My PC has gone kaput and a pal sold me his for a reasonable fee. Only problem is that it has Win 2000 installed and I want to use XP. When I place the XP disc in the drive and boot from CD, it doesn't see the boot record and continues into 2000. Any ideas what to do?
The first monochrome (DOS-like) screens whiz by and then - "Verifying Boot record Boot from CD:" (no CD in my drive of course) Screen goes black and soon shows the XP logo etc.
Two things for you to be sure of. 1 the XP installation disk is genuine
2 The BIOS must look for a CD first, before looking at any information on the HD - (W2K) Do another check on the BIOS settings and be really sure your CD ROM is set as 1st Boot device. If the computer is left like this, it will add almost no time at all to a normal boot-up.
I'm mystyfied. Have put the XP disk in anotherPC and sees it and requests 'press any key to load etc' so disk is OK. The original CD drive is seeing the disk but not finding the boot record. Stumped at the moment!