I can't seem to reinstall windows xp....

December 5, 2010 at 21:52:23
Specs: Windows XP
I have windows system recovery discs, and an external dvd drive (I have a netbook so it doesn't have an internal disc drive.) I can only access my computer through safe mode, I can't log on normally. I inserted the disc into the drive and restarted my computer, but nothing happened. I booted in safe mode and explored the disc in my computer, tried to manually start the installer, and it didn't work. I'm so lost. Can anyone help me?

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December 5, 2010 at 21:56:52
You'll need to either access a boot menu by pressing a key at boot, or you'll have to go into the bios and alter the boot priority. Since the drive is external, you would probably have to set 'usb devices' to be the first boot device.

The boot menu would be the easier option if you aren't familiar with altering bios settings. If there is such a feature on your computer, there will usually be something on the screen at boot that says "press f12 for boot menu" or something like that.

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December 5, 2010 at 22:30:13
What is the make and model of your netbook ?

If you have an old model, your bios may not have the ability to boot from a USB drive of any type. OR, even if you do manage to boot from the USB DVD drive, if the USB drive model you're using is not one that came with the netbook, or was not one that was an option for the netbook you bought later, XP's CD can't recognize most models of USB optical drives, unless the brand name XP re-installtion CD has the proper info added to it so that it can do that. In that case, you need to use a different method to install XP, then you can install the software from other Recovery disks if you have any.

For more info, see response 5 in this, starting at
"If you still can't get that to work, there is a method you can use when you can't boot from the CD drive,....."

For most computers that have XP on them, the first (or only) Recovery disk is an XP re-installation CD - it can be used the same way as a regular XP CD.

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