Doing my head in!!!!

Hewlett-packard / Pavilion zd8000 (el017ea#...
April 23, 2009 at 00:47:42
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3.192 GHz / 1022 MB
My mum got a new laptop so I told her how to format the hard drive in her old one before throwing it away. I then decided I’d like a second laptop as I already have one so I had it instead. I thought I’d do a clean install of windows on it but have run into problem after problem like NTLDR missing, BOOTMGR missing and no boot sector on hard drive. I’ve changed the order of boot in the BIOS to look at the cd drive first but every disk I try doesn’t seem to want to boot. I’ve tried fdisk, fixboot and fixmbr but no command seems to work. Does anyone have any other ideas before I launch this laptop out of the nearest window?

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April 23, 2009 at 00:57:56
Are you trying to boot with genuine XP CDs?
Does the CD Drive work?

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April 23, 2009 at 03:43:33
Yes I've tried genuine and the other sort and the cd drive does work. I've tried to install Vista and it will get so far and then say there are some files missing and cant complete the install.
What are the files needed on the c drive to enable it to boot.

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April 23, 2009 at 05:29:03
Appears that your XP CD is a non-bootable CD, as in the case of some people.
Likely you do not have a floppy drive.
How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks (floppy)
That is for if XP CD is non-bootable.

One or more of the following will list the files you ask about ---
How to use System files to create a boot disk to guard against being unable to start Windows XP
Creating a boot disk for an NTFS or FAT partition
HOW TO: Create a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition in Windows XP

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