Attempting to do a fresh install of Windows XP Pro
Went into BIOS and reset boot order so CD drive is first.
Both CD and DVD drives are operating OK.
Tried to boot from both XP Pro and Windows ME CDs.
Tried both CDs in both drives.
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Re: PC will not boot from CD drive
Download the six winxp install floppies,,from bootdisk.com and install that way.
Your PC was not meant for XP it was meant for Millenium at most.
But if you load through floppies and then use the cd you should be OK
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if your using the restore or re-installation CD that came with your DELL computer just boot off the CD.
it will reformat the computer and your data will be lost if you do a fresh install off the CD.
Do not boot into windows and use the CD from there.
make sure you set the bios to boot off the CD follow the instructions on screen to reinstall windows.
You should use the bootable Windows XP CD to start the installation.
To do that, you must first enter the BIOS in the Boot Options select the DVD drive as first (so that it will boot from CD/DVD first, instead of the hard disk). Save and Exit, insert the bootable Windows XP CD in the drive and when prompted to do so, "press any key to boot from CD-Rom".
Hope the above helps.
I was able to dig this up. Reference: http://4sysops.com/archives/tip-how-to-install-and-uninstall-a-program-in-safe-mode/
Run Windows in safe mode. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\ Create a registry key REG_SZ keyand call it MSIService and value data and call it Service, which is the windows installer. This will give you permission to uninstall windows service Pack 3 from add/remove programs while in safe mode.
Well if you have it installed on the computer and cant get past the Windows logo. Put the SP3 disk in and do a repair. Make sure you hit -R and not the repair button after clicking continue. Well the directions for a repair will be on the screen. That is my thoughts on what you should do. If you have already done this, then I'm not sure where you should head to next. Hope this helps!!
check your boot settings in the comp bios/cmos set-up, you should the boot order of the devices in your system, make cd/dvd romyour 1st boot device then make the hard drive your 2nd boot device then so on, save the changes you had made and reboot insert your windows installation disc then from there it will boot to the xp cd
First put the hdd installation cd into the cd drive and try to boot. This should install the hdd driver as well as start formatting the new hdd. After the drive is formatted take out the hdd cd & insert the Windows installation cd into the drive. Boot. Windows should start installing on your new drive. After Windows is installed check the Dell support site for updated drivers for your system. Install drivers as needed. Any other software you had on your old drive will need to be reinstalled to the new drive. Hope this helps & please rate my answer. Thanks.