|"...YES, I said DVD since while XP comes on a CD, Vista (like Windows 7) I am pretty sure would not fit on a CD and comes on a DVD disk."|
That was totally unnecessary as I'm sure you were aware that "CD" was being used as a generic term.
As far as saving the boot order and powering down the PC. Yes, we did both. Several times. We also tried pressing any key repeatedly as you suggest above. That did not work. It would not allow booting to the disk. Maybe I should clarify that. It was actually booting to the disk drive. However because the installation was still in process it was repeatedly going back to the point where it left off and that was the point where it asked for the registration code which it would not accept as valid for the install. So quite simply, we had to go forward. We were going to remove the drive and reformat it on another PC, but after much searching we finally found an XP reg code that would allow us to finish the installation. Then because we were unable to get windows to then allow the installation of updates, in the end we updated it to win7.
I liked my win XP. I'm sure it was past time for me to give in and upgrade. I think after repeated use of my XP disk on updates and upgrades to my PC I must have worn the disk out. :)
Anyway, I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your advice and input. It was greatly appreciated. Your responses were prompt and helpful. I love the site and I'm sure, will use it in the future.
...riider, thanks for the link to changing the reg code.