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Can't reboot from disc


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#1 kjmarket

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 02:52 PM

I've been battling a severe virus infection for a month and I've had it. I just want to reformat and be done with it. The problem is I can't boot from Disc, and the screen that used to show up with the "press a certain button to enter setup" thing stopped showing up around the same time the virus infection began. The other PC is a Dell, and tutorials for getting into your BIOS have failed me due to not having a screen to enter setup,a nd the ke seuences they give to hit...they dont tell you when or on what screen to press/hold them. I've tried on every screen I get and nothing. My screens are CHoose your O.S, then the XP loading screen.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 06:24 PM

Microsoft offers a download for install setup boot floppies. Different versions for WXP HE and PRO. The download installs on six floppies. Possibly your install CD will pickup from the install setup boot and complete the WXP installation.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 06:54 PM

Broken Link. Not sure that is the solution I need, and can't find anything relating to what you are talking about.

Edited by kjmarket, 29 March 2009 - 06:56 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 07:59 PM

Have you tried changing the boot sequence in system BIOS so that CD is your first boot device?

In most computers you press DEL key to enter BIOS when it starts.
Then somewhere is listed boot sequence or first boot device, second boot device etc.
After you have made changes save them (usually there is an option "Save and Exit") and restart your computer.

In some modern computers, you dont have to make permanent changes, during boot an option is shown to choose boot device (by pressing F12 usually).

All the key combinations vary from BIOS to BIOS. Observe carefully when you computer is booting up, what options you are shown.

If you have made the above changes, and still are not able to boot from the CD. Then possibly your CD drive is faulty or the CD is not bootable. To check the both cases, try booting using the same disk on other computers and you will find out.

Edited by Romeo29, 29 March 2009 - 08:00 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:12 AM

How to obtain Windows XP Setup disks for a floppy boot installation

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:46 AM

How to obtain Windows XP Setup disks for a floppy boot installation

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994


Floppy disks are obsolete. That solution was provided by Microsoft for legacy systems (older computers). Modern computers usually dont have floppy drives attached.




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