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Old 30th July 2008   #1
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Problem reloading XP


One of our older systems was not starting properly so I got the original XP CD and rebooted with the CD in the bay hoping to re-install it. I had saved all important data, so I was not worried about losing all data at the reinstall if I had to reformat or whatever it took to get it going.

The process began uneventfully but about 1/3 into the load it prompted me for the CD with the SP2 files. I had no disk, so I clicked OK since the XP install disk has a label that said "Includes SP 2". At that point the installation began to hang up, and now it asked for the disk with i386. Again I clicked OK and nothing happened. Now when I try to restart the computer it comes up to that point where it asked for the files and hangs up.

I attempted to use another XP disk hoping it would book from the CD and maybe take me to the format window but no luck. I even tried to back load it with a Windows 2000 disk, figuring if it worked I could always upgrade it. Nothing! I even downloaded SP2 onto a CD and tried to feed it into the bay when it asked for it. Same results.

So now the computer is stuck on a window that keeps asking for the Windows XP SP2 disk and I have nothing more to offer it!

I would appreciate any comments or ideas as to how to proceed!

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I would take the option off the cd and delete then recreate the partitions.

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Boot from the Windows CD follow the on screen prompts ..

To set up Windows XP now press ENTER

Accept the Licence Agreement F8

Searching for previous versions of Windows

To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows without repairing press ESC

Ensure that the drive/partition selected is the one on which XP was set up and press D to delete the selected partition.

To delete the partition press ENTER

To delete the partition press L heed the warnings and DOUBLE CHECK before hitting L

To create a partition in the unpartitioned space press C

Accept max size and press ENTER

Note .... If you want more than one partition I prefer to set the first partition at the required size - load XP then go to Disk Management and create other partitions as required in the unallocated space.

To set up Windows XP on the selected item (Partition (New Raw)) press ENTER
Format the partition using the NTFS file system preferred unless you want an install of Win 98 to access data on the drive/partition, if so choose FAT.

Set up is formatting

When format is complete XP will install.

When complete install your antivirus and firewall before you even think of connecting to the Internet. Update the virus definitions immediately and then go to Windows Updates and download the Critical updates.

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Problem reloading XP


Thanks for your replies.

When I turn the computer on it doesn't read the CD to boot - it just seems to go straight to the point where the first install failed with the message "Continuing Setup . . . "

I've tried breaking the post at startup with Ctrl C - with Ctrl Break and no luck. It appears there is no way I can get to the hard drive or any other part. I even tried booting from a floppy disk that has with a system file but only got to drive A: Could not switch over to C: or D:

Seems that unless I can figure out some way to give it a Windows XP SP 2 disk in drive D it will continue to hang.

Last resort is to replace the hard drive since I did manage to pull out all the important data and I have disks to reload the applications on the new drive.

Thanks again for your suggestions.

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If the machine has a floppy drive, you can get a Win98 boot disk from www.bootdisk.com

Can boot off it...Run FDISK and zap the partitions/recreate the partitions.

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I got the original XP CD and rebooted with the CD in the bay hoping to re-install it
How did you proceed from there? A repair install or an attempted 'over the top' install without format?

Can you boot from a W98 boot disk and fdisk the drive?

If not try a nuke disk - http://www.dban.org/

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I attempted a total re-install - first responding to the prompt to delete the partition - then indicating I wanted to format the drive - agreeing that all data would be erased and then Win XP to be installed. I've done this on other systems several times with no problem - this must be a rogue machine!

I'll try the Win 98 boot with Fdisk. Will inform you of results!

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Strange - I'd try nuking the drive, unless I can come up with something better than 'maybe there is a problem with the install CD'

You may also find software at the manufacturer's site for clearing the drive ....

ExcelStore ....
http://www.excelstor.com/en/download.asp
Hitachi .....
http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
Samsung ....
http://www.samsung.com/global/busine...ort_HUTIL.html
Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum .....
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/
Western Digital ....
http://support.wdc.com/download/

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Problems re-loading XP


I was able to start the system with a Windows 98 boot disk but had to mickey mouse the start since it kept giving me only drive A:

I finally got to drive C: where I ran an FDISK - clearing the partitions. Then I booted again with the XP Install CD in the bay, but it hangs there. Thinking I could have a bad XP CD I used a different CD and got the same results.

Final conclusion - nuke the drive and for about $60 get a new hard drive. That will resolve the issue.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

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Did you use Fdisk to recreate one or more partitions?

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