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Can't install an operating system

I recently wiped my hard drive clean and tried to install windows xp( had ME). It runs through start up and copies the files to the system and restarts. The problem is that on system reboot it wants to start the process over again. I tried to put windows 98 back in but I get a runtime error r6003.

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Re: Can't install an operating system

Sounds like you need to update the BIOS on your MB. It may be too old though.

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How can i restore a toshiba equium l20-197 back to factory settings

System restore will not do what your asking.

However there is a way but you will need a Installation cd Assume you have Windows XP

Then you need to borrow or buy a Windows XP Home Edition or Pro

You can buy one used from Ebay.

There are two options !.Repair install this will save all files/data on your hard drive.

Follow these instructions to Repair install.

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.

After the reboot

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.

2. If you want to do a clean install that will completely wipe your hard drive clean then follow the instructions from this site

You will then need to reload all Microsoft Windows Updates and find all other drivers and software from

Then wham bam you should be back in business.

hope this helps

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PART 2: Installing multiple Operating Systems on a Clean Unformatted Drive.

Maybe you installed a brand new hard drive in your laptop or desktop computer, or maybe you just got tired of your old setup and wiped your drive clean intentionally . . . or perhaps you were one of the unfortunates who succumbed to a malware infection that left you no alternative. Regardless of the reason, you now have the chance with a new or cleaned drive to set-up multiple operating systems on your hard drive.

There are many ways to do this, however the followiing steps represent the easiest and most trouble-free results no matter which multiple OS combination you decide to try.

You will either need 1) Access to an Internet connected computer with a working CDROM with Write capability and a blank CDR or CDRW . . .

-- OR --

2) A Live CD copy of Parted Magic (my personally recommended partition solution. Its totally free, open source, and a useful tool to rescue data, format a hard drive, USB and more) You can get the latest version of Parted Magic using the following URL: The download is available for either a bootable USB Flash Drive or CDROM.

Make sure your computer's start-up is set to boot first from either USB or CDROM (whichever you are using) Parted Magic will load into your system memory and eject the CDROM when complete.

Set the size of your Partitions according to your preference and/or space requirements. Remember to use NTFS or FAT32 as the disk format for any partitions intended to hold Windows operating systems . . . HFS+ Mac Systems. For the sake of this How-To, we are going to make 2 separate "Primary NTFS" partitions of equal size. Once you have set-up and applied your hard drive partition instructions, you can insert your Windows installation (or other OS media) into the CDROM or DVD drive and reboot the machine.

You should be able to follow the normal installation instructions from the install media. Just remember to install each operating system on a separate partition.

Once thing to remember with Windows operating systems: In order to make sure the bootloader gives you the correct options on which Operating System you wish to boot to, its best to always install the most RECENTLY released version of Windows FIRST. For example, on a dual install of Windows XP and Vista, perform the Vista installation first for best results.

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I want to wipe computer clean and start over

What you want is to format your hard drive. If you have multiple hard drives you have to erase all but the one with your operating system (windows), this can be done by right clicking on them, choosing format.. and following the instructions. Then you have to boot from a cd with an operating system (windows xp, vista, 7, linux!) and during the installation choose to format the hard drive with your previous operating system and install the new one over it. Personal advice: Make sure you have kept a copy of anything you don't want to loose!

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I have recently recieved a Compaq/HP DC7100 from my company. It has Win 2000 on it. I do not have the disc that came with it. It will not boot up it stops by saying a some system file is corrupted or...

Did you choose to "format" the hard drive before you got to Terms & Conditions? Do an normal format...not the completely wipe the hard drive cleaning before starting.
Make sure the XP CD is clean and free of dust, fingerprints, scratches...otherwise you will start getting errors during the installation.


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Need 873n recovery disk and XP operating system

You will have to buy windows xp from somewhere like best buy or circuit city. unless you have a friend who has a distributable copy. Other wise its illegal to use someone elses copy of xp. You may want totry to contact the manufacturere of your computer if it is newer and see if they will give you another cop(unlikely but hey worth a try). If you end up buying a new operating system I would go with windows vista if I were you.

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Emachine T1100 Emachine window then no system window

It sounds like the hard drive has been wiped or is dead or not connected. Check the power and control cables to the hard drive. Check drive with a maintenance diskette or CD. Replace drive if bad. If wiped or replaced, you need to re-install an operating system, such as MS Windows-XP, or Ubuntu (a free, downloadable, Debian GNU/Linux based operating system with a Windows-like user interface).

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Low Virtual Memory problem

For some reason your CPU is not using your RAM for memory. It is going to the .pagesys file, which is a file on your hard drive that holds Virtual Memory. Virtual memory is only used when you run out of RAM. So here are your choices.
You are going to need to buy a copy of Windows XP or whatever operating system you want. Then you try two things: First Format your current hard drive to wipe it clean and reload Windows XP. That should clear up your problem if it is a software issue. If that does not work then it is a bad hard drive (but I don't think it is).
If it is a hardware issue, your hard drive is corrupt, then you will need to install a new hard drive and then partition, format and load WIndows XP. Either one of those options will get you running again.

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Install Xp From Dos

If XP will not install from the CD or if you have a new drive with no operating system onit yet try these:

Install Windows XP from the hard drive with Windows 98 already installed:

Boot Windows 98
Insert the XP CD into your CD reader
Explore Windows XP through My Computer
Copy i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder and double click on winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive

Install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk
Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader
Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)
Type cd.. to back up to the root directory
Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader
Copy the i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.

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Can't reboot windows cd on with cd drives

If you have it available, boot to the Dell DImension Resource CD and run the diagnostics on the hard drive. From the description of you problem, you may have a failing hard drive.

Other things to check:

1. Ensure the system BIOS (F2 at boot) sees the hard drive and has the correct date and time. If the motherboard battery is failing, the time and date will not be retained when system is powered off.

2. If you are able to format the hard drive, but the windows XP installation process gives you file copy errors, then you may have a bad RAM module. If the system has 2 or more modules, take out all but 1, retry the install. If you get file copy errors again, try a different module.

3. If the Hard drive passes dieagnostics, but fails to complete a format, replace the hard drive.

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Windows installation issues

Either you have a defective CD, or a defective Hard Drive, or defective memory. Firstly is this a clean install? Try reformatting the drive and running chkdsk or a manufacturers disk utility. Then remove fingerprints and other marks from CD by wiping from the centre outwards. Let me know how you get on.

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