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Stuck in "Press F11 to start Recovery"

I pressed F6 during boot from XP CD as directed. This got me to the "Windows XP Setup" welcome screen. I pressed to begin setup, but I get the error "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer. Press F# to quit.

Is the set up boot you mention the same as the cd setup ??

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  • breitfeller5 Jan 22, 2009

    GATEWAY MX6960 notebook stuck at “Press F11 to start recovery” during boot-up



    During a recent re-boot of my Gateway MX6960 notebook, without an obvious reason, the XP installation failed to recognize the SATA hard drive. With every re-boot, I was faced with a “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer” error.

    The hard drive checked out ok (spun up normally), and was recognized by the Phoenix BIOS so I assumed it to be working. I tried the System Recovery utility from Gateway but kept getting the same error.



    After many hours of research, I stumbled onto the “How-To Geek”. Google it and you can read exactly how I did what I did to resolve the issue. Basically, it said that the SATA drivers had become corrupt for some reason and had to be re-loaded into XP. The SATA drivers are not included in the OEM installation disk, so as I tried to re-install the OS, it failed. The problem was that the driver install.exe’s I found on line were designed around a floppy drive. This (like most) notebooks, does not have a floppy drive. So I had to figure out a way to integrate the new storage drivers onto a bootable XP installation cd. I found out the process is called slip-streaming .



    Here’s how I did it:




    1. On a separate computer (with a cd burner), download and install a program called nLite. I had to also install .NetFramework V 2.0.50727

    2. Into a temporary folder I downloaded and extracted the SATA HDD driver I needed for my notebook. The files can be extracted from your downloaded file with a program called WinImage.

    3. Running nLite, the necessary installation files were then extracted from the OEM XP disk and placed in another temporary folder. Then they were combined with the new SATA drivers and either can be saved as an .iso image or burned directly onto a customized bootable Windows XP installation cd.



    Once the new CD was made, I booted up to the cd drive, and was back in business. Many thanks to all who posted, and many thanks to the “How-To Geek” for setting me straight.

  • breitfeller5 Jan 22, 2009

    GATEWAY MX6960 notebook stuck at “Press F11 to start recovery” during boot-up



    During a recent re-boot of my Gateway MX6960 notebook, without an obvious reason, the XP installation failed to recognize the SATA hard drive. With every re-boot, I was faced with a “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer” error.

    The hard drive checked out ok (spun up normally), and was recognized by the Phoenix BIOS so I assumed it to be working. I tried the System Recovery utility from Gateway but kept getting the same error.



    After many hours of research, I stumbled onto the “How-To Geek”. Google it and you can read exactly how I did what I did to resolve the issue. Basically, it said that the SATA drivers had become corrupt for some reason and had to be re-loaded into XP. The SATA drivers are not included in the OEM installation disk, so as I tried to re-install the OS, it failed. The problem was that the driver install.exe’s I found on line were designed around a floppy drive. This (like most) notebooks, does not have a floppy drive. So I had to figure out a way to integrate the new storage drivers onto a bootable XP installation cd. I found out the process is called slip-streaming .



    Here’s how I did it:




    1. On a separate computer (with a cd burner), download and install a program called nLite. I had to also install .NetFramework V 2.0.50727

    2. Into a temporary folder I downloaded and extracted the SATA HDD driver I needed for my notebook. The files can be extracted from your downloaded file with a program called WinImage.

    3. Running nLite, the necessary installation files were then extracted from the OEM XP disk and placed in another temporary folder. Then they were combined with the new SATA drivers and either can be saved as an .iso image or burned directly onto a customized bootable Windows XP installation cd.



    Once the new CD was made, I booted up to the cd drive, and was back in business. Many thanks to all who posted, and many thanks to the “How-To Geek” for setting me straight.

  • fmr888 May 11, 2010

    do a restart but do not touch any buttons to start it. i need to know what it does at this point. did you install internet explorer beta 8, if so go to help option and pick the help system and uninstall it. It can cause this problem with an XP. You also need to check how you have the orginal screens set up were you can change it to no password needed to get in (classic mode)

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I woud contact Gateway and ask. It can be many problems. Did you have this laptop every working before or did you just buy it used. The HD may be locked.

