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have you tried changing your bios settings to boot to your cd rom? you can change your boot option by pressing F2 during boot up.
if you're done with this, it will automatically boot to your cd rom and instantly will install the windows operating.
if this is your first formatting experience you can follow this step by step tutorial of windows XP installation. How To Install Windows XP
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<p>If your computer loses power during installation, <span>Windows</span> will attempt to revert to your current
operating system. You can continue to use your current version of <span>Windows</span>, but some features might not work. <br />
<p>Before you try to install <span>Windows</span> again, troubleshoot and eliminate the
problems that might have caused your computer to lose power. <br />
<p>Check power cables
and power strips and replace any faulty parts. After you have done this, try
installing <span>Windows 7</span> again, and choose a
custom installation (an installation that automatically replaces your existing
version of <span>Windows</span>). <br />
<p>A custom installation deletes all of your settings and programs.
Be sure to back up your files before you begin. After the installation is
complete, you must manually reinstall your programs, and restore the files you
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The Windows setup process did not assign drive letter C: to the hard drive during the Windows XP/2000/NT installation process. WHY did this happen?
During the installation of Windows XP (2000 and NT use the same process) after a BLANK hard disk drive has been installed in the system, the setup process does not AUTOMATICALLY assign drive letter C: to the HDD. This can happen because an existing hard drive partition was not detected by setup and one of the following:
1. There is a Media Card Reader in the system 2. There is a Zip Drive in the system 3. There is a USB Flash Drive connected to the system 4. There is a USB Printer connected to the system that has a media card reader 5. There is an External Hard Drive connected to the system
If, any of these devices are in the system, setup will assign drive letter C: to one of these devices and then the hard disk drive (HDD) ends up with drive letter H or such. The boot drive letter in and of itself is not a big deal. Anyone with a multi-boot system like mine at home is familiar with non-C: boot drives and they per se cause no problems (You just have to know the drive letter of your boot drive).
To prevent this from happening, boot to your Windows CD and run the setup thru the creation and formatting of the hard drive. Power the system off manually, then restart the Windows installation. The partition you created on the last install will be detected and assigned drive letter C:
At what stage of the installation process do you get the message ? Which operating system are you trying to load ? Is there an operating system on your hard drive ?
You have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase everything on your hard drive
Restart your computer during the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or F2 key
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS then using the arrow keys scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
Note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
Note after you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to failsafe or optimised defaults after windows has loaded
your computer will automatically restart it might restart 2 times one to finish the installation the next will be because the operating system is loaded and will boot from your cd
"Set-up is straightforward, simply connect a single USB cable and you are ready to go. The drive is powered from the USB cable, so there is no need for an external power supply. Plus, it is automatically recognized by Windows operating system, so there is no software to install and nothing to configure. Saving files is easy too, just drag-and-drop.
Highlights • Plug n' play - no software to install • Simply drag-and-drop to save files • USB powered • Built-in power management ensures energy-efficient operation"
According to them there is no manual ans installation should be automatic.
So you want to install Windows Vista?
Please follow these steps carefully.
(I am assuming that you are not asking assistance for upgrading your product).
(I also assume that you do not want to keep your current OS on your system as well).
(If you want to do either one, please let me know)
Performing a Clean Installation of Windows Vista.
You have to have the Genuine copy of Windows Vista with its Key (Its printed on the CD/DVD Cover). You have to use 32 bit or 64 bit version depending on your System's Architecture and Processor.
You have to Backup your Volume (Partition). Since it requires a Format, the Data will be wiped and will not be recoverable. If you want to do a Dual or Multi boot (Having Several Operating Systems on a Single Machine. If you want to keep your old OS installation, you can do so by selecting a Separate Partition), you have to ready a Volume for your New Installation. It can be Formatted during the Installation or you can format it while you are in the Previous version of Windows. Just Right Click and select "Format" and do a Normal Format instead of a Quick Format.
You must Format the Volume as NTFS File Format which is a MUST. Again make sure to back up all the data of your Volume.
The important thing of doing a Backup is that you can Restore the Files and Folders easily as they were in the Old OS (You cannot Restore Windows Settings from Previous Windows OS).
If you want to Install your new OS over the previous OS, you have to Delete your Previous OS during the Installation. Its better to do a format if necessary. Because the older settings if you have kept them, may make conflicts with the new Directory Structure and the Security Structure.
Now Turn on you machine and Insert the Windows CD/DVD in to CD/DVD ROM.
If it doesn't boot by itself and doesn't ask to Press a Key to Boot from the CD or DVD, you have to check your BIOS to ensure whether the Boot priority has been set properly.
To check the BIOS, after you have Powered on, use the Default key to Enter your BIOS. The Key will be shown in the BIOS messages during POST (Before booting Windows OS). Often, the keys are Delete, F2, Esc or F10/F11.
Go to Boot and set the Boot Priority (Boot Order). The top priority should be given to the CD/DVD ROM. Then hit F10. Save and Exit.
Now you will be asked to Press a Key to boot from your DVD.
After pressing the key within 5 seconds, you will be directed to the "Install Windows" Page. Click on "Install Now" after following the Steps.
On the Get important updates for installation, you should allow to Download updates in order to protect your machine from Security Threats. Make sure that your machine has Internet Connectivity.
On the Type your product key for activation page, please enter the Product Key (25 Characters).
on the next page, Please Read and Accept the License Agreement.
On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.
On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, select the Location where you want to install Windows.
Microsoft Guide Lines:
If you don't partition your hard disk, click Next. The installation will start automatically. You might see a compatibility report that lists which programs and software drivers won't work after the installation. You can resolve any issues after the installation is complete.
If you have an existing partition and want to have more than one operating system on the same computer, you can install Windows on a specific partition. (This is called a dual-boot or multiboot configuration.) If you do this, be sure to install Windows on a different partition from the partition where your current version of Windows is installed. To install Windows on an existing partition, select the partition you want to use, and then click Next to begin the installation. You might see a compatibility report.
If you want to create, extend, delete, or format a partition, you must startWindows from the installation DVD or CD. If you did not begin the installation process this way, follow the instructions for starting Windows from the installation DVD or CD that appear in the first step of this procedure, and then follow the instructions on each screen. On the Where do you want to installWindows? page, click Drive options (advanced), click the option you want, and then follow the instructions. Click Next to begin the installation. You might see a compatibility report. Follow the instructions. After installing please make sure to install your Device Drivers and a New Antivirus Software. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Please do not forget to RATE the answer as well. Thanks for Contacting Fixya!
If you are upgrading Windows 98 or Windows Millennium
Edition, follow the troubleshooting steps that are described in the
following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
HOW TO: Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During
Installation When You Upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Me
Test to determine if the issue is resolved. If the
issue is resolved, do not complete the remaining steps. If the issue
resolved, go to the next step.
Perform a clean installation
of Windows XP:
Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or
If Windows automatically detects
the CD-ROM, click
Install Windows to start the
Windows XP Setup Wizard. If
Windows does not automatically detect the CD-ROM, click Start,
click Run, type CD-ROM drive
letter:\setup.exe, and then click
Click New Installation, and
instructions on your screen.
When you receive the
"Press F6 to load SCSI/Raid Drivers"
prompt, press F7 to bypass Advanced Configuration and PowerInterface