Solved How to install windows to computer with no OS

October 12, 2010 at 15:47:49
Specs: windowsxp/dos, AMD 64 Hp Pavillion dv6130eu
IM having problems installing windows onto a hp laptop using dos. I'm mainly an apple user so i really don't know much about pc's. I inherited this laptop with a fried hard drive so i stuck in a new one and now im having trouble installing windows xp from cd. I booted the laptop from the cd and it goes into dos. Then I type 'fdisk' and create a primary partition. It asks me if i want large disk support. I hit yes. Then it proceeds to partition the drive and verify it. It tells me that it is partition was successful and to reboot. I do this. Next i type 'format c:/s'. then it says 'Warning all data on disk drive c will be lost. Proceed with format y/n?' I hit y. Then it says 'invalid device parameters from device driver' Anyone know what the problem is? I have searched and searched but cant seem to find the answer. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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#1
October 12, 2010 at 16:42:45
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So you're trying to install Windows XP, right?
In general, a Windows XP installation CD is bootable and boots up into the installation routine.
If yours boots into DOS, it makes me asking, where you got this CD from.

Anyway, you can change to the i386 folder on the cd and type in winnt.
This should bring up the normal installation routing, so that you can install Windows.

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#2
October 12, 2010 at 18:42:24
Yeah if you boot from a real XP cd it'll go into the setup process on its own and not leave you at a dos prompt. Also FDISK is not an XP command--it's only for dos and win 9X, although you can install XP on a partition less than 32 gig that was created with FDISK from a non-XP OS.

Hard to tell what the cause of the error is but probably has something to do with what's loading in the disk's config.sys and autoexec.bat. Or the commands on the disk are cobbled together from different OS's.

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#3
October 12, 2010 at 21:48:26
Try pressing F5 or F8 as it boots. One bypasses config and the other is 'selective'. Can't remember which.


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#4
October 13, 2010 at 02:19:12
'Anyway, you can change to the i386 folder on the cd and type in winnt' I dont know how to do this. Im not sure exactly where the cd came from its a copy.
Would it help if i listed the contents of the directory?


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#5
October 13, 2010 at 03:03:46
Mikeydb

try to trace the boot process of the CD and make sure, that a CD driver gets loaded.

You wrote, the CD brings you to a DOS prompt.
In that case, I assume, the DOS prompt shows something like:
A:\>

If so, you have to change to the CD drive by typing:
d:
and press enter.
Maybe you have to use another drive letter, depending on how many drives are installed to the pc.
If d: isn't correct, simply try e: f: g: one by one.
When you're at the CD drive, type in the following 2 commands and hit the enter key:
cd \i386
winnt

Report back the result.

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#6
October 13, 2010 at 03:09:10
At the prompt, type this then press ENTER.

dir \i386\*.exe

My bet is there is no winnt.

But before we waste much more time, since you're a Mac person who clearly is lacking DOS ability, why are you trying to format with DOS?

At some stage you'll need to run the Windows setup which will take you through the partitioning & formatting.


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#7
October 13, 2010 at 03:52:52
Mechanix2Go

what makes you thinking, that there is no WinNT.exe in \i386 ?
When starting WinNT.exe from the CD at the dos prompt, it starts the normal windows setup program.

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#8
October 13, 2010 at 04:04:32
"what makes you thinking, that there is no WinNT.exe in \i386 ?"

Since it's a DOS disk, it's unlikely in the extreme that it would have the i386 directory. But ya never know.


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#9
October 13, 2010 at 07:17:05
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348

Bugger all MS-DOS related......


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#10
October 13, 2010 at 18:19:25
You could type VER and enter at the dos prompt. That would tell us what dos version we're dealing with.

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