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When i switch my computer on, windows profession window appears and say press ctrl+alt_delete to begin, I do that but nothing happens. My laptop i'm using is a Dell Latitude D630


Step 1 - Remove non bootable media
Remove any floppy disks, CD's or USB sticks from your computer and restart.
If NTLDR is missing error appears again, Do the Next Step.

Ensure you boot the system from the CD. The system will then boot into the Windows XP Setup.
At the welcome screen press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console
At the recovery console, select your Windows XP installation and enter your Administrator password if requested
At the command prompt issue the following commands and press ENTER after each command:
fixboot
fixmbr
Remove your Windows XP CD and restart the computer
If the NTLDR is missing error appears again after reboot, Try the Next Step.
It is sometimes necessary to run or re-run the Windows XP Setup repair process
If it did not solve your issue re-insert your Windows XP CD and run Windows Setup again

Good Luck!!!!

Sep 20, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How-to repair Windows XP, How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade


One of the best kept secrets of Windows XP is it's built in repair feature!

In previous versions of Windows, correcting an operating system error, or installing a new motherboard, usually meant formating and reinstalling, resulting in loss of all data. Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system!

Why would I want to reinstall Windows XP?
1) Can't start Windows XP in safe mode.
2) You have problems caused by a recently installed system update (Windows Update, hotfix, Windows XP service pack, or Microsoft Internet Explorer update).
3) Your problems can't be solved with system restore, or you can't access system restore.
4) You've installed a new motherboard, or made other major hardware changes and need to reinstall Windows.


Let's get started!

Step 1: Rule out hardware issues. Windows Repair will only fix software problems. Hardware issues can also cause boot problems (i.e. bad hard drive, memory, CPU, or power supply).

Step 2: Backup. It's always a good idea to backup your important data before making changes to Windows XP. Relax, if you follow these instructions your data will be perfectly safe.

Step 3: Boot from your Windows XP CD. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. Can't boot from your CD? Please see the note at the bottom of this page (Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD).

Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.

Note: RAID/SCSI/Unsupported UDMA users:
You will be prompted to "press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers". Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported UDMA controllers, then you will have to have your controller drivers on a floppy disk. If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

When completed loading files, you will be presented with the following "Windows Setup" screen, and your first option. Select "To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER". DO NOT select Recovery Console.

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One of the best kept secrets of Windows XP is it's built in repair feature!

In previous versions of Windows, correcting an operating system error, or installing a new motherboard, usually meant formating and reinstalling, resulting in loss of all data. Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system!

Note: The system repair function will remove any updates you have previously installed that are not included on the CD. Drivers will also be reverted to their original XP versions, as well as some settings (network & performance settings may sometimes be reset to their defaults). It may be necessary to reactivate your Windows XP as well. When finished, you will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update, because they are all replaced during repair.

Why would I want to reinstall Windows XP?
1) Can't start Windows XP in safe mode.
2) You have problems caused by a recently installed system update (Windows Update, hotfix, Windows XP service pack, or Microsoft Internet Explorer update).
3) Your problems can't be solved with system restore, or you can't access system restore.
4) You've installed a new motherboard, or made other major hardware changes and need to reinstall Windows.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Rule out hardware issues. Windows Repair will only fix software problems. Hardware issues can also cause boot problems (i.e. bad hard drive, memory, CPU, or power supply).

Step 2: Backup. It's always a good idea to backup your important data before making changes to Windows XP. Relax, if you follow these instructions your data will be perfectly safe.

Step 3: Boot from your Windows XP CD. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. Can't boot from your CD? Please see the note at the bottom of this page (Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD).

Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.

Note: RAID/SCSI/Unsupported UDMA users:
You will be prompted to "press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers". Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported UDMA controllers, then you will have to have your controller drivers on a floppy disk. If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

When completed loading files, you will be presented with the following "Windows Setup" screen, and your first option. Select "To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER". DO NOT select Recovery Console.

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When presented with the screen below. press the F8 key to continue
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Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.

Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!

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Your almost finished! Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, and have your CD-KEY ready if needed.

