Have fdisked a drive to reload xp and am going round in circles. Have tried using i 386 and winnt - at best this starts to load files (no smartdrv) then hangs.
I've repartitioned using Partition Manager's rescue disks but now get error message saying windows has got nowhere to put a swapfile. The six diskette boot disks recommended in previous posts crash on the first disk when it tries to assess current system- it just reboots. I can put this harddisk into another comp - but would this help as windows would presumably detect my SP2 version of windows and wouldn't let me load another version? Can anyone confirm the sorts of partitions I need on the blitzed disk? I'm guessing a dos primary and a logical drive - yet windows says it has nowhere to put a swap file. Help please!
You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS to make the CD the first boot device. Then watch the screen for the instruction to "Press any key to boot from CD". As ßeta says, you don't need DOS to install Win XP.
all I get is a 'cannot load dos' message.('setup won't run in dos' is the other message) Tried i 386/winnt and I get a message that Windows can find nowhere to put a swopfile. I think fdisk has done the damage so I may take Fruitbat's suggestion to put the drive in my other comp as a slave and use the xp disk management utility to nuke it again...unless there are other suggestions...? Thanks