Installing os w/xp/pro

March 22, 2010 at 10:00:13
Specs: Windows XP PROFESSIONAL, AMD SEMPRON 2200+
I aquired a computer which does not have any books for information. It is a homebuilt unit. The units harddrive has been cleared so I need to put a new operating system on it. I have a new Windows XP Professional pack. Since it is a homebuilt unit there are no recovery disks and there are no boot disks. How can I get the operating system installed on the computer. Thanks Dave

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March 22, 2010 at 10:24:57

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March 22, 2010 at 10:33:16
If you have a Windows XP Professional CD you don't need any recovery disks. Everything you need to recover from a problem is there. The Windows CD itself should be bootable.

Just boot the Windows XP CD and follow the instructions therein.

Stuart


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#3
March 22, 2010 at 21:20:16
You should go into your BIOS set up screen to make sure that your CD drive is first in boot order. When you first boot to the XP disk, it should not be a problem since there is no OS in the HD, but after XP is partially installed, and it reboots, you need to make sure that it will boot back to the CD until Xp is fully loaded (or it will freeze).

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March 22, 2010 at 23:41:43
Thanks so much for your responses. I got the computer hooked up and then found that the harddrive was not clean, or reformatted as first stated. In fact when I went to try and reformat drive c: it locked me from doing so. There is an administrator password which of course no one knows. Now I can't even reformat this unit. It also has Win XP Pro as it operating system installed on it. I have the new one which I will put on it when I get it reformatted. I know from prior information that you cannot bypass the admin password but how can you reformat if you need the admin password before reformatting. By the way thanks for you help. I do appreicate it very much.

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March 23, 2010 at 03:49:34
You cannot format windows while windows is running. You need to boot from the CD as previously described and format it from there. No passwords required.

Stuart


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March 23, 2010 at 09:29:11
Start the computer....ignore any messages. Put the cd in and reboot.

If it does not boot from the cd and you cannot get into the bios F8 F2 ? because they are password protected remove the small battery (size of a quarter). Leave out for a few minutes then replace. Bios password should be gone.

If not there is a small jumper next to the battery. (flash light and magnifying glass) or good eyes. Remove ...wait... replace.

You might also try pressing and holding down the f2 thru f12 keys to see if a boot menu comes up and then select the cd.

Hope this is of some help


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