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Sounds like it is trying to boot from a lan or someplace other than your
hard drive. Make sure you don't have a music cd or movie dvd in the
cd/dvd drive. Turn the computer off then turn it back on and the screen
for which key it says to hit to Change The Boot Sequence or Boot Order,
then hit that key. You have to hit the key when you see the message or
it will not work and you will have to reboot and start over. Select the
Hard Drive as the boot device and let it boot up. If you are
successful then each time you boot you will need to do this process
unless you make it a permanent change.
To make a permanent change to the boot process turn the computer off,
then turn it back on and watch the screen for which key it says to hit
to get into the Bios or System Setup, then hit that key. You have to
hit the key when you see the message or it will not work and you will
have to restart and boot again. Once you are in the Bios or System
Setup look for any reference to Boot, Boot Sequence or Boot Order. It
might be a tab you you select at the top of the window. Change the boot
order to CD\DvD as 1st and the Hard Drive as 2nd. This is the normal
boot order so that if anything goes wrong with the hard drive, you can
boot from the cd/dvd by putting in a repair disk or operating system
disk. Just make sure you don't have a music cd, movie dvd or anything
in the cd/dvd drive when you boot. Save the settings and exit the Bios
or System Setup and Reboot.
Are you trying to install this OS (Operating System) , or is it already installed on a hard drive?
If you are installing it, make sure you change the boot order to the optical drive (DVD drive). If it's already installed, was it installed with an OEM disk? If yes, then you might need a new Windows XP disc. This is because, when using an OEM disc, if you change the hard drive or motherboard, it doesn't really work.
restart computer, hit del on boot... go to boot sequence in boot menu... rearrange it like .:>cd-> hard drive -> floppy.... cd must be first to boot from... put win xp or whatever os you are trying to install... hit f10 save configuration... computer will restart and ask you to hit some key to boot from cd .. and that is it.
Reformatting your hard drive means erasing your operating system.(OS). Therefore, you have to reinstall your operating system (Windows XP, Windows 7) After you reinstall your OS, you must also reinstall the software driver for sounds, and video. All software drivers must be compatible with your OS.
I doubt it is a virus as you have not indicated doing anything that a virus could have been transmitted to your system. The blue screen of death at boot up time simply means the files that find your operating system are not working properly. Specifically, if you want to Google them they are NTLDR (NT Boot Loader), Boot.ini (tells the system the name and location of your system) NTDETECT.COM (inventories your hardware) and HAL.DLL also monitors hardware. If you could get those three files on a disk-NTLDR, Boot.ini and NTDETECT.COM, then it would boot. They are located in the C:\ drive of any computer with windows but you have to release the hidden files button first...best thing to do is go to the Microsoft Knowledge Base at support.microsoft.com and research your error and those files..you're not the only one this has happened to so there may be a fix in the knowledge base. Besides its good practice to use the Knowledge Base as you can find out about any answer on windows there..good luck. Please rate this solutionl.
Have you done any setup to the new hard drive? Any new hard drive will come with no data on it. This means you will have to reinstall windows onto the new hard drive, or copy windows from your old hard drive(if it still boots up) using the CD that came with the hard drive. If your hard drive didn't come with the software, post which hard drive you have, and I can give you the link to download it.
Try and find the Windows CD's that came with your computer, and use them to reinstall it. If this was a name brand computer (like dell, or HP), then it will have come with some CD's (usually). Sometimes the restore is built into the old hard drive :-)
If this was a clone computer, you should have a legal copy of windows that was given to you.
usually when installation of windows fails is from more than one reason and lets hope that ur hard drive is not damaged (contains bad sectors).
try these steps :
1- use a different windows cd and a different cd rom if u can find one.
2- change the sequense of drives by changing their jumper positions and data cables ( master, slave)
3- try to clear cmos with the jumper located usually near the mainboards battery (short it for 3 seconds)
4- try ( low-level format) to ur hard drive and reinstall windows.
if the message is still seen then your hard drive could be seriously damaged.
1- the problem is a software problem your board and processor are ok.
2- the message you saw indicates curruption in the windows files its strongly recomended that you install a new copy of windows even if the erors could be recovered..
reformating your hard disk is necessary to reinstall a new coppy of windows.