In order to upgrade my desktop Pc I am trying to Reinstall windows Xp pro. After a boot up ,al, I get is a black screen and a message that states "IN ORDER TO CONTINUE PRESS F1 /F2 key". Neither of these do anything I am now left with an unusable Pc Would A soft boot up help?,and if so how is this performed Thank You.
Upgrade from what? Windows 2000 or earlier? Or are you performing hardware upgrades & just want to reinstall?
Either way, you need Genuine XP install media, you need to boot from it & unless performing a Repair Install, you need to choose the point on your drive (or all of it), then format & the install will begin. If you're using OEM reinstall media, you may or may not be asked for your key (after the format & reboot) if so, it's on the side, back or bottom of the computer. It's best to write this down, or take a good close up picture with a digital camera so that it's readable.
You'll be prompted for other info, such as your time zone, joining a network (if desired) maybe one or two more things & the install will complete. You'll see a progress time in the left lower corner, after the second reboot, when there's no time left, remove the CD.
The first thing upon reboot, you can register your computer (optional) & activate it (optional for the moment). If you're connected by an Ethernet cable, it's best to at least activate, if not, you'll have to in just a couple of minutes. However, if this is reinstall media, such as a Dell OEM reinstall XP CD & you're on the proper computer, activation may not be required, but the Genuine Validation process is to get all of your updates.
My advice is to repunt & start over.