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Trying to reinstall windows xp and not letting me

I uninstalled windows xp and reformatted the c drive and a drive and its not letting me reinstall windows xp

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  • sljw2006 Nov 20, 2008

    first time using this disk bought from walmart i now have a different problem i got it to start installing and a guy on here told me that the cd was a bad one because it wanted me to skip some files so i returned the cd and got a new one and now that i stopped it in the middle of installion when it boots up and says press any key to boot from cd i press it and it says setup is inspecting your computers hardware configuration and then restarts and if i dont press any key it says ntldr is missing press ctrl alt del to restart what do i do from here

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Since the system restarts during the inspecting hardware piece of the install some piece of hardware on the machine is causing a problem. You can try removing all cards, for example the Ethernet card, the sound card, if you have a dial up modem, unplug anything from the ports of the computer other than the monitor keyboard & mouse. You want to get down to only the motherboard & if you have a separate one a video card. Then install windows. Once you have windows installed you can add your cards back into the machine. If this does not work then sounds like a bad motherboard. Which if it is an XP machine not worth the money to fix it, so buy another one. Often your local thrift shops will sell used ones with XP on them for not to much. Or your local Walmart or computer store will be happy to sell you brand new.

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Do you have a XP installation disc? do you have a valid product number? (sometimes the product number is located on a sticker, depends if you brought the PC ready made)

Lastly how many times have you reinstalled the OS? if you have a OEM product code I think the limit of reinstalling the OS is 5 times, after then you have to speak to MS. although you have to have to reach the activate windows screen before this becomes an issue.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

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