Solved Can't Install WinXP from CD

Hewlett-packard Pavilion dv4-2045dx note...
June 6, 2013 at 22:03:24
Specs: Windows XP, A8-5600K / 16GB RAM
I keep trying to boot Windows XP from the Disc, and when it gets to the "Press any key to boot from CD..." screen, I hit enter, and every time, I get the ntdetect missing error and the Laptop reboots. I have searched for answers but every single internet resource I can find regarding the issue says to reboot the computer from the CD, and copy the file over. Well I can't do that because the missing file prevents booting from the CD.

See More: Cant Install WinXP from CD

Report •


✔ Best Answer
June 7, 2013 at 13:38:03
"I only have 460MB free on a 40GB drive"

More than likely it's poor disk management on your part. Do you run a cleaner regularly? if not, download & install CCleaner-Slim, run the cleaner & remove everything it finds:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

Also, make sure the Recycle Bin is emptied. Then run thru the list of programs you have installed & uninstall anything you don't use or need.

Right click on the My Documents folder, click Properties, then click the General tab. What's the "size on disk"?



#1
June 7, 2013 at 00:53:27
Do you get that same error when booting from the hard drive--without the cd in? I'm thinking even though you're getting the boot from cd/boot from hard drive option it's trying to boot from the hard drive regardless of which option you choose.

The xp cd or dvd/cd drive may be failing so that although it's seeing a bootable cd in the drive it's not booting from it. Make sure the disk is clean and in good shape and maybe use a cleaning disk in the drive.

Do you have a second optical drive connected externally? In this thread the user was having that problem and needed to change the boot order to the other optical drive:

http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sh...

I'm also wondering about the ram. You're planning on installing xp on a laptop with 16 gig of ram? Is that a 64-bit XP version? Otherwise you're going to have problems--assuming you manage to get it installed.

Also about the ram, I've never heard of that preventing the 32 bit version cd from booting but I guess it wouldn't hurt to remove some ram and see if that makes any difference.

DAVEINCAPS - Made with REAL high fructose corn syrup.


Report •

#2
June 7, 2013 at 05:37:17
Sorry for the lack of clarification. I neglected to change that Computer infor. It is a Pentium 4 Laptop with 1GB of ram. The Laptop boots perfectly and works just fine. Problem is, we keep getting the "you are running very low on disk space c" error. I have hardly anything installed or any docs, but I only have 460MB free on a 40GB drive, and cannot find where it is at all. . So I was going to just start with a fresh WinXP Install.

P.S. Both the CDRom and the HDD work just fine..


Report •

#3
June 7, 2013 at 07:18:03
System Restore can consume a fair amount of hard drive space, and since it rarely works properly with XP anyway, many people disable it to free up the space.

Not recommended though unless and until you have put in place an alternative means of restoring your system, such as a disk image on an external hard drive or on optical discs.

Certain types of malware, or even bug-ridden legitimate software can also be responsible for consuming large amounts of drive space, though this is rare.


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
June 7, 2013 at 13:30:38
If you have ripped movies in the past, those large files will still be on the drive. Probably in the temp file.

Download and run the Ccleaner Slim cleaner module from the link below.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


Report •

#5
June 7, 2013 at 13:38:03
✔ Best Answer
"I only have 460MB free on a 40GB drive"

More than likely it's poor disk management on your part. Do you run a cleaner regularly? if not, download & install CCleaner-Slim, run the cleaner & remove everything it finds:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

Also, make sure the Recycle Bin is emptied. Then run thru the list of programs you have installed & uninstall anything you don't use or need.

Right click on the My Documents folder, click Properties, then click the General tab. What's the "size on disk"?


Report •

#6
June 7, 2013 at 15:03:33
Yeah, your best bet, especially under the circumstances, would be to try to clean it up.

As far as the original error message, if it otherwise boots OK to windows then the error must be referring to the XP cd (or the optical drive not being able to read it) instead of the hard drive. If you have any other bootable cds or DVDs you might try them and see if you get the same error.

DAVEINCAPS - Made with REAL high fructose corn syrup.


Report •

#7
June 7, 2013 at 15:58:22
Bwahahaha.. Lol. Thanks riider.. I will tell my Grandma, It's her computer. I dumped the Temp Folders, Cleaned and emptied recycle bin already. However, I found a folder called Software Distributions today that had 6.7GB of JUNK in it. I emptied it and now we are back to working well.

Report •


Ask Question