My hard disk crashed, so i bought new one yesterday at best buy and am attempting to reinstall windows xp. Once I get the system up i want to get the virus protection on and the windows updated before i go any futher. But each time the system reboots it wants to adjust display settings, setup network, ask who the users are, etc. Its like it keeps repeating the last steps of the install over and over again.
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Re: problems with windows xp fresh install
Let the os install and accept all defaults. U can set the perfers up later. it will install as one user "admin". It will detect any networks U have after the system is all done. U can go online and activate the xp then get off line and install U'r antivirus. Like said above, only boot from the cd once.
I assume that you had Windows XP installed previously prior to the hard drive crash?
You need to complete the installation - have you gotten to the Welcome screen at any point? It sounds like you've not completed the installation and that is why it keeps asking you to set up the network, etc.
You will not be able to install virus protection, Windows Updates or anything else until the installation is completed. Once you have your internet access up and running, you will need to activate the software.
Is the version of Windows that you are re-installing an OEM version (did it come pre-installed on the original hard drive?)
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This could be a problem with corrupted operating system files, I request you to format you hard drive completely then reinstall the operating system you want. If you could format the complete hard drive then there is no problem with the hard drive.
Is the disk you have xp pro? If not, just do the xp home or whatever is on the disk. You may have to format your hard drive to clear it to accept the windows. Get plenty of advise before you do anything permanent like formating your hard drive. Get any factory disks that you can that will have your bios on them.
once you format your sytems means, you deleted whole OS so you need to reinstall fresh OS on it.
you supposed to have a recovery disk (it comes alongwith laptop while buying it)
but it depends on what basic OS was there when you bought your Laptop if there was XP then you got XP OS recovery disk if there was vista then you have Vista recovery disk.
if you don't have recovery disk then you need to get new Vista disk from market to install back vista in your laptop.
If you would like to start up in the xp ,At computer start up hit F1 or F2 there are so many ways some times its hold the del key ,once your into the BIOS you can change the boot order of your drives to make the drive xp is on load first .You will have to do this everytime or buy a program that will do it for you .I would just leave the power unpluged on one of the drives until you need it that way it will be safe from a virus or if you have a hard drive crash you always have one good drive .Hops this helps.
There are alot of things that can be challenging when upgrading to Vista or installing a fresh Vista installation, for sure. I'll see if I can help to at least shed some light on things and hopefully we can find a solution. Because your problem is complicated and atypical, I'll have to ask some questions before I can get started.
To start with, I'm curious about how your computer "crashed" to begin with. This information will be very useful in determining the true cause of the problem and, hopefully, a resolution.
1) What kind of problems were you having previously? 2) What operating system were you using? 3) What did you attempt to fix the problems? 4) Did you perform any hardware diagnostics? (hard drive diagnostic, memory diagnostic, mainboard diagnostic, etc)
Because there are so many variables at play with a Vista installation, I've got some basic questions for clarification. If you can answer these questions I'll be able to do some research on the problem. Some of these may have been answered in your original post, but I want to be sure I have the right information.
5) What brand and model of computer are you working with? 6) Did you perform an "upgrade install" of Vista from within XP or did you perform a "clean install" from the disc? 7) When exactly did you encounter the error?
Please reply to this post with answers to these questions and I'll see what I can do. I may need more information once the original questions are answered, but I'll let you know.
you need to reinstall the programs to when you reinstall xp you did a clean new install but put a new registry so the programs are there but windows xp does not know look for install or setup file for each program or if you have installation cd install from there..