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I'm quite sure you can install windows xp on your current laptop, but computer specifications do matter. Anyway, this is how you would do it:
1) Insert the windows xp cd or dvd and restart your computer.
2) When starting up your computer, you should get a screen with the manufactorer's logo. There usually is a bit of text in one of the corners of the screen that sais which key to press to go to the "boot menu" (unless you're on an apple computer at the moment, in that case google for "Boot Camp windows xp".)
3) Press this key while you see the screen mentioned above, and you will see a menu in which you'll have to navigate with the arrow keys.
4) As this is different for various manufacturers, look around in the menu a bit until you find something along the lines of "boot from cd"
5) Make sure you activate this, and restart your computer.
6) Now your computer should start up from the windows xp CD.
7) Follow the instructions of the installation.
8) Repeat step 2-4 and deactivate the boot from cd.
9) Done. You should have windows xp installed on your machine.
You need to change the boot order in bios so that the computer starts from CD-rom. Then if it still doesn't start the cd, make it so that it only starts from cd and not the hard drive.
if its still not working theres a problem with the cd try another one.
let me know how you get along with it.
you need to repair your xp by inserting the xp pro setup dvd and booting .
after you boot the dvd it will ask for press any key to boot
press the key it starts to boot and you will see a blue screen loading some setup files
after loading it will give three options and it will ask for setup or repair or quit
press enter, then press f8
it will search for any previous version of xp installed in your system(IMPORTANT : YOU NEED THE SAME VERSION OF THE SETUP DVD WHAT YOU HAVE IN SYSTEM ALREADY INSTALLED FOR EX: FOR XP SERVICE PACK 3 YOU NEED A XP SERVICE PACK THREE SETUP DVD)
MAKE SURE YOU THE SAME ONE
then after searching ,it will ask for repairing your winxp
and there you go it starts to replace all the system files but it doesnt affect your files or anything that you saved in your system no formating no changes just repairing and replacing it does
let me know if you have doubt :) thank you
1. Download and install TuneUp Utilities from the following link: Download TuneUp Utilities You can either purchase the full version or download 30 days trial version. After installation, run it from desktop or from Programs menu or by right-clicking on My computer icon and select "TuneUp Utilities" 2. Click on Customize Windows -> TuneUp Styler 3. It'll open a new window. Click on "Boot Screen" link in left-side pane 4. Now click on "Add -> Load Boot Screen From File..." option 5. Select your boot screen file and click on "Install Boot Screen" button 6. You can also create your own boot screens. To create new boot screen, click on "New Screen" button. It'll open a new window. Now click on "Search Local Drives" link and select the image. 7. Once you finish, click on "Save boot screen" link and provide a name to your boot screen. 8. You can even see the preview of the boot screen by clicking on "Show large preview" link or by clicking on the image in Preview pane 9. Your new boot screen is ready. You can apply it by clicking on "Install Boot Screen" button.
As the hard disk appears to be showing up when you boot up using the install disc, I would suspect that the system is somewhat corrupted. You could reinstall the system again and if you are happy starting from scratch and wiping the hard drive select this option failing that and there is some data on the imac you could install using the preserve user data. A fresh install should sort out any problems. Hope this helps.
With the OS X Installer CD in the drive, try booting your mac and holding down the option key immediately after you hear the start up chime. This will (hopefully) load a firmware boot loader that will show available start up discs. Hopefully the OSX installer will show up as CD Icon. Select the Icon with your mouse or keyboard and press enter to start up with the Installer CD. From the installer you should be able to erase and format the drive as Mac OS Extended before installing OS X.
If the computer still won't boot from the CD double check that it is a retail OS X installer CD. If your CD has "software restore" or "ibook restore" or any other varient of restore written on the label; or if it names a particular model such as "ibook install" or "imac install" it is not a retail copy and may not be a bootable disc. A retail copy will only name the version of the operating system followed by the word install written on it's label and usually have a brief instruction on booting from the CD by holding the C key at startup.
You should be able to do a SYSTEM RESTORE to a point before the XP Pro installation.
Start the machine and start tapping the F8 key until the boot menu is displayed. Use the arrow keys to highlight SAFE MODE and press enter. If you are given a menu to choose which Windows to boot into, choose the Home edition. Windows will load with the minimum drivers. Your screen display will be 640 X 480 and the icons will be large. You will eventually see a window advising you that you are in safe mode, click OK or NO. Click NO. That should open The System Restore function. Choose to restore the system to an earlier date. A calendar with be displayed. The BOLD dates are the ones that you can restore to. Choose a date that was before the date you tried to install XP Pro. Follow the prompts and the restore process will run and reboot your computer. Following the reboot, the installation will complete and Windows will open.
If you have installed a service packs or updates after the restore date you will need to install them again.
Good Luck! and please let me know how this works out for you.
You almost certainly have a virus. If you can't even get into safe mode the easiest way to fix it is remove the hard drive and back up any files on it with a different computer, then re-install Windows on the original drive.
You can try booting from your Windows XP installation disk and using the recovery console there to repair your installation. That's not too hard and I would say works 30% of the time.
restart computer, tap F8 immediately to get "Advanced mode", select Last known good configuration. Then uninstall the antivirus or disable it from the startup using msconfig. then you can restart the computer to find the issue has been resolved if it has been caused by the new program.