XP wont boot from cd

  m0ng00se132 11:10 24 Oct 2007

alright, I'm trying to reformat my hard drive and reinstall XP but if i put the CD in when im on the desktop it just says "can't install windows because i have a later version than thats on cd" but i want to boot FROM the cd and do it that way, but if i do leave cd in whilst its booting after being restarted it just boots from hard drive anyway when i want it to use the cd. i want a fresh install with nothing remaining on HD but i dont know how to do it,

btw the windows version is XP professional and its an OEM disc that came with my pc

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:21 24 Oct 2007

This is because you have XP SP2 and updates on the PC.

How far into setup does it go from the CD?

You need to remove all partitions.

Do you have a floppy drive?
If so boot from a floppy and format before running setup from the CD.

Or use ultimate boot CD to format click here

  crosstrainer 11:23 24 Oct 2007

To set your BIOS to booy from cd / dvd first.

To do this, hold down the DEL key (or sometimes f2) whilst the machine starts.

Look through th items until you find boot sequence.

Change this to first boot device cd / dvd.

insert windows disk and re-boot

Delete all partitions using the on screen instructions

Windows will re-install, you will lose all data on your drives though.

  m0ng00se132 11:50 24 Oct 2007

it doesn't access the CD at all, it skips it i think, and crosstrainer, i will try it now and be back.......

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