Do you have more than one system, or lost your CD-KEY? Visit the keyfinder page to retrieve your CD-KEY.

Update: Due to the proliferation of the Blaster and Welchia Worm/Virus be aware that a Repair Install will leave your system vulnerable. You can get infected within seconds. Do not go on line until you have enabled XP's firewall first.

Remember to run Windows Update! (install critical updates first)

Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD

Many computers are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your devices being incorrect. You can change this in the BIOS.

You enter the BIOS from the first screen you see when you turn your computer on. To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.

Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

IBM typically uses F1 or F2.

Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S. If possible see the manual for your computer or motherboard. Also, the BIOS will usually display which button to press to "enter setup" during POST (if it flashes by too fast, press the Pause key).

When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

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on Jun 18, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Windows xp is not starting


Windows XP is a fairly stable and secure operating system, but errors and other problems will occur from time to time. Unfortunately, some of these errors can damage or corrupt important system files and can lead to Windows XP not booting up correctly. You can repair your Windows XP installation using a process known as a "repair install," overwriting the damaged system files with new versions from your Windows XP installation disc. The repair install process takes approximately one hour, though a large portion of this time will not require any input from you.

1,Start your computer and place the Windows XP installation disc in the drive. If the computer is crashing upon attempting to boot, allow it to restart; otherwise, reboot the computer manually.
2.Press a key to boot from the Windows XP CD if prompted to do so when the computer attempts to boot again. If you are not prompted to boot from the CD, restart the computer again and press the indicated key on the initial BIOS screen to access the "Boot Order" or "Boot Sequence" menu. Select the CD or DVD drive containing the Windows XP installation CD, then press a key when prompted to boot from the disc.
3.Press the "Enter" key on the initial Windows XP welcome screen and press "Enter" again to begin setting up Windows XP. Do not press the key indicated to launch the "Recovery Console," as the Windows XP recovery console is not used to repair corrupted XP installations.
4.Accept the user agreement and wait while the setup program scans your hard drive.
5.Press the "R" key when the Windows XP setup program lists the installed version of XP that it detected to begin the repair installation. If you have more than one version of Windows XP installed, make sure that the proper version is listed before pressing "R."
6.Wait while the Windows XP setup program copies files to your hard drive and begins the installation process. The installation will take 45 minutes or longer, depending on the speed of your computer, during which time all of the Windows XP system files will be overwritten.
7.Confirm your user information as well as the date and time settings on your computer, and enter your Windows XP product key when prompted. Allow the operating system to connect to the Microsoft authentication servers to activate itself.
8.Reinstall any hardware drivers and XP Service Packs that you had previously installed, as your copy of Windows XP will have reverted to the basic installation you had when it was first installed.

I hope you find it very helpful.

Aug 25, 2011 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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Tryed to install xp pro with sp2 included but gets as far as please insert xp2 disk ! so switch off as it wont accept and it does the same again 39 mins to go but wont go any thurther ...i have a new disk...


Boot Your Computer from the Windows XP CD
Turn the computer on. When the Dell logo screen appears, perform the following steps:
Press the key on the keyboard. (A Boot Menu appears.)
Insert the Windows XP Operating System CD into the CD Drive of your computer.
Press the key to highlight the first CD-Rom listing.
Press the key to boot from the Windows XP CD.
Press the to boot from the Windows XP CD when prompted. You will have only a few seconds, watch closely for the message. (The Windows XP installation begins.)
After several moments of initializing some modules, the Windows XP Setup screen appears.
Press the key on the keyboard. (The Windows XP Licensing Agreement appears.)
Press the key to agree and continue. (Setup searches for previous versions of Windows.)
Press the key if any previous versions of Windows are found. (The Windows XP Setup partition window appears.)
NOTE: If C: Partition2 [NTFS] is listed on the screen, complete all of the steps below. If you do not see the listing, you can skip to step * Press the key to create a new partition using the size listed..
Use the arrow keys to highlight the listing and then press the key.
Press the key to delete the partition.
Press the key to confirm deletion of the partition.
Use the arrow keys to highlight Unpartitioned space.
* Press the key to create a new partition using the size listed.
Press the key to start formatting with NTFS. Setup will examine the computer/copy files;
this may take some time.
During the graphical user interface phase of setup you will set the following options:
1. Regional and Language Options.
2. Computer Name (Windows XP Professional will also require an Administrator password to be created).
3. Personalize Your Software
4. Modem Dialing Information (if a modem is present).
5. Date and Time Settings.
When these are done, the computer will restart automatically. When the computer finishes restarting the Finishing Setup phase begins. You are required to input information during this phase.
1. Click the OK button at the Display settings window.
2. Click the Next button at the Welcome to Microsoft Windows window.
3. Click to select No, not at this time at the Ready to register with Microsoft window and then click the Next button.
4. Click to select No, not at this time at the Do you want to set up Internet access now? and then click the Next button.
5. Type the user name of your choice in the Your name: text box at the Who will use this computer? Type the name of any additional users who will use the computer in the additional text boxes provided and then click the Next button.
6. Click the Finish button at the Thank you!

