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I want to istall a new Hard drive, and I want to

I want to istall a new Hard drive, and I want to isntall Windows XP, how do I boot the machine?

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1. restart, when restart pres delete.. you will enter bios menu
2. change the first boot from HD into CD
3. follows nex step...

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You need to go into the bios set the boot priority to cd as the first boot device. Put the cd into the tray when the computer comes on you will get a message "press any key to boot from cd."

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Make sure your computer first boot device is the CD drive rather than the hard drive. Check in BIOS. Boot the computer from the XP CD.

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Assuming you don't already have a second drive with an OS loaded then you will just need a boot disk or a Windows XP installation disc. Install the drive and then insert the CD. Power the PC on with the disk in the drive an you should get a message to boot from CD, just answer yes (note: the PC may boot automatically off the CD). If this doesn't work then you will probably have to go into the bios and change the boot order to make the CD as the first boot source. Entering the bios is different on each PC so, you will just have to find out the key sequence, usual buttons are ESC, F2, or CTRL+DEL.

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