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Formatting PC I start formatting pc with Windows Xp cd. it gives me msg while booting" press any key to boot from cd" after that my pc restarts automatically what should I do? pc configuration: AMD Dual core 3800+ and MSI mainboard , I GB RAM DDR2; 160 GB hard disk Please help me ASAP.

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