Jun 29, 2011 | Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Notebook

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My computer i completely wiped off i need to put window xp back on it. how can i do that ?


Before you start, you must have your Windows XP installation CD and the product key available.

  1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD (or boot disks). To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
  2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
  3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to begin Windows XP Setup

May 05, 2011 | MSI Wind U100-004US Notebook

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Acer aspire one starts to boot up stops at windows xp screen


Hi there !

I suggest you try to run your computer on safe mode by pressing F8 when booting up. Advance menu options will pop up and choose run on safe mode. When it load the Windows, try to figure out what you installed or you before your computer happens. I suggest that you download also windows registry cleaner to fix some errors in your computer that prevent you to go to windows screen when booting up on normal mode. Run the FULL SCAN and press the fix errors button.

I should somehow help your computer.

Feb 05, 2011 | Acer Aspire One Netbook 8.9" Notebook

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My window xp is corrept what to do


Don't worry it is very easy to fix it.
Let's get started!

Step 1: Rule out hardware issues. Windows Repair will only fix software problems. Hardware issues can also cause boot problems (i.e. bad hard drive, memory, CPU, or power supply).

Step 2: Backup. It's always a good idea to backup your important data before making changes to Windows XP. Relax, if you follow these instructions your data will be perfectly safe.

Step 3: Boot from your Windows XP CD. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. Can't boot from your CD? Please see the note at the bottom of this page (Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD).

Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.

Note: RAID/SCSI/Unsupported UDMA users:
You will be prompted to "press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers". Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported UDMA controllers, then you will have to have your controller drivers on a floppy disk. If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

When completed loading files, you will be presented with the following "Windows Setup" screen, and your first option. Select "To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER". DO NOT select Recovery Console.

xpwelcome.gif




When presented with the screen below. press the F8 key to continue.

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Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.

Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!

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Your almost finished! Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, and have your CD-KEY ready if needed.

Do you have more than one system, or lost your CD-KEY? Visit the keyfinder page to retrieve your CD-KEY.

Update: Due to the proliferation of the Blaster and Welchia Worm/Virus be aware that a Repair Install will leave your system vulnerable. You can get infected within seconds. Do not go on line until you have enabled XP's firewall first.

Remember to run Windows Update! (install critical updates first)

-----------------------------

Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD

Many computers are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your devices being incorrect. You can change this in the BIOS.

You enter the BIOS from the first screen you see when you turn your computer on. To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.

Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

IBM typically uses F1 or F2.

Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S. If possible see the manual for your computer or motherboard. Also, the BIOS will usually display which button to press to "enter setup" during POST (if it flashes by too fast, press the Pause key).

When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

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Jun 24, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to install windows xp


Hi there,
Enter BIOS Set CD rom drive to first bootInsert your CD reboot
folow the on screen instructions be patient, it may take up to an hour,  and then two houers to install drivers,
-> if you want me to find the drivers for you, plz state your computer name and model.
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regards /Teis

Jan 11, 2009 | Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008 for PC

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My laptop is not switching on


  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
    Windows XP to run on your computer:

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
  3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. note.gifTo Repair Install, press ENTER
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  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read Warning#2!
  6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

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I want to know my Administrator Password


Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD) 2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”
3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now
5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.
6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.

It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”
Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.

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