Hi, I installed XP some years ago and can't remember whather this was a clean install or win 98 upgrade. Recently decided to change Computer and give old one to in laws. Xp had been throwing a few problems so I transferred necessary data to new machine and formatted slave HDD. i then tried to install XP and was told that the version that I was trying to install is older than the version already installed. I removed the primary HDD and replaced it with the slave (maxtor 160GB) set BIOS to boot from CD but kept getting NTLDR missing. Copied a boot program to USB flash drive and system now gets to blue screen "Windows setup" but does not display options at bottom of screen. It just locks up.
Formatted original master disk using low level format. Tried to format in windows following this and after running all night received a message that windows is unable to complete the format. I am happy to install with one HDD as there is probably more storage than my in laws need but desperately need help to install XP in order to set computer up for them.
hi, Sorry this is not a solution.A lot has happened since but the version message that you first received is the message that can be seen if a recovery disc is used for a repair instead of a clean install.This can happen if R is pressed instead of ESC in the Windows Home Edition Setup window.I suspect that you should have pressed ESC and then formatted C:\drive on the primary HDD.
Hi, Place a drive set to master on the END of the ide cable Set BIOS to boot of cdrom/dvdrom make sure no usb drives are connected or floppies in drives Boot from xp disc (must be xp disc not a restore disk) remember to hit a key when it says boot from cd This should start loading xp
Found an old 40GB HDD set it to master and put it on the end of the IDE cable. BIOS set to boot from CD-Rom No USB or floppies connected Boot from XP disk.... System hangs after I press any key on "press any key to boot from CD" prompt. I think that I may have damaged my XP disc. Back to the drawing board!
I had this problem many years ago when it said that NTLDR was missing. I simply used an old 98 install disc and inserted this into the CDRW and then it copied the NTLDR files and it was then simple to install XP This could be caused by the XP disc becoming slightly scrachted or dirty