Can't install xp

January 14, 2009 at 22:52:56
Specs: Windows XP, 1ghz/1gb
I was running xp sp3. Then I foolishly used partition magic to consolidate drives. After doing so I wiped everything since I could not access any partitions or data. I inserted boot cd but can only get to dos prompt. I tried runnint winnt from cd but get out of memory error. I created a partition using fdisk and put entier i386 folder there. Tried running winnt from there but received the out of memory error again. My c: drive shows 2047Mb status a, pri dos, fat16b (bigdos >32 Mb). This is a laptop with a gb of ram and 100 gb hard drive. Don't know why it only shows 5977 Mb free space. Can't install any xp os. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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#1
January 14, 2009 at 23:26:42
XP has no DOS Prompt, has no MS-DOS.

Boot off the XP CD and follow the instructions to install during install you can create partitions.


FYI WINNT needs to be run from pure MS-DOS, not XP Command Prompt...


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#2
January 15, 2009 at 06:19:04
Thanks for the follow up and sorry for not being clear.

I have no OS whatsoever. I have used a bootable cd that starts a program called Dr-DOS and have been trying to install WINNT from the other files I have placed on that cd (without the DR-DOS I get an error message that says "cannot load DOS). I cannot boot off the XP CD (even though in the BIOS boot menu the cd-drive is listed first).

Still need help. Thanks!


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#3
January 15, 2009 at 10:31:11
What kind of XP CD is it?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#4
January 15, 2009 at 10:34:21
I have tried an xp sp3 and an xp home.

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#5
January 15, 2009 at 10:57:22
OEM? Recovery? Retail? You need to be more specific.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#6
January 15, 2009 at 12:24:33
Sorry about not being more specific. I was using an oem disc but it couldn't read it for some reason. I was able to make an iso image of it and burned it to a cd. It is now installing. Thank you all for your help. This forum is a lifesaver!

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