my computer crashed and everything has gone. tried to reinstall windows xp pro but when i get to this part "Now as we are installing Windows XP Pro Edition Press Enter", when i press enter it says that it can not continue and press f3 to exit, anybody have any suggestions.
If you boot the pc into BIOS does the hard drive show up there?
I'm wondering if the hard drive has failed.
What exactly happened when the pc crashed?
Can you remove the hard drive and put it into another pc?.....see if that can read the data on the drive.If it can you could recover any data you need before continuing to reinstall Windows.If not then you need a new drive.
if i need a new hard drive, i have my xp pro disk but thats all, would i need anything else i.e boot up disk if so where will i get that from. i started up the computer and the screen went blue and would not do anything at alli tried to restart it about 10 times but got nothing.
do you think the old hard drive is u.s then. will i need some kind of boot up disk? or just put new hard drive in then my windows xp disk. the other drivers can these be added after i.e motherboard sound and graphics
It's possible that the hard drive is dead yes.....but that is by no means certain.
That's why I suggested putting it in another machine to see if that can read it.
If your XPpro is a full Windows disc then there are other things to try.
You could use the disc to boot the computer and use the recovery console to rebuild the boot sector of your drive click here
That might even get you back into widows....so worth a try.
If you do want to simply replace the drive then all the formatting and installation is done via booting from the Windows cd (Assuming it is a full Windows disc and not a recovery disc from a pc manufacturer).To get hold of the drivers for the motherboard you will need to know the make and model.Same goes for the soundcard and graphics.It would be best to have all the drivers to hand before you start to reinstall......it makes life easier.