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Hi. If you have the XP instalation disk you can fix the MBR from the repair console. First you will have to boot the PC to the install disk.Put the XP install disk in the cd/dvd and start the PC up if you are lucky then your PC is set up to boot to the CD/DvD automatically, so first time just start the PC with the install disk already in the disk tray and look out for the Press any key to boot from CD, if you see it press enter. If not during the first stages of the bootup with luck you will see somthnig like boot to bios F1 and change boot device F8, these normal flash up quite fast and it is easy to miss them and to get them to work they must be pressed before the end of the first part of the boot sequence so they are easy to miss. When you get the right F key you will be given the option to boot from the cd press enter. If you PC does not offer the boot to other devices or drives then you will have to go into the bios I think its either F1 or F10 on your PC and change the boot order. Once you get into the bios look for somthing like boot order or sequence, in most bios's you move around with the arrow keys and go back with the delete key, you may have to look into a few of the menus before you find the menu you need. when you find it you will need to move the cd/dvd to the top of the list instuctions on how to do it should be on the right of the screen, when you have moved it exit the save and exit the bios. now when you power up the PC with the XP install disk in the tray it should go to the Press any key to boot from CD. Once the PC boots from the disk which may take a while as the disk loads quite a lot from the disk on to the hard drive. Do not press any keys until you see the welcome to setup screen. at this screen press thr R key for the recovery console, next you will be given a choice of which instalation you want to recover, this only matters if you have more than one select the one you want or if there is only one then press the 1 key and then enter key. Next it will ask for the Admin password, type it in and press enter. If you dont use a password then just press enter. Now you should be in the recovery console... Type fixmbr and press enter The fixmbr utility will repair
any corruption or damage that the master boot record may have.
when it has finished 15-25 minutes, remove the cd from the drive and type exit and press enter, this will re-strat your PC.
If this all seems to daunting or you do not have the xp install disk I found this at the gizmo's freeware site aswMBR 0.9.9 from Avast
in the review they say it allows you to run FIXMBR from within windows rather than running it from the install disk I have no practical knowlege of this programe but I use loads of stfuff from Gizmo's and their reviews are normally good.
If the new hard disk is a SATA hard disl then the problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.The FIX.Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_drive
No, you do not need to install a new driver as long as that is the same sata hard disk tha used to work in your Gateway computer. Just boot into your windows xp installation cd and let the setup continue.
Should you need further assistance, please let me know.
Hello Mike, Hi, may I suggest you try first to defrag your hard drive, Im sure when you power on your PC, the hard disk led keeps on blinking, your hard drive may have developed bad tracks and sectors, this slow moving process tends to go forever.
Defragmenting and checkdisk can find faults and bad sectors and tracks that slows down the performance of your PC.
Reformatting should be done if your defragmentation procedure fails to speed up your PC.
Try to run an antivirus program, which may help speed up your PC by detecting viruses, that tends to load forever, or slow down the booting process.
Please use the recovery discs or windows installation cd.
To either perform a full system restore with the recovery discs.
Or to perform a repair installation with the windows installation cd.
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. 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.
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console). I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R". Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations. 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. 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.
hi! there,set up exe. that was when your setting up win 98 you have to install that came from floppy disk before you can install win 98.there is an os win 98 in your system you have to delete that previous os before installing another win xp.restart ur computer. press F2 to open your bios set-up . then select bios set-up priority your cd-room drive second,your hard drive. last, quit and save set-up. and then your computer will restart. insert your cd windows xp then reinstall your window xp. delete the previous os then follow the set up on your window xp until you install your new window xp.