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My Hp Pavilion will not boot windows Xp all I get is, file is missing or corrupt. /Windows/inf/biosinfo.info Will not go into safe mode, or let me install Windows XP from cd, Do not have recovery disk

Could It be a bad hard drive, or in the bios perhaps

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William, LEAVE THE BIOS ALONE.

Could be bad harddive, or it could just be corrupted boot files on the harddrive.
You really DO need the Restoration Disk.

A moment if I may;

Next time you buy a computer; Laptop Or Desktop, and
IF it does not come with a Restoration Disk; when asked MAKE a Backup disk.

When a computer is new, and is fired up for the first time; you are asked if you wish to make a Backup Disk. THIS, is the Restoration Disk. Just has the Basic Windows files.

IF you click on 'Don't Show Me Again', or wait too long, the option is GONE.

In the US the Restoration Disk is free. The shipping and handling is not.
$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship, $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.
Call 800-474-6836
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

(I checked here in the States. {Called} The above still applies)

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html

For other countries use HP Support Worldwide, for the HP Support contact phone number,

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.html

(If you are not in the US William, I wonder if I could ask a favor. Can you tell me if the rates are comparable in the country you are in, and is it easy to get the Restoration Disk, or a hassle? I like to help people around the world, and feel this info may be beneficial )

When you get the Restoration Disk;
Go into BIOS Setup, and in Boot Options, set the first boot device to CDROM.

(CDROM will be moved to the top of the Boot Order list)

Your statement of, "....or let me install Windows XP from CD"

Full Installation CD?
Know this; Windows does NOT like to be written over, with the SAME build of Windows, or a lessor version.
(Lessor version for WinXP would be Win ME, Win2000, Win98SE)

BIOS Setup > Boot Order > First boot device is CDROM; will force Windows to boot from the CD.

AS SOON AS YOU PRESS the Power On button, start tapping on the enter BIOS Setup key. The key is displayed on the HP Invent logo page, at the Bottom. The enter BIOS Setup key for your Pavilion ZE4900 Notebook PC is F2.

(The window of opportunity goes by F-A-S-T. Using the above method will get you in )

Use the appropriate Arrow key, and highlight -> Boot Order
Use the Down Arrow key to highlight CDROM.
Look at the navigation guide at bootom, and right side.

Use the appropriate key to move CDROM to the TOP of the list.
May be the Minus ( - ) key, or Page Up/Page Down key/s.

When CDROM is at the top, press the Enter key.
-> SAVE CHANGES
IF, you do NOT save changes it will be like you have done nothing at all.
(You haven't)

May be a Y for Yes, or N for No, or Yes/No listed. Highlight Y, or Yes.
(Capital Y is just shown for clarity. Press the lower case y )

Then press the Enter key.

The laptop will restart. Open the optical drive tray, insert the Restoration Disk, close the optical drive tray.

Didn't work?
Press the CTRL key, ALT key, and DELete key AT THE SAME TIME.
This will restart the laptop, and Windows will boot from the Restoration Disk.

WHEN asked choose -> Repair. (Non-Destructive Installation)

IF, you choose Full Install, (Destructive Installation), you will WIPE ALL of your personal info off.
Photos, videos, music, programs/applications you have downloaded, and installed; programs/applications you have physically installed from disk/s; documents you have downloaded, or created.

If you have never entered BIOS Setup, or changed the Boot Order; the above may look intimidating to you.
Just post back in a Comment, and I will guide you. Post what you see, and what the problem is.

Harddrive is bad? Restoration Disk won't fix it. WILL put your basic Windows back on the NEW harddrive, however.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Posted on Nov 26, 2012

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SOURCE: I am in need to install recovery console

Here's How:
Boot From the Windows XP CD
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To enter Recovery Console in Windows XP, you will need to boot from the Windows XP CD.

  1. Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD... message similar to the one shown above.

  2. Press a key to force the computer to boot from the Windows CD. If you do not press a key, your PC will continue to boot to the Windows XP installation that's currently installed on your hard drive. If this happens, simply reboot and try to boot to the Windows XP CD again.
Press R to Enter Recovery Console
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When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console.

Choose the Windows Installation
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The Recovery Console is now loading but needs to know which Windows installation to access. Most users only have a single Windows XP installation so the choice is usually clear.
To the Which Windows installation would you like to log onto question, press 1 and then Enter.

Enter the Administrator Password
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The Recovery Console now needs to know the administrator password for this Windows XP installation. Unless you are using a PC in a sizable business network, the administrator password is most likely the same password you use to access Windows XP on a daily basis.
To the Type the Administrator password request, enter the password and press Enter.
Note: If you do not have a password or Windows XP normally starts without asking for one, simply press Enter.

