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Posted 24 January 2011 - 11:08 AM
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Edited by Isimanica, 24 January 2011 - 12:12 PM.
Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:49 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:51 PM
How do you know - have you tried to do a format and new install? What happens?
Now I can't even do a clean install or have it reformat the drive.
Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:11 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:01 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:03 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:22 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:11 PM
Well I have tried it both ways. If I leave it to start from HDD the setup begins and asks for the disk to finish the set up. Then it will repeat the process and crash at the same point. Then I have set it up that the only boot drive is the CD/DVD drive. Again with both the windows disk that came with the computer and my brothers retail disc that he bought from microsoft. Both do the same thing the drive begins the boot up and it goes straight into restarting the setup from the repair install. That is why I am confused it won't show the menu telling me to select either install or recovery console or anything just goes straight into the set up.
If the DVD drive is the first device in the boot order, and if you are booting to an original, retail Windows 7 DVD, then it MUST begin the install routine - which will give you the option to delete / create partitions, format, etc.
Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:15 PM
I have tried step one and selected the drive from the boot menu as specified in step 2. When step 3 is supposed to happen the computer goes straight into a blue screen stating that it is restarting the setup and begins to repeat the attempt at doing a repair install. I wish I could get a screen shot but maybe I can snap a picture with my camera or phone and then post it up here and see if that helps.
Try this and let me know how it goes:
1) boot the computer with the windows CD in the drive and start tapping F12 when you see the Dell logo screen
2) you should get a boot option menu and select your cd/dvd drive and press enter
3) you should see the press any key to continue (press any key)
4) windows setup will start running
5) when you get to the windows setup screen press enter to setup windows xp now
6) press F8 to accept the EULA
7) you should see the partition option now. if you want completely delete everything on the hard drive highlight the partition and press d
8) continue with the instructions to create a new partition and install again
Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:26 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:40 PM
I have the original disk that Dell provides with every computer that they sell(it is green and says OPERATING SYSTEM ALREADY INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER Reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2, For distribution only with a new Dell PC) . Then I took my brothers retail that he bought when he built his own desktop. It is the disc that has the holgram front that says it is an offical XP Professional operating system disc service pack 2. I have tried both, made sure that in the setup the only place the computer boots from is the cd/dvd drive. right after the dell screen telling me the bios version, a light blue screen appears stating that it is restarting the setup for installation and sadly the whole process starts over again.
It is not booting to the disk or the disk is not an original, retail OS disk.
Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:46 PM
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