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My computer isnt booting.

Its telling me to boot from cd. indicating to boot from the xp recovery cd. where can i get a new one? or download one that i can burn to cd?

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You could download off the internet, but make sure you read all the comments because you dont want it infected....wwhen you burn to cd, make sure you burn on slowest speed (2x-4x)....hope this helps

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You can call your manufacture for a Recovery CD if you bought it from a shop and it did not include this then your outa luck, you can ask around your friends/family may know some one, depending on what Service pack you have, you can do a repair install which pretty much in a nut shell dose the same thing but keeps programs/data, so on.

BIT-torrent .. what?

in a case that your orginal legit copy of XP that you've backed up
on another pc
you can use deamon tools lite
and then nero

in deamon you would load the iso
and in nero you would take the iso from the virtual drive and make a copy :D

Posted on Sep 04, 2009

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Windows xp download

windows xp pro cd is not downloadable

You can make a bootable Recovery Console CD by downloading an ISO file and burning it to a CD.

The bootable ISO image file you need to download is called:


Download the ISO file from here:

Use a new CD and this free and easy program to burn your ISO file and create your bootable CD:

Here are some instructions for ImgBurn:

It would be a good idea to test your bootable CD on a computer that is working.

You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk.

These adjustments are made before Windows tries to load.

If you miss it, you will have to reboot the system again.

When you boot on the CD, follow the prompts:

Press any key to boot from CD...

The Windows Setup... will proceed.

Press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.

Select the installation you want to access (usually 1: C:\WINDOWS)

You may be asked to enter the Administrator password (usually empty).

You should be in the C:\WINDOWS folder.

This is the same as the

C:\WINDOWS folder you see in explorer.

The Recovery Console allows basic file commands like: copy, rename, replace, delete, cd, chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr, etc.

For a list of Recovery Console commands, enter help at the prompt or read about the XP Recovery Console here:

hope this helps

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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.

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When turned on my computer boots only to the E and Windows logo and then to a black and white screen telling me that windows did not start successfully, with a list of choices as to safe or normal booting....

As much as I hate to say it, you have done almost all the trouble shooting you can. The only other thing is to see about getting an external CD ROM and trying those restore disks. If that doesn't work, then the only choices you would have is either buying a new windows CD or getting a new computer and possibly installing Linux on this one.

Mar 18, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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My Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB on my Dell Inspiron 9300 lost its boot sector 4 times during the last 6 months. Reinstalled Windows XP every time and then its working for a few weeks and lost it...

Instead of installing Windows XP every time, you can just restore your boot sector in the Windows XP Recovery Console. Here's how to get to the Recovery Console:

1. Put your Windows XP CD into your computer. Restart your computer and boot into the CD (a message should display "Press Any Key to Boot" or something similar). If you cannot boot into the CD, you will need to adjust your BIOS setting to use the CD drive as the first boot priority.

2. After the CD is finished loading, press "R" to go into the Recovery Console.

3. When prompted, enter the administrator password. If there's no password, just hit enter

4. Then enter "fixboot [drive]" (without quotations) where [drive] is the hard drive Windows XP is installed.

For example: fixboot c:

5. Type "exit" and Enter to escape the Recovery Console and restart your computer

Hope this helps!!!

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Will not load in XP

If the computer came with a Packard-Bell Restore or Recovery (or something similar) CD, try booting with it in the CD drive. If it doesn't boot to the CD drive, read the third paragraph. Once it boots to the CD, see what options it gives you. Most manufacturer's CD give only one choice...wipe everything off the drive and reinstall what was on the computer when it was shipped from the factory. If you choose that option, you will lose all your data and any software you have installed. If it gives you other choices, choose either the one that will get you into the "Recovery Console" or, if that's not available, the one that will do a repair install of Windows.

If you have a retail XP CD the first thing to try is running Checkdisk. To do that, start the computer to get power to the CD drive, insert the XP CD and restart the computer. If it boots to the CD, great...skip the next paragraph.

If it doesn't boot to the CD, you'll need to get into the BIOS (also called "setup") to set the CD drive first in the boot order. How to get into the BIOS depends on the kind of BIOS your computer has. If a screen appears early during the boot process that has a line "Press X (where X indicates a key on the keyboard) to enter setup" or something similiar, press that key. If you don't get that screen, refer to the manual that came with your computer. If you don't have the manual or it doesn't tell you, it'll be a matter of trial and error. The Del, F1, F2 and F10 keys are commonly used. Once you access the BIOS, search it for something referring to "Boot" or "Boot Order" or something similar. Then move the CD drive to first in the boot order. Use the "Exit Saving Changes" option to get out of the BIOS and resume the boot process.

Once it boots to the CD, choose the option "To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R." Once in the Recovery Console, type "chkdsk /r" (without the quotes, with the space after "chkdsk") and press Enter. It can't take quite a while, so be patient.

Once it finishes, remove the CD from the CD drive and reboot. Hopefully, that will have fixed the problem.

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Windows xp will not install

If you don't see the message on start up "Press any key to boot from cd" Then you need to change the boot order.

Start the PC and hit delete a number of times. This will take you into the bios screen. (Set up screen)

You will have a tab called "Boot Priority" or "Boot order". Make sure that CD/DVD drive has 1st priority. Save & exit & your done. Upon restart if you have a disc in the drive you will get the option to press any key to boot from CD/DVD. By default, most motherboards are set to boot from floppy & then Hard drive so in most cases you will need to enter setup & change the boot order.

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Oct 19, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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I got a laptop of a friend and i want to rebbot it because they never gave me the user name password or a disk..How can i reboot it to the factory setting?

HP laptop don't come with recovery CD's they have a hidden recovery partition on them.
To access the partition turn on the computer. When the initial blue HP screen appears Press the "F10" key. A Recovery menu will appear. Click on "NEXT" and then click on "YES" Your system will now go through the product recovery.

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Formatting and reintallation of windows XP

Just Put the XP CD in your CD Drive and restart your ll get a screen immediately after your PC restarts i.e. press any key to boot from any key in your keyboard...after some time.u ll get a screen showin whether new or upgrade new...then u ll get a screen to setup in which a particular drive it ll format...follow the instructioons thereafter..It s just easy..
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Can't repair bootsector in XP PRO

You can try this, with the pc running, open case,touch the metal case with one hand and the other hand unplug the drive. Now shut down
the system,unplug the system and hit the power button until the lights die. Plug in the drive and reboot the pc, go into bios and go to
boot. Check to see the drive is listed boot order. reboot and see if it boots.

If you can get into user account you can set admin password, then try restore cd then run fixmbr in dos.

If you can, get HDD Regenerator, and you can check the drive for errors, them run it again and repair them if possible.

But no, most of the time something causes the file to corrupt and lose boot not a bad sector on the hard drive.

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Think ive broke it

you have to reinstall the OS by using that disk again ..just boot from CD , and follow the procedure can also put on a new OS ..from a boot-able CD ..any OS you like ...and recover drivers from the manufacturer site or let me know the model and the operating system you intend and I will provide links for download the necessary drivers be clear ...boot the laptop...and press del to enter bios for selecting the boot can also try first to see if the order isnt already selected and the pc will recognize3 and boot from cd ..when present this case all you have to do is to confirm the intention by pressing any key when it asks ...after that the recovery will take place as it should...same with a clean install from a windows boot-able disk ..xp .or vista at your choice ..but do not forget have the drivers first ...

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