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Error loading o.s windows xp

I recently got a pc off a relative which needs the activation key which i dont know.i have another version of xp but the activation code is different(obviously).however when i am trying to install my disc it is giving me the black screen saying error loading o.s press any key to reboot.can any one tell me do i need to change settings or can i boot from safe mode? if so how? any help greatly appreciated,j

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If you want to try booting from safe mode, start the machine and press F8 until you get a boot menu, but you getting the 'Error Loading OS' message sort of suggests your relative may have wiped the harddrive before handing the machine off to you, which would mean there will be nothing there to recover from.
Sounds as if the PC is set to boot from the harddrive, so your easiest fix would be to get into the bios settings at startup and set your 'boot order' to read from your optical drive (cd or DVD) first- Put YOUR copy of XP in and away you go!
Another option would be to go to bootdisks,com and download a Win'98 boot floppy image with CD-Rom drivers, & unzip the image to a 3.5 floppy, but that's the long way around.

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1. You need to make sure your boot order starts with CD/DVD, to do this enter BIOS setup as the computer boots up. Some computers also allow you to just temperarily set the boot order without entering BIOS (Usually you hit F1,F2, F10,F11, F12 or del to get into BIOS it will say on your screen which key to use. 2. Once you have CD/DVD selected as your first boot device, have the CD in the drive and reboot the computer. It will say "Press anykey to boot from CD" hit any key 3. Delete the old partition and do a quick NTFS format and install your XP with your XP key.
****NOTE***** If during the installation of XP it says hard drive not detected you may have a SATA hard drive, windows XP does not come with a driver for SATA. One solution for this is to reboot and go back into BIOS. A lot of BIOS will have a feature to run your SATA drive as an IDE after you enable this redo steps 2 and 3 and XP should install fine

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