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Had a feeling PC build project would keep costing me, initial startup question also


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#1 skymaster191

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 09:08 AM

I built my own PC for the first time and fired it up last night. All the hardware and components seem to be in working order.

1. But what is the very first CD you insert? Is it the motherboard support CD with drivers? Or is installing the operating system the very first thing I should do on a new hard drive?

2. Whenever I tried to use the Asus motherboard drivers CD, the Asus screen would flash briefly. Then it looked like it went into a DOS command promt screen that dead-ended. Am I supposed to hit F8 or delete to bypass the POST and go into the BIOS setup?

3. I can't install my OS anyway because all I have is a Windows XP Pro update CD. It won't install because it can't detect a previous Windows OS on the new hard drive. And I don't have the previous operating system CD because I had a bundled deal that included pre-installed OS. I'm trying to get Microsoft to just send me a complete free Windows XP Pro CD since I already paid the equivalent.

Please don't tell me I have to pay upwards of $400 to buy Windows 7. Is there a cheap way I can just get the XP Pro CD?

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 11:48 AM

If it came preinstalled, then all you should have to do is turn on the computer and it should boot up to windows. If it doesn't-then there may be othere issues. What exactly does it do when you turn it on?

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 01:34 PM

It came preinstalled on the old PC. So I have no CD ther than the XP upgrade. I am just going to to get the cheapest Windows 7 for $99.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:38 PM

What you first need to do is get an OS on there, then when you're logged on, get to the internet (hopefully you have an adapter, etc.) and install all Windows updates. You will never use the CD that came with your motherboard or other parts; you're going to to to their website and download the driver/firmware/utilities from there. Just search the motherboard on their website and it should list appropriate downloads for the product. Same deal with your other hardware. Good luck! And congrats on the 1st build :-)

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 11:42 PM

1. Congrats on your new PC. You should not have to install any of the contents of the motherboard CD, most of it is optional or in case something goes wrong. Most of the essential drivers and such are on the Windows DVD. It will install the drivers. If it cannot find the drivers, then you may need the motherboard disc, but that is rare. You should install Windows first.

2. You should, when you for the first time boot up the PC, go into the BIOS and make sure the dates and settings are set properly before installing the OS.

3. Windows update media needs a valid copy of Windows installed before updating, good luck getting Microsoft to send you a copy of the OS. It may be simplier to just purchase an OEM copy of Windows 7 for $100. Windows XP will leave support entirely in April 2014, and updating Windows XP to 7 requires a complete reinstall. DirectX 10 and 11 are also not available for Windows XP. In terms of licensing, I'm not sure if you can move an upgrade install of Windows to a new PC.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 01:40 AM

It came preinstalled on the old PC. So I have no CD ther than the XP upgrade. I am just going to to get the cheapest Windows 7 for $99.

OEM Windows pre-installed belongs with the old PC, and is not transferrable to a new computer. Getting the current OEM Windows for the new computer is the right way to go.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 11:43 AM

Hey, thanks!

I already ordered Windows 7 Home Premium for system builders from Newegg. Should be coming any day now

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 11:35 PM

well, you could have installed the win98 hard drive in the new pc, and the xp upgrade cd would have recognized that as proof of an old version. it may overwrite the win98 partition on the old drive, or it may allow you to install xp on the new, empty drive, but if it does the former, you can always ghost the old drive with the xp install over to a new, empty drive.

as far as the driver cd goes, it should be installed, in most cases, after windows installed. in *other* cases, when there are drivers on the mobo cd that are required for widows installation (usually raid drivers), what you have to do is to make a custom windows install cd, with the special mobo drivers included along with contents of the original winxp install disk. this, however, is rarely necessary- as most of the mobo drivers will already be on the winxp install disk, and usually those drivers that are not on the winxp disk can be installed after windows install is complete.




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