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Unable To Boot Computer To Command Prompt


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#1 ItzClockwork

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:35 PM

I'm trying to format my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP. I'm trying to boot with command prompt but it keeps going to Windows. The problem is I get an error The System Is Not Fully Installed. Please Run Setup Again. Well I'm pushing F8 to reboot with command prompt and it tries to load an incomplete Windows. I tried booting from CD in BIOS and it did the same thing. Now boot from CD is not available. I have boot disk on my flash drive but that doesn't work since it's not available in BIOS

Any Suggestions? Does this make sense to you?

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:10 PM

Why do you want to boot to the command prompt?
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:04 PM

If you CD-ROM isn't the first device in the boot order you will need to go into the BIOS and change that. After that with the CD in the drive the computer should boot from the CD when you restart it. The installation disc will prompt you to partition and format the hdd before installing the OS.

If this doesn't cover what you are trying to do please let us know more specifically what you are trying to do.

If you need a tutorial for installing the OS this one is a good one. The only thing that I don't agree with is the suggestion that you upgrade your BIOS, you should need to do this unless there is a problem with new hardware that it isn't supporting.

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