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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:05 PM

I just wiped my drive with Dban, and I am trying to boot from my Windows XP Pro CD, but it gives me this message:
"Press F1 to retry boot, or F2 for setup utility".
What do I have to do to install this?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:16 PM

1) Is the cd drive the first device in the bios boot order?
2) Are you using an original, retail XP cd?

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:26 PM

yes, and no. i downloaded it (legally) from the msdn website. they give away windows 7/xp for free to students.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:12 PM

I didnt think that any version of Windows was available for download legally on any site.
Do you have a link?
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:13 PM

i downloaded it (legally) from the msdn website. they give away windows 7/xp for free to students.


I'm guessing that's why the system is having trouble booting to it. I've seen it happen many times.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 04:46 PM

MSDN Downloads

Did you burn the ISO as a data file or image?

Edited by .X., 07 November 2011 - 04:49 PM.


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Posted 07 November 2011 - 06:55 PM

I didnt think that any version of Windows was available for download legally on any site.
Do you have a link?


sure there is ,

i have access to both msdn and technet Subscription ,for donloads of all windows version right back to win 3.11, except win95 and 98&ME ,and all or most windows programs ,for evaluation /fully funcital ,and 5 to 10 keys for each , i have this as free as a recipent of the microsoft MVP program ,i got it for free but its a 400.00 value for one year

Edited by caperjac, 07 November 2011 - 06:56 PM.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:19 PM

yes, and no. i downloaded it (legally) from the msdn website. they give away windows 7/xp for free to students.

I can also confirm that there is a special Student Only download that usually requires schools to verify status -

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:45 PM


yes, and no. i downloaded it (legally) from the msdn website. they give away windows 7/xp for free to students.

I can also confirm that there is a special Student Only download that usually requires schools to verify status -


I believe that is an Upgrade for Windows 7. Intrinsically the same. Check with the school shop or one of your advisors to confirm availability of options (if XP is still supported).

@ sniper: Try to burn the .ISO again at a slower speed (say 4x). Check the file hashes and verify the burn. Otherwise you have a corrupt download or a bum burn.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 09:02 AM

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Did you burn the ISO as a data file or image?

i burned it as an iso.

@ bludgard: is it ok if i use a DVD for this?

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:56 PM

...is it ok if i use a DVD for this?


Sure; as long as the machine supports it. XP fits on a CD, but I have it on DVD as well as other madia.
As asked, if you could provide the version of XP you are running, the file can be checked for corruption or other changes. Is it Retail, OEM, Volume? K or N version?

Edit: If the file is corrupt, I am sure you can download it again.

Edited by bludgard, 08 November 2011 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:53 AM

I tried it first on a DVD, then a CD. I guess I will just have to try to make a new one.

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:15 AM

tried a fresh download, installed on a DVD, and still getting the same error message. does the option in bios for os install mode need to be set to true? also, my bios seems to freeze up once in a while, while navigating it, on a side note.
i will ask them what version it is as well.

Edited by sniper8752, 09 November 2011 - 11:16 AM.


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 04:23 PM

did you use a iso burning software like isoburn to burn the iso file to the dvd .

http://www.imgburn.com/

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 09:11 AM

I used roxio. it allows me to burn a disc image. and the key is retail.




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