|Check the boot order settings in the bios Setup - there's probably something wrong there. E.g. on this computer you can set to boot from an internal hard drive or a hard drive in a bay |
I know from experience that you can boot from the Windows CD and get all the through Setup successfully even if the boot order settings are wrong, but when Setup is finished, if the boot order settings are wrong, THEN you have a problem.
"if I put the cd back in and let it boot without entering CD is boots from the harddrive fine... "
Some bootable CDs load automatically and when you don't press a key they default to booting from the hard drive, regardless of boot order settings.