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Trying to reboot to reinstall xp

Screen says selected boot drive not available help

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  • radonna Dec 20, 2008

    i hit delete key when rebooting.  i am not sure where i was and i turned  off computer.  i am lost



  • tougerthor May 11, 2010

    are you in the boot sequence? give me a list of your available options in the boot sequence

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Try rebooting with the Windows installation cd in the drive.

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