HP recovery discs won't boot win xp past 50%.

Hewlett-packard Compaq presario v6000z n...
January 26, 2011 at 22:44:44
Specs: Windows xp, 2g (?)
I have an older HP and I wanted to wipe everything clean and start over. Using the XP recovery discs that came with it I can not get past 50%. Also now when I try to do a regular reboot I get the error "inf file txtsetup.sif is corrupt or missing status 14" so I can't go in and do a normal system recovery like I should have... but I didn't think I would have trouble getting past the 50% mark because I've did this on this machine once or twice before. Any help as to how I shoot boot up is appreciated. I also have an xp boot disc to get me to cmd prompt if I need to be. My DOS is really fuzzy and I couldn't get anywhere using it. Thanks.

I also tried using an Ubuntu build and it won't boot off of it even when I change the boot order to boot from cd... So I can't install ubuntu just until I get something else.

Also this last time that I removed the disc (9 hrs of waiting... the time before it went all night until it shut off o its on) I jotted down the error message: cannot open x:\PRELOAD\BASE_11.inp:o I don't know if that's the same one every time or not...

See More: HP recovery discs wont boot win xp past 50%.

Report •

January 27, 2011 at 03:10:46
Most likely reason for hanging during install is dirty / scratched CD. This could also give the error you described regarding corrupt or missing file. Are there any paw prints on the disk?

Report •

January 27, 2011 at 03:46:32
did you burn the ubuntu cd? probably burned it as a plain data cd and didn't make it bootable.


Report •

January 27, 2011 at 11:20:09
I've created a disc which I THOUGHT was bootable... https://help.ubuntu.com/community/B... and my info on the disc matches the config seen here... so it should be right, but it doesn't seem to be working. At the end of the burning process (I burnt a 2nd one to see if I did it wrong the 1st time) it says something about not being able to finish which is to be expected on slim line drives or laptop drives, which is all that I have. The startup discs DO have a few scratches but nothing that looks that bad. I've tried wiping them off and it doesn't help. I have some OLDER sys recovery discs from a laptop that's about 4 yrs older, but those won't even boot it up. I should be able to hold F11 and boot f/ the recovery partition but it won't allow me to do that either. Instead it just beeps like if you had a sticky key held down.

Report •

Related Solutions

January 27, 2011 at 12:01:44
One of the HP disks is probably an XP re-installation CD - that one you can boot the computer with to install Windows - any other HP disks are probably not bootable. The files and folders on the XP re-installation CD are exactly the same as the files and folders with the same name that are on a regular OEM XP CD that has the same SP updates, or no SP updates, integrated into it, for the same version, Home or Pro, except a few of the OEM.* files have different internal content, so you can use that CD the same way you use a regular XP CD, but probably only with your HP model because of the non standard OEM.* files.

You should NOT get ANY errors reading the files from that XP CD.

If you DO get errors reading files from the CD,

See Response 7 in in this,

starting at


"Errors reading from the CD can be caused by....."

If the second stage of XP's Setup does NOT complete

See response 7 and response 9 in this:

Report •

February 11, 2011 at 03:30:57
If this disc has worked in the past but it doesn't now, then most likely either the cd is scratched or the hard drive is corrupt/old. Get a new cd and hard disc and start again..

Report •

Ask Question