winxp installation issues

April 15, 2010 at 23:19:47
Specs: Windows XP
I've installed winxp on my machine many times. But now it does not load some files. For example, when I get the screen where it says your installation will take approx 39 min, a window pops up and says to insert win service pack 1, which is included on my cd. I've gotten as far as 9min left and it froze. I don't know what to do, could it be the dvd rom, even though I've used it to install win many times?

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#1
April 16, 2010 at 03:25:41
Have u already tryed to install windows XP with an other image?

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#2
April 16, 2010 at 04:20:02
Try giving the CD a wash with warm, soapy water, then dry it thoroughly (being careful not to scratch it). For some reason, Windows XP install disks don't get along well with dust or dirt. In all my years of popping CD's into computers, I've never had this problem with anything, other than (genuine) Windows XP disks. Heck, I could leave my Windows 98SE disk in the bottom of the birdcage (I don't know why I would), and it'd still work.

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#3
April 16, 2010 at 05:59:26
I went to a friend's house to use his cd rom, I managed to install win xp, but I can't install my video drivers because of windows file protection. When I enter my orginal win cd it says that its not the right cd or that the cd rom isn't working, but I'm using the same rom I used to install win xp. Also, if I have the win xp cd in the drive when I reboot, it doesn't go past boot from cd screen.

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#4
April 16, 2010 at 06:25:21
Also, when I boot with another cd of win xp it just sits in the black screen before the click any key to boot from cd, and nothing happens. The only way to get into windows is to take the cd out. My dvd rom and cd rom read when they want to, could it be that ribbon thing that connects to the rom and motherboard?

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#5
April 16, 2010 at 14:36:09
Now that you have installed, go into BIOS and reset the boot order so the hard drive is before the CD drive if you want it to default to the hard drive even if you have a bootable disk in the CD drive (OR just make sure there is never a Bootable disk in the drive). You can get your drivers from computer manufacturer's website if it is from a major manufacturer, or from the motherboard and video card manufacturer's websites if it is not. You can boot to safemode with networking if you are having trouble and windows will use basic VGA video drivers (BIG icons) until you download the drivers, install, and reboot.

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#6
April 16, 2010 at 16:17:32
sounds to me like you didn't use the same type of install disc. If you have a xp home CD installed, you have to use an XP home CD and vice versa....pro=pro.
You cannot mix and match.

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#7
April 16, 2010 at 16:39:10
I have an original XP pro sp1
But in order to get my pc working I had to install windows from another cd and from inside windows (not clean install) everything seems to be working fine now. Thanks for all your help.

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