i recently upgraded from win 98 to xp and changed file system to ntfs, i have today tried to then install win xp pro edition and halfway through got a fatal error, the machine will now only boot to xp pro and this error and i cant do anything else. ive tried the win xp disc(home edition) to try and get a boor disk but i really am stuck as i need desperately to format the hard drive....any help please....thanks
i cant boot from the xp cd it just goes straight to xp pro and the fault i get no other options even though the xp home cd is in cdrom, therefore i cant get to a command prompt, there must be another way around this....help...help
Try going click here and download the set up disk program for XP Pro you will need 6 floppy disks.
Place the first in the PC and boot with it...it will ask for the rest in turn. Choose Setup and you will be asked which partition to load it to....choose the option to format the partition and then load XP. You may need to set the option of First boot Device to floppy in the bios...but try it first.
in them bios its set to boot from floppy but by preesing f8 on start up i can change the sequence, the thing is ive a laptop running xp and did a start up floppy disk and tried that on th eother machine but got a message 'invalid disk'... ????