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2006 1:11 AM PDT
In reply to: not what u think

That preparing the drive ahead of time can create issues, I usually run DBAN to make sure the drive has nothing on it. Then I boot the XP CD, take it's offer to partition and then let it format and install.

If that hangs up then I know to look at memory, hard disk and system tests.

Be sure to leave USB devices unplugged since such are not supported during install.


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i have the hard drive to boot first then floppy then cd.
by glb613 / September 15, 2006 12:19 AM PDT

I have mine set to boot from the CD first. Try changing the boot order and see if it works.

The times I've installed XP, I "press any key to boot from the CD" once. When asked the second time, I just ignore the message and let it finish the installation.

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by Komrad8 / September 15, 2006 12:41 AM PDT

i know what you mean thats what i normally do but for some reason this hard drive doesnt want to do it for me
is there any chance that the files from the hard drive are not being able to read, thing is its a brand new. o and i tried putting the cd first then floppy then hard drive still doesnt work.

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