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#1 kury

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:39 PM

   I have a bit of a problem here. 

 

   My dad's old computer went kaput and rather than replace the hard drive, he bought a brand new industrial strength computer.  Given as how he doesn't need that, I looked at the bad computer and found that the specs were better than anything I could afford. All I needed to do was replace the hard drive, and boom.  Brand new computer better than anything I'd ever had.

 

  So I buy a new HD and try to install windows XP on it.  Herein lies my problem.  I could format the new HD ok, but setup will not continue because I get an error saying that the CD itself is flawed, and setup can't continue.  So I have a half formatted HD.

 

  If the problem is really the disk itself, then I could buy another, but I have a CD of  windows vista here too.  Since I can't put XP onto the computer, can I put something like Vista business or 7 onto an already half formatted HD?



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:43 PM

You shouldn't have a problem installing Vista or Win7 as the hard drive will get re-formatted during the installation process.

But you will need a valid licence for the new operating system.
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#3 kury

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:54 PM

As far as I'm aware, the Vista CD I have is a valid one, with it's own CD key.

 

But when I put it in the new computer, the computer boots up in Windows XP, asks for the XP disk, and because the Vista disk is in the drive, nothing happens.

 

So how do I get it to reformat?



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:01 PM

Well, your hd won't be formatted during installation unless you want it to be. Also, you should make sure the system can run W7: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/system-requirements

 

As for the system not booting to the Vista cd, there are 3 possible reasons:

 

1) The cd is bad or not an original, retail copy

 

2) The optical drive is not the first device in the bios boot order or

 

3) The optical drive itself is bad

 

Most likely 1 or 2


Edited by Allan, 26 June 2013 - 05:02 PM.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:02 PM

  So how do I ask it to format Vista when its trying to run XP?



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:04 PM

Please read the rest of my post.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:05 PM

so if its a reinstallation CD for another computer, it wouldn't work?



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:07 PM

Listen, I want to say I really appreciate your help.  Please excuse my questions but I'm really out of my element in putting a computer together-its the first  time I've had to do so.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:26 PM

That's correct - a reinstallation cd from another system will not work.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:19 PM

Is your Windows XP disc one that came with the computer or is it a retail or upgrade license that was bought from a store?

If it is the latter, then if you can find a friend with the same edition of Windows XP as well as with the same SP on the Windows disk, then you can use their disk with your existing license key to finish the XP installation.

If it is the former, then there might be a small chance that you could get a replacement disc from the computer manufacturer. This is a very remote chance, but you never know.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:25 PM

What brand hard drive/model number did you install?




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