windows xp reload verification problem

  el jimbo2 17:56 22 Dec 2012

I am in the process of reloading win xp, and its virtually done.

My problem is that as it restarts it asks for verification, I press the yes option, and then nothing happens. I cannot actually get into windows. My windows xp is legitimate and I put in the genuine key during the installation process earlier.

I cannot re-install as it will no longer boot of the win xp disc.

  rdave13 18:00 22 Dec 2012

What was the problem so that you needed to reinstall XP originally? Could be the hard drive failing.

  Ian in Northampton 18:10 22 Dec 2012

A random thought... I've spent the last hour reinstalling XP (Ninite is currently running...) My heart sank when, after the reinstall, I got an error saying "error loading operating system". Fortunately, just before I did the install over again, I remembered that some PCs will try to boot off the USB drive if there is one - and I'd inserted one with the drivers on it. I removed the USB drive - and the PC happily booted. I guess what I'm saying is - your problem couldn't be being caused by a USB drive, could it?

  rdave13 18:18 22 Dec 2012

That's a good one Ian in Northampton.

  lotvic 18:59 22 Dec 2012

Do you mean it asks for Activation? (not verification)

if so tell it no, you will activate later (when you have got the internet connection set up)

  bumpkin 19:02 22 Dec 2012

Will it boot from the HDD if you remove the CD?

  el jimbo2 19:33 22 Dec 2012

Hdd is new.

No usb drive connected.

Yes it is asking for activation.Normally I say no and it will give me 30 days for activation. Now it will not let me log on untill it activates.

It is not booting off the cd at all, whether cd is in or not makes no difference.

Internet connection is rj45, and working fine before the re=install.

  rdave13 19:54 22 Dec 2012

Can you reformat the drive, in a caddy, using another PC?

  el jimbo2 20:00 22 Dec 2012

rdave13, I don't know how to do it.

I don't want to damage another pc.

  rdave13 20:20 22 Dec 2012

Remove the drive then boot up to see if you get any errors from the bios. If you get something like 'no boot media' then it will be the hard drive that has problems.

  lotvic 21:10 22 Dec 2012

or with the cd set as first boot device you could 'press any key' at bios prompt to boot from the cd-drive instead of letting it try to boot into the messed up xp hard drive install.

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