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Old 01-15-2008, 12:12 AM   #1
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I am trying to reinstall xp onto a computer. It needs to be reformatted 1st.

I placed an xp cd into the cd-drive and on boot-up get asked to boot from cd – when I do this it still goes to windows and the set up does not continue. I have tried both cd drives and different xp cd’s. They work ok on other computers

If i go to bios to disable all options except cd boot it still goes to windows even after pressing the key to get the only the cd to boot.

I also noticed that there are two lines 'boot from cd:' that appear when there is no cd in the drive and then if there is a cd - you get the other message above afterwards.

I have recently reformatted this computer and have done so a few times with no problems before.

What options do i have?
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:59 AM   #2
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G'Day dezzmo, Welcome to TSF!

I suggest that the best way for you to erase your Hard Drive would be to use a freeware program called "Darik's Boot N' Nuke" available from here.
(Click the coloured link.)

Boot N' Nuke will completely erase the Drive back to RAW format, and give you the best chance of reinstalling the Windows® Operating System.

Give this a try and post back with the results.

I must add that Boot N' Nuke will take quite some time to do its job.
You will have to use the same Windows Version CD for your Product Key, or you will not be able to activate it.

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Hmm - a bit redfaced - but its my son's pc and he has a wireless keyboard and mouse - it seems that although I could get into the bios by pressing 'del' it was not reacting to the keyboard prompt to press a key to boot from cd - so connecting a 'normal keyboard' enabled the 'press a key prompt' to be activated and the setup program has started!!

Thanks for all the input, very much appreciated! I will bear that software in mind for future reference.

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Hi dezzmo,

I personally don't like wireless equipment for that very reason!
Glad you got it sorted out though!

Feel free to post back anytime, when you have a computer problem.

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