Booting from reload cd supplied by computor maker get the initial screen off cd but when I press r as instructed get countdown of ten after which xp boots.No problems with either of drives that I have both working normally
it seems to me that you are using a automatic recovery cd instead of a microsoft xp disk..
when you insert the xp disk it will ask you to press any key to boot from cd, from there you will see 3 options: 1:to set up windows xp press enter 2:to repair a windows xp installation using recovery console press R 3:to quit setup press f3
if you want to format your hd you should press enter for option 1 it will then ask you toread the licence and then press f8. it will then give you to options to choose from: to repair or to install a fresh copy of xp. you should pick to install a fresh copy. then it show you the partitions you have on you p.c. you can ether delete the existing partition and make a new one or use the existing one by pressing ENTER. it will then warn you about installing multiple operating systems on one partition, but just press C then it will let you into the format screen.
had to fork out for oem of xp as it was not possible to get reload disc supplied by computor manufacturer to work.I am inclined to think this has something to do with sp2 as used reload disc previously with no problems.Thanks to all who offered possible solutions
Did you buy any qualifying item of hardware which is now installed on the PC with the copy of OEM XP. If not it is illegal. Microsoft do not permit the selling and buying of OEM products except from a certified system builder, and only with a new PC or qualifying hardware. OEM discs cannot be sold individually, or buy anyone who is not certified by Microsoft.
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