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A friend brought his computer to me and I found that he is missing files on his pc. he no longer has the xp pro disk so I am trying to install my win 98 disk and then upgrading to xp. Problem is I can't seem to get the computer to start in ms dos. I have made boot disks for xp pro and when restarting the pc there is no prompt to start from the boot disk. I have never had to reinstall after installing xp so I have no idea what I am doing wrong. HELP. thanks
Do you have a disk for an upgrade version of XP that has never been used on any other computer to install Windows XP and do you have the unique 25 digit key number that came on the COA that accompanied it - again - one that has never been used to install Windows XP on any other computer?
The best thing to do would be to make your friend find the original Windows XP CD for his computer.
That would insure his legitimate version which has already been activated with Microsoft would remain on his computer.
If he absolutely cannot find the disk that came with the computer, make sure you have the key number from his installation to keep should you really need to reinstall XP on his machine. If you do not know what it is you can download Keyfinder from magicaljellybean.com which will provide it for you.
Borrow a full installation Windows XP Pro cd. Unless your friend's installation is completely hosed you are not going to reinstall XP, but use it to run the System File Checker utility which will replace missing or corrupted system files.
to do that:
Start -> Run and type in
Then, in the black box that appears (DOS emulator), type
Make sure that you leave a space between the sfc and the /.
Windows will then check that all operating system files are in place and original.