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Install Windows XP without a CD drive

I have a Sony Vaio PCG-SR7K laptop with Windows 2000 Professional. Windows has files that are missing or corrupt, so it cannot startup. I want to install Windows XP, but my computer does not have a CD drive. I found one and when I connect it and put in the CD, nothing happens and the CD does not boot. When I use boot disks, it also says no CD is in. What can I do to install the CD drive or Windows XP?

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  • Graeme Fallows Jan 06, 2008

    Have done this before but with a latop that could be booted from usb which your wont have. Interested to find a solution too :)

  • hgiklmpn Jan 07, 2008

    The CD drive, floopy drive, and hard drive are all listed in the boot menu, but there is no option to "boot from CD". Do I need to update the BIOS?



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You'll need to assign the CD drive (which should show up as USB devicein BIOS or setup) as first boot device, if capable on your model/Computer. After you press power button, you should see a menu or dialog that shows something like 'press F2' or 'Delete' to enter setup. Once in setup, you should navigate thru until you find boot options or something of that nature. Select 'Boot from CD' or ' USB Device'. You should now insert your XP CD into the drive, close the tray, then choose 'Save'. It should now let you boot from the XP CD. At the first screen, you should select 'R' for repair console. It will then ask you to select an installation, type a '1' and then press the 'Enter' key. Next line will ask you to type an Administrator password. If you have one, type it, then press Enter. If no password, just tap the Enter key. Now, at the prompt, type CHKDSK C: /r as in (C: a space /r). then tap the Enter. It shoild now attempt to repair your Windows 2000 installation. When it finishes, reboot, go back into Setup and change first boot device to hard drive. Select Save and reboot LT. Have fun!

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  • Jim Scholle
    Jim Scholle Jan 07, 2008

    hgiklmpn, a Bios upgrade may be your best option.



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