Cancel re-install of Windows XP?

May 15, 2012 at 11:13:00
Specs: Windows XP
Hi folks.

I was in the process of a Windows XP install but have decided against it, at the point where it asks me to insert the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 CD. (A CD which I no longer own.) Is there any way to cancel the installation process at this point? On the left of the screen it tells me I have 39 minutes of setup left to complete and the boxes are checked up to and including "preparing installation."

Thank you for your help


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#1
May 15, 2012 at 11:21:44
If its at that point now, then your stuck. Cause that means it has most likely formatted your hard drive and as of right now, its just waiting on the CD.

I would continue on with the installation and if you can't find the CD or a CD of the same OS, I would purchase Windows XP w/SP3 and restart the install over again from the bios.

I hope this helps!

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
http://www.sbccrew.com
Serving the South Bay Since 1999


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#2
May 15, 2012 at 11:26:59
Thanks for the speedy reply, Jonas. Even when I try rebooting the computer it resumes at the same stage. So you're saying there's no way to revert back to before the installation began?

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#3
May 15, 2012 at 11:30:57
Probably not.. you're going to have to install something else from scratch if you're wanting to get Windows back on it and running. If you tried to install Windows XP w/SP2, your only option from here to get what I mentioned and install that, because that is the only newest Service Pack released OS from the one you got.

If your computer is over four years old, I would not recommend Windows 7..

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
http://www.sbccrew.com
Serving the South Bay Since 1999


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#4
May 15, 2012 at 11:54:38
I'm confused - how can you start the installation of XP without the disc? Please explain more clearly what you're doing, your system specs, & which XP disc you're using (if any). There's no backing out of what you started. You're going to have to wipe the drive & start the install all over again from scratch.

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#5
May 18, 2012 at 04:22:25
I moved house recently. Been a busy few days and had to stop half way through. Must have mislaid the disc in transit.

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