Solved Terminating XP installation half way thru

November 29, 2011 at 14:08:15
Specs: Windows XP
Recently my laptop disk crashed. Luckily I had a backup of everything I wanted, but not the operating system (Windows XP).

No problem, I had the install disk!

So I bought a new HDD and installed it, then loaded the CD and away we went.
But when it came to putting in the key, I realised I had used the wrong disk (from another PC) and I did not have the correct key for that disk.

No problem, I also had the correct disk.

So I loaded it in and tried to continue the install, but it keeps going back to the point where the original install was terminated and asking for that disk. I have tried to put in the new disk, but the install does not accept it.

How can I terminate the install on start-up so I can switch to the correct CD?


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November 29, 2011 at 15:16:49
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Your going to have to format the partition it was installed on and start again.

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November 29, 2011 at 15:32:46
Yes, I realise that, but I can't do anything as on start-up the computer goes straight to "continue installation". Then asks for the original cd.

How can I get to the stage where I can format the HDD?

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December 4, 2011 at 15:49:26

I changed my HDD config from SATA to something else (can't remember what but it is the other option in hardware setup). Then I booted up from my other WIN set-up disk and formatted the hdd (QUICK FORMAT).

I then shut down the laptop and re-started it, changed my HDD config back to SATA, and re-booted the laptop with the correct WIN CD in the drive. I them did a complete format of the HDD and all is well.

Then booted from

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