Make Necessary Changes in Windows XP Recovery Console

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The Recovery Console is now fully loaded and the cursor should be sitting at the command prompt, ready for input, as shown in the screen shot above.
Make any changes necessary in the Windows XP Recovery Console. When complete, take out the Windows XP CD and type exit to restart the computer.

  1. When you reach the command prompt (detailed in Step 6 in the link above), type the following command and then press Enter.
    bootcfg /rebuild
  2. The bootcfg utility will scan your hard drives for any Windows XP installations and then display the results. Follow the remaining steps to add your Windows XP installation to the boot.ini file.
  3. The first prompt asks Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All).
    Type Y in response to this question and press Enter.
  4. The next prompt asks you to Enter Load Identifier:.
    This is the name of the operating system. For example, type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition and press Enter.
  5. The final prompt asks you to Enter OS Load options:.
    Type /Fastdetect here and press Enter.
  6. Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
    Assuming that a missing or corrupt boot.ini file was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.
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Posted on May 26, 2008

DarkmanUK
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SOURCE: Installing windows XP - Error encountered

Can you reboot and get into windows or is now corrupt?

What do you mean by 'uninstalled XP'??

You cant uninstall it unless you format the drive, in which case the recovery discs are now probably useless as they rely on a folder on the HDD called i386.

Recovery discs normally dont have the OS on them, they rely on the I386 folder to gather info about the computer and then restores it to the state when it was new.

If you can acess the system, reboot and go into the bios and change the boot sequence to CD, then insert the first recovery disc. then save the settings and the computer will reboot and start the recovery process again, this should clear up the error.

If it does not it will be because the i386 folder is missing in which case you can either explore the recovery discs for it or you will have to buy a copy of Windows XP.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008

mailtoravi
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SOURCE: XP on HP Pavilion dv2000

First of all, this Notebook is installed with SATA Hard Drive and the drivers for the SATA Hard Drive will not be available with retail versions of Windows XP by default.
I recommend you to try using different OEM versions of XP to install in your Notebook which should work.
Since the Notebook is preinstalled with Windows Vista, the XP Drivers for this Notebook are not directly available from HP.
I had searched some for you which should work.
Download the Drivers one after the other and save them with the name along with the Softpaq Number like the example given below :
Microsoft UAA_33566.exe
So that it will be easier for you to save them and identify.
Save the drivers in one location in the Notebook and double click them once the download is completed.
Make sure that you install the Microsoft UAA Drivers before installing the Audio or Modem Drivers.
Make sure that you install them in the same order I had provided them below :
You need to download the Intel Chipset Drivers for your Notebook from the link below :
http://downloadmirror.intel.com/16023/a08/infinst_autol.exe


Microsoft Universal Audio Architecture(UAA) drivers for High Definition audio :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33566.exe

Conexant High Definition(HD) audio :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp34001-34500/sp34200.exe

As the Notebook is installed with Intel graphic Card, you need to download the Drivers for the same from the link below :
http://downloadmirror.intel.com/16944/a08/win2k_xp14363.exe


Download the Ricoh 5-in-one Card Reader Driver from the link below :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp37501-38000/sp37712.exe


Download Intel PRO/Wireless Drivers from the below weblink:
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp34001-34500/sp34489.exe

As I am not sure whether your Notebook is installed with Intel or Realtek Ethernet card, I am providing both the drivers:
Intel Ethernet Drivers :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33574.exe
Realtek Ethernet Drivers :
http://drivers.softpedia.com/progDownload/Realtek-RTLRTLRTLRTL-Driver--WHQL-Download-33009.html

You can also try downloading the Marvel Youcon Ethernet Drivers if any of the above provided drivers did not work :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software10/COL24713/gs-63707-1/Marvell_Yukon_LAN_Driver_6.36.0.0.exe


Downlaod Conexant HDAUDIO Soft Data Fax Modem drivers from the below weblink :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33890.exe

Download the HP Quick Launch Buttons drives from the below weblink:
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp38501-39000/sp38688.exe

Download the HP Pavilion Webcam Driver from the below weblink:
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33544.exe

Download the Alps Touchpad driver from the below weblink:
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33751.exe

Finger Print Reader Driver :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp32501-33000/sp32869.exe

Hope these helps...

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

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SOURCE: XP on HP Pavilion dv2000

you need a usb floppy drive for this task. I have done it but facing the problem with drivers

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: \$WIN_NT$.~BT\biosinfo.inf could not be loaded

Should be here: C:\WINDOWS\inf\biosinfo.inf

Posted on Sep 01, 2009

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