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Windows Cd Install - No Prompt

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#1 wwejosh


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Posted 14 April 2007 - 12:51 AM

I have just been trying to reinstall windows XP. I have been trying to use the method insert cd, restart computer, and press enter on prompt. But I am not getting a prompt. I know nothing about BIOS except for the BIOS on this computer is AMI (4.19.01).
Can someone please help me to get the XP cd prompt to come up.

Thank you, help greatly appreciated.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:05 AM

What is the state of your hard drive?

What I mean is,

a. do you already have an os on the hard drive?
b. is the hard drive newly repartitioned/reformatted?

What you are going to have to do is go into your B.I.O.S. and set it to load from your cd. Read below if you're trying to do a clean install.

There are a few different approaches you can take to reinstall the os, but here's a simple approach to it.

(I'm using my memory on this)

1. Put your OS cd in the drive.
2. Reboot your computer, and while it's in the P.O.S.T. screen (black screen) hold the DEL key. It should take you to your B.I.O.S. screen. Your computer may be different and you may need to hit one of the F keys.
3. After you get into your B.I.O.S. you will need to make sure that the 1st boot device is set to CD-ROM, so that it starts from the cd drive.
4. Reboot
5. When the computer loads, XP will load it's window with choices to select. Choose the Install XP option.

When you choose that option, it will complain that you already have an os on the computer. You want to continue with the install.

6. It will take you to another screen showing you your partition. You will want to delete that partition. Choose that option. Then choose the option to create a partition. Then choose the option to format.

After all of that is complete, Windows will do it's thing and bring you to the option to install Windows. Choose that option.... Now, just sit back and wait for the install to complete.

That's pretty much it.

After your Windows is complete, and you're in your desktop.... reboot, and while it's rebooting, hold your DEL key (or whatever you used to get into your B.I.O.S.) and change the 1st device to load to. That's your hard drive. And put your cd\dvd on the 2nd device to load.

But remember... the Windows screens may not say the exact messages as I said, but you'll see them, and the options you have. Just remember that you want to delete the partition, recreate one, format the drive, then install the os.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:27 AM

What make (and model) is your computer?

To access the boot menu, here's the keys for some common computers:

HP - Esc
Gateway/eMachines - F10
Dell - F12
Toshiba - F12
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 06:22 AM

Thanks guys for helping solve the problem, its fixed now.


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