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XP Home Reinstall, keeps starting over...

by iron222 / December 17, 2004 6:18 AM PST

I had two hard drives in my computer one of them was apparently no good because it would click non stop and then once windows got into the boot up screen the screen would turn black a few seconds later. So I took the bad one out(slave), and decided to format the new one and do a fresh install of xp home upgrade.

Everything seems fine and all the files copy over like its going to install but once the computer restarts (during setup), it brings me back to do a new install again. Another words when the computer restarts it should bring up the xp boot screen, but instead it boots from the cd again and wants to reformat and install. I cant figure it out. I even tried using windows 98 installation and it does the same thing, once it restarts it goes back to the begining again.

Any help would be greatly apreciated!

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Re: XP Home Reinstall, keeps starting over...
by Cetin Denislam / December 17, 2004 9:48 PM PST

Start a fresh install again. Fdisk and format the new HDD (FAT32). Copy the i386 folder from windows XP CD kit to HDD. Remove it after completion. Restart with a windows 98/Me diskette and launch the setup (i.e. winnt).

For other details, read the following MSKB article:

Q307848 -?How to start the Setup program from MS-DOS in Windows XP?


The article was not written for your case, but it's close enough as a workaround.

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

T. S. Eliot

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Maybe fix.........
by dlgrimm / December 19, 2004 4:52 AM PST

When you removed the slave drive did you reset the junpers on the master drive to stand alone and do the same in your admin screen. if the drive is not manually coonfigured with the fisical jumpers on the drive itself then it the system will have issues in locating the drive and so forth.

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After it restarts and says press any key to boot ...
by trytohelp / December 19, 2004 2:21 PM PST

from the cd, do you press a key? Or do you not press anything and let it continue.

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After it restarts
by Basket628 / December 19, 2004 7:57 PM PST

After it formats and if it ask to hit any key to boot from cd ignore that if you do hit any key it is going to start over from the start.

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