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Removal Of Install At Start-up


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#1 wildvan

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 06:56 PM

I recently had my install disk in the computer. The operating system is windows media player, I wanted to install xp pro over this and started, only to be told that I needed to completely format my hard drive.- Now the problem.

Every time I start the computer, it automaticly wants to try to instal windows xp pro, I have a option to hit the up arrow which lets me start windows media instead.

How do I get rid of the windows xp pro start up innstall files so that when my computer starts, I dont have to hit the up arrow to start window media instead of trying to install windows xp pro?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 11:04 PM

Hi wildvan. It sounds like the recent install doing happen properly. Try doing the install again. Pay careful attention to any options that may be presented. If there is an option to format the hard drive then take it.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 01:06 AM

Thats the problem,I decided not to do the install of the Xp Pro and stay with the xp media, Now on boot, the computer wants to try to install pro, and I do not wish to..

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 01:35 AM

Do you have the installation disk for Media Centre? Tell us if you do and we can take it from there
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Posted 09 September 2007 - 12:38 AM

Yes, I have the install disk..

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 04:03 AM

That's great. Remember to take care of it- you may need it in the future (let's hope you don't)

I would recommend you repair your installation. It won't wipe out anything on your computer, but will fix any broken system files. The down side is that it will take a while though, should be just less than one hour.

If you don't know how to repair, please click here and follow the instructions

Good luck :thumbsup:
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Posted 09 September 2007 - 08:16 PM

Great idea, now, if I could only get my machine to boot off of the install disk. I put in the disk, booted the machine and it does not boot off of the disk, only booted off of the hard drive.. Beginning not to like this dell much LOL
Next suggestion??

thanks for the help..

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:48 AM

Dell? Was meaning to buy one, much better quality and price than most other pre-built models i've seen...

Anyways, to boot off the disk, you just have to pay a bit of attention when you restart the computer.

So place the CD in there and restart the comp. Look at the bottom of your screen. There should be something along the lines of: press F2 or some other button to change boot priority.

So basically, press that button, as soon as you realise what it is. Just follow the prompts to change the priority and follow the rest of the steps in the thread above if you need to

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:52 AM

On most dell computers, you should tap the {F12} key when you see the Dell logo, this will bring up the boot menu. Use the arrow keys to select the optical drive (cd) and then tap enter, press the space bar when the screen has the press any key message.
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