Need help building PC

  bearpot 18:20 12 Oct 2004

I regularly fix and upgrade my mates computer and a couple of days ago he asked me to build a barebones pc for him but it has to have access to the internet and has to have Win Xp Home/pro. Im alright with the internet thing, but when it comes to windows im not sure. I have an Windows XP Pro disc, but i have lost the start-up floppy disc. When installing windows on to the blank hard drive, do i need a start-up floppy disc to get into the setup for windows
Any help would be appreciated


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:25 12 Oct 2004

enter BIOS - set first boot to CD ROM - save and exit rebbot with XP CD in drive and follow on screen instructions to install XP.

  Diemmess 18:26 12 Oct 2004

Assuming the XP disk is his own, then arrange the BIOS to boot from CD and you're away!

  dfghjkl 20:36 12 Oct 2004

if it is a new xp disc you would know that there is no floppy with it and that it boots from the cd when the bios is changed to boot from cd before the hard drive.if it is an xp disc that has been used on another pc you might have problems registering it,you wont be able to do it if it is already in use on another cant get sp1 or sp2 untill you register the xp disc.

  Completealias 20:41 12 Oct 2004

XP pro doesn't require product activation so installing on a 2nd pc won't b a prob. The second pc may have problems updating via windows update etc due 2 product key. If you check out the microsoft website you can find a download for the floppy set up disks, but like others have said if it is a bootable cd then switch 2 boot from CD in BIOS

  dan 11 21:52 12 Oct 2004

When you have installed the X\P system, make sure you install the blaster patch click here before you connect the new machine to the internet.

You can copy on to your machine and write it either to a floppy or cdr.

Good luck.

  bearpot 17:14 14 Oct 2004

Thanks to everyone who helped solve this problem


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