install of windows xp in new pc

Custom / Whitebox
January 22, 2009 at 04:11:45
Specs: Windows XP, amd x2 6000/4gb
I just purchased a new desktop pc without an os.I am trying to install an oem version of win xp home sp2.when i turn on pc and put xp disc in cd drive nothing happens.I have installed op systems in past with no problem. Am i failing to do something because this pc has no prior os in it? Do i possibly need to change something in the bios to get the xp disc to boot up? Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

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January 22, 2009 at 04:23:00
ensure your pc is set to boot from cd/dvd

heres an example of a bios, & how to set up the correct boot sequence in the bios, yours will be similar.


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January 22, 2009 at 06:56:22
Is the OEM O.S. you are trying to install linked to that specific motherboard? If not, it will not accept the product key and thus won't install. OBTW, how/why did you buy a "new" PC without an O.S.?

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January 22, 2009 at 09:02:43
Thanks for the fast replies! I changed the boot priority in the bios and it works fine.

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January 22, 2009 at 10:38:25
"why did you buy a "new" PC without an O.S.?"

I wonder why people buy a PC 'with' an OS. It's cheaper, but when you do that, the OS is locked to that motherboard. If the motherboard dies or you want to upgrade, your OS software is obsolete and will not work with the new motherboard. That's not the case with an OS purchased from M$.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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