Can't boot PC from Win XP CD

July 31, 2011 at 00:35:51
Specs: Windows XP Professional
Hi, I need BIG help here please!..I wanted to do a fresh installation of Win XP Pro but my PC didn't want to boot from the XP CD..I changed the BIOS settings, put all the boot sequence to CD-ROM, restart my PC and it kept booting from the HDD and the PC does recognize that there's an CD-ROM drive. Once the PC boot from the CD, I wanted to delete the partition and format the HDD but it says 'setup was unable to format the partition...' something like what I did was that I boot the PC from the CD, click 'R' to repair and in the command line I wrote 'format c:' and after that, I wrote 'diskpart delete C:' so I deleted the old partition, create a new one and when I wanted to install XP on it, I couldn't because the PC won't boot from the can I resolve this?


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July 31, 2011 at 07:01:16
go here:

download this and create a bootable cd:

boot from the cd, get to the desktop, open firefox and test.
post back

also, when you boot the cd, use the arrow key to highlight and choose the "run from the ram" option.

how much ram do you have??
maybe try temporarily disconnecting the HD and, just try running from the cd.


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July 31, 2011 at 07:04:04
Are you using a USB keyboard? Do you see a message to hit any key to boot to the CD? If so, you will need to at least temporarily use a PS/2 keyboard. Then in the BIOS screens, enabled legacy USB support.

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July 31, 2011 at 19:46:48
Larryf215, the link doesn't work..I have 512MB of RAM. I did what you wrote of disconnecting the HDD and try booting from the disk (didn't worked)

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July 31, 2011 at 19:50:25
OtheHill, I don't see that message when the PC tries to boot from the CD, I'm using a PS/2 keyboard. A little more information about how I'm trying to resolve my problem:

What I have:

-PC 1 (PC that have the problem)
-PC 2 (PC working perfectly)
-Original Win 95 CD
-Win XP Pro copy (downloaded from the MSDN it's an original Win XP burnt in a blank disk)

What I've done: (I change the BIOS settings and put CD-ROM as my first boot)

-change the HDD from PC1 to PC2 to make the installation from another PC (didn't worked)
-change the PC1 CD-ROM with the PC2 CD-ROM to see if the problem was the disc drive (didn't worked)
-Try booting PC1 HDD with PC1 CD-ROM drive using Win 95 CD (didn't worked)
-Try booting PC1 HDD with PC2 CD-ROM drive using Win 95 CD (didn't worked)
-Try booting PC1 HDD with PC1 CD-ROM drive using Win XP Pro CD (didn't worked)
-Try booting PC1 HDD with PC2 CD-ROM drive using Win XP Pro CD (didn't worked)
(to see if the problem was the CD)
-Try booting PC without the HDD using the CD (CD-ROM as first boot) (didn't worked)

What else can I do?

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August 1, 2011 at 05:33:57
Sounds like you may have not created a bootable CD. Win95 CDs are not bootable.

When you first start the computer you should see POST screens that show what hardware is being configured. If your hard drive/s and CD drive are not identified by model in those screens then you have either connected them wrong or they may not be enabled in the BIOS.

If you are using PATA (IDE) type devices are they both connected to the same cable?

Post the model of your computer or if custom built, the motherboard model.

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August 1, 2011 at 07:54:30
How can I create a bootable CD?...I didn't knew that Win 95 weren't bootable CD's, thanks for that info! hardware is identified in post screen, the name of it appears at the beginning...don't really know if my HDD's are connected to the same cable...this PC is custom made where can I see the mother board model?

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August 1, 2011 at 14:29:21
You can download the free version of SIW to find out about your hardware and software. Get it at the link below.

I don't know what file you may have legally downloaded from Microsoft so I can't say how you should have created the CD. Normally there needs to be some additional files copied to the CD to make it bootable but those may have been included.

Describe how you made that WinXP CDR.

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