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Doesn't Boot after New Install

After the OS Winxp has installed some of its files, it needs to restart to continue installing or to setup the installed files. As soon as the system diagnostics is over it should boot up to the new hard drive... where the initial setup had taken place, but it seems that it just stops there, the cursor on the top left of the screen blinking it seems forever. It would boot on the CD but not on the Hard Disk after it restarts itself. I tried the hard disk to another computer and it worked perfectly.  I had already changed my cables and even the power supply, well, it is still the same. So anyone can give me an SOS on this situation?

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Re: Doesn't Boot after New Install

Try changing the boot order in bios connect the hdd and set it to boot as the first device check that ide is selected rather than sata

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COmputer wont start


you most likely have a corrupt or broken windows on that computer. To fix this problem, all you need is the windows installation cd or dvd for that or which version of windows you wish to use with the computer.

Then just make sure the computer is set to start up from cd first and then go ahead and do either a repair installation of windows or a fresh one.

Heres a video on how to install windows part 1 of 2. it will talk about the boot order from middle to the end of the video, its just 2 minutes watch it all.

And then on the windows setup, either do a fresh install or repair. to do a repair.

Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.
Accept the License Agreement (F8) and Windows will search for existing Windows installations. DO NOT SELECT R - REPAIR CONSOLE, DO NOT.
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, then do a fresh install instead.
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.

If you just want a clean install, instead of pressing R choose not to repair the existing install in the setup.

Let me know if you need further assistance.

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I can't boot from CD. Can't boot previously installed OS

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Try to delete the partition of your HDD and then create another one an format it to NTFS. Set the bios to boot from CD, Once the setup disk for XP loads, Try to follow the steps I provided.

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How to install driver

How do I install a computer driver?
Answer: Microsoft Windows users Depending on how the driver has been packaged is what determines how the driver will be installed. Below is additional information about each of the methods developers use to distribute their drivers and how you would install the drivers in Microsoft Windows.
General driver tips
Below are some general insights to help prevent any additional frustration that may be encountered while installing drivers.
Drivers on CD or floppy diskettes:
Almost all computer and hardware manufacturers include a group of drivers for different hardware devices and often for each of the supported versions of Windows. For example, the driver CD you receive with your printer likely contains the drivers for dozens of different printers. Not just the printer you purchased, which means when installing the drivers make sure you're installing the drivers for your printer, not another printer model and that you're installing it for the version of Windows you're running on your computer.
Below is an example of how a file structure may look on your disk.
CD Example:
If for example you had a PrinterA200 and were using Windows XP you would find your drivers in the PrinterA200\WinXP directory.
Downloading drivers:
Almost all drivers you download are going to be a single file if the file is not an executable file it is almost definitely a compressed file that contains all the driver files. In order to install the driver you will first need to uncompress the file. Additional information about how to uncompress a compressed file can be found on document CH000506.
When extracting / uncompressing the drivers make sure to remember where you place the folder containing the drivers as you will need to point Windows to this folder when installing the drivers. We usually recommend users install the driver files in a folder on their desktop as it's an easy place to remember and locate.
Finally, the single file and/or the files extracted from the compressed file can be deleted after you have finished installing the drivers.
Many computer and hardware manufacturers today are pre-packaging their drivers into executable files or have the drivers installed through the setup file, which means simply double-clicking the setup file or the file you download should install the drivers to the computer for you.
Note: Many developers may package their drivers in a compressed file, which means before looking for the setup file you may need to uncompress the downloaded file. Information about doing this was explained above. If after uncompressing the file it still does not contain an executable file, some type of setup file, or does not install your hardware device continue with the below recommendations.
Finally, if you were successful in installing your drivers make sure to reboot the computer after the drivers have been installed.
Using the have disk option
Often computer manufacturers and hardware manufacturers will also simply place the drivers on the CD, diskette, or download for Windows to find and use during its hardware detection. Below are steps on how to install drivers for a new device and upgrade a devices driver for this type of setup.
Installing a new device
Upgrading drivers for pre-existing device
Installing a new device
  1. Open Windows Device Manager. Information about how to do this can be found on document CH000833. In the Device Manager make sure the device you're attempting to install is not already listed from past install attempts. If the device is found highlight it and remove it from Device Manager to prevent any conflicts during the install.
  2. Once Device Manager looks ok reboot the computer.
  3. As the computer is rebooting an install new hardware wizard should appear if Windows detects the new hardware using this wizard you should be able to point Windows to the folder containing your drivers either on the CD, diskette, or the folder containing the files you downloaded.
If Windows does not detect any new hardware open Control Panel and double-click the Add hardware icon to run the hardware detection wizard. During the steps you will have an option to tell Windows you have a disk containing the drivers for your new hardware device, at this point point Windows to the directory containing the drivers for your device.
Once drivers have been installed reboot.
Upgrading drivers for pre-existing device
  1. Open Windows Device Manager. Information about how to do this can be found on document CH000833. In the Device Manager locate the device you wish to update the drivers for.
  2. Right-click the device and click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window click the Driver tab.
  4. Click the Update Driver button.
  5. In the Hardware Update Wizard point Windows to the location of the updated drivers on your hard disk drive
Once drivers have been installed reboot.
Install through the .inf file
Finally, if the above recommendations do not work the installation instructions for drivers and hardware devices are always contained in a .inf file that is located within the drivers.
Locate the .inf for your version of Windows right-click that file and choose the option for install. Note this is a very raw form of installing a drivers and it is important that you make sure you're installing the correct .inf file and not a .inf file for another device or for a different version of Windows. Additional information and tips about locating the drivers was explained earlier in the general driver tips section.
Once you have right-clicked and installed the driver reboot the computer
One of the above three recommendations should have installed / updated the drivers successfully onto the computer. If you're still having difficulties getting the device to install it's possible you're not encountering a hardware issue and not an issue with the drivers. Refer to the troubleshooting steps for your hardware device for additional help and information.

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you may want to remove the cmos battery for at least 15 - 20 minutes from the motherboard. afterwhich, you can put back the cmos battery and try and restart your computer in safe mode.

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