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Hello,

I am having problems installing xp on to a new HD. I have tried everything from format c: which I couldnt do to fdisk which didnt allow anything to be an active partition until I created a primary DOS partition. Did I do this wrong??? I went to restart my computer and I changed my BIOS settings to boot from cd rom and I got an error message stating that there was no O/S?? Can anyone help me please??? I need to get the xp installation cd to boot from the cd-rom if possible but I cannot get things to coooperate. Everything is showing in my bios as far as HD and cd-roms???? Please someone help????? Thank you......


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try loading your old o/s on your hard drive then load xp....sometimes with xp you need a platform to load it...i have never been able to boot from a xp cd...choose new installation when it promts u to
 

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to my knowledge the xp cd-rom isn't bootable.

boot up with a win 95 or 98 startup disk and run "fdisk.exe" delete ALL partitions on the drive (assuming you've backed everything up yo need). create a new DOS primary partition, and let it take up the FUL hd space. i believe you need win 98 or above to install xp on, i know 98,98se,ME,and 2k work fine. when u install off of an 9x system (98,98se,ME) you must convert your hd to a NTFS partition. this will take the full hd dos partition you have allready created and convert it to the NT standard. if u have reformated your drive and don't wish to keep the ghost of you previous system i would suggest letting xp write over it.
 
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The XP home upgrade is bootable as this is how I have loaded my system.
So I would imagine that you can boot from any version Home, Corp or Pro.

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Im running XP pro Corporate edition and its bootable
 

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All ver. of XP is bootable, heck win98 SE is bootable. I think you need to check your boot order. Also is this a scsi drive? If so you may need to whip out some drivers when Installing. The only thing you may need Fdisk for when installing XP is do whip the MBR
 
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Win 95 All Nonbootable
Win 98 Full edition = Bootable
Win 98 SE Upgrade = Nonbootable
Win ME Full Edition = Bootable
Win ME Upgrade = Nonbootable
W2K All are bootable
Win XP All are bootable
 
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