Dell Optiplex GX260 computer wont boot into Windows XP Pro.

  Aitchbee 13:44 05 Jan 2012

Everything was OK, until I (foolishly) inserted a Microsoft Windows 95 CD-ROM Setup Boot Disk. Somehow I have disturbed the startup procedure and now can't boot up Windows XP Pro.

The screen now says:-

Starting Windows 95...

TOSHIBA Enhanced-IDE CD-ROM Device Driver (ATAPI) Version 2.01 (C) Copyright Toshiba Corp. 1995. All rights reserved.

Not find CD-ROM drives.

Microsoft OEM Software Preload Utility

OEM Preload is connecting to the reference system

Device driver not found: 'CARRERA'.

No valid CDROM device drivers selected

OEM Preload is transferring the files

Invalid drive specification

0 File(s) copied

An error has occured while transferring the files to the target machine.

Preload integrity is compromised, unable to continue.

Press CTRL+C

When I press CTRL+C screen asks Terminate batch job (Y/N)?

If I select 'Y', I end up getting prompt C:\FACTONLY>...

How can I get my computer working again?

Thanks for reading my post. All suggestions will be gratefully received.

  birdface 13:56 05 Jan 2012

Had an old Dell Optiplex to fix for my daughter and what happened was it changed the start device.

After help from this Forum I was told to check and found out it was starting from Floppy although there were no floppy drive on it.

So had to go into the Bios look for Floppy drive and disable or remove it.

Worked fine after that.It might not be your problem but worth a look if you are bored.

  Aitchbee 14:13 05 Jan 2012

buteman - I just did what you suggested.

Disabled the floppy and removed it from 'boot sequence' in Bios.

I'm still getting the same message. I think my 'C' drive. startup files have been changed.If only I could undo the changes.

I have tried to do a system restore with a bootable CD 'VCOM' utility. It looked promising, but unfortunately I still get the same message, on starup.

  lotvic 15:01 05 Jan 2012

May be something in the manual that will help

[this is quick post as have to go in the loft now to sort stuff out... :(]

  birdface 15:06 05 Jan 2012

Not sure if this is correct or not.Chap with 2 operating systems on his computer and was told to go into msconfig then open boot.And if there were 2 operating systems on there to remove one.

now that was on the helproom within the last 2 or three days and whether it worked or not I know not.

  Aitchbee 15:50 05 Jan 2012

Thanks lotvic and buteman:-

When I booted a genuine XP upgrade disc to fix (hopefully) my problem, I was confronted with a screen displaying two windows installations.

(I had already been to the 'Welcome to Setup' - and had chosen 'To set up Windows XP now, press Enter.'

After pressing F8, to agree to the Licensing Agreement, the next page asked me to insert a genuine Windows product as 'It could not find a previous version of Windows installed on your computer....'

After inserting a genuine disc (windows 98SE)..the next page indicated

38163 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]

D: partition1 [NTFS] 38154 MB (14299 MB free)

C: partition2 [FAT32] 30130 MB (30130 MB free)

I have options to set up windows xp on either partition, or delete either partition. This is where I decided to quit (F3), as I don't want to lose original files/drivers on main hard drive, for now.

..perhaps deleting the [FAT32] partition 'might' be the answer to my problem?

I know I only had one partition before things went 'HAYWIRE' - 40gb 'C' drive. [NTFS]

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:51 05 Jan 2012

Has it got a floppy drive?

It takes just one floppy disc,

First format a Floppy disc

Run type Format A: /u

Then open Notepad and copy and Paste this

[boot loader] timeout=-1 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, first partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, second partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, third partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, fourth partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, first partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, second partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, third partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, fourth partition" /sos C:\="Previous Operating System on C:\"

Save as

in Notepad as BOOT.INI

Then in search find


Add these to the floppy disc

you can now try starting your computer with the floppy disc

  Aitchbee 16:19 05 Jan 2012

buteman - I will go down that road, ie delete the [FAT32] partition to leave me with the [NTFS] partition, and a working computer. (Fingers crossed)

But first, I will physically take out the hard drive and 'backup the contents'.

I will let you know how I get on. Thanks again.

(ps. can I backup the hard drive to a USB drive, from a DOS prompt?)

  Aitchbee 16:26 05 Jan 2012

Fruit Bat - Your solution might be a good 'un.

I will construct that floppy and boot it up I have to go out at the moment.


  Aitchbee 16:35 05 Jan 2012

Fruit Bat - can I construct the XP floppy boot disc using my laptop (Xp home edition) and an external USB floppy drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:01 05 Jan 2012


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