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I am trying to load an xp operating system on to hp e-pc 42 computer whose hard drive has been formatted or erased. When I conected the pc to the power supply I get a windows 98 flash screen and then a C:\> prompt but I cannot change the directory to the d:\ to enable me run the xp cd.At the moment I have conneced it to another DELL optiplex gx 270 pc in an attempt to use the network connection for this purpurpose.Please how do I go about this problem?.

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Have you tried to boot the computer off the xp cd? It should boot off the cd then give you the install options, just make sure the boot options in bios allow for booting off the cd

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Restart your computer

During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup

Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS then using the arrow keys navigate to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart

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.

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the next will be because the operating system is loaded and will boot from your cd.


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