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Replacing Hard Drive

I've physically changed the drive but cannot get Windows to load from the CDROM... I've a genuine copy of Windows XP that I want to install, or I could install W2000. I also have W98 + a Windows XP upgrade. Computer originally had W98 loaded. I no longer have the original dsks/CDs.
Will appreciate your advice.
Have a Great Day!
John Morris.

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  • johnamorris Jun 19, 2008

    Quote from my request for help: "I've a genuine copy of Windows XP" - of course it's on CD!

  • johnamorris Jun 24, 2008

    Disappointing response - searching the web tells me that loading a new hard drive in this computer is a problem as it doesn't recognize the USB or PMCIA CD drives and without them, loading the CD drivers is a problem. Would have thought that info was already in your info bank.

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Do you have the xp cd? basicly you need to make sure that your laptop is starting up from cd first so the setup can start.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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  • Ekse Jun 19, 2008

    heres a good video on how to use the bios



    Videos of the Week (Vol. 1): Changing PC BIOS Settings

  • Ekse Jun 19, 2008

    If your hard drive is not detected in the bios it may be too large, this may be fixed with a bios update or a smaller harddrive, I came across this issue in my previous job.

  • Ekse Jun 24, 2008

    No, installing a harddrive into a toshiba is the same as in other brands, there shouldn't be any problems.



    http://www.bixnet.com/toshiba2.html

  • Ekse Jun 24, 2008

    it may involve in takeing the laptop apart but it is not too difficult for a home user todo. Simply follow the instructions.

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U must set the cdrom to be the first boot device for that

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 19, 2008

    as far as i understood ur problem
    u need to install the windows XP with r genuine copy of XP

    am i right/


  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 19, 2008

    and for dooing that.

    install the hard drive in system(which u have done already i think)

    now put the original disk in the CD rom

    now whil booting the computer try to press DEL or F8

    u wil get into bios screen.

    now make sure that cdrom is the first boot device.

    now save changes and exit the bios


  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 19, 2008

    and now the system reboots.

    u wil be guided by the disk itself while this process.

    and u wil be asked for the CD key in next reboot.

    and now u r done.


  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 19, 2008

    but if u have a windows 98 or 2000 installed and u want to upgrade to XP means u can start from the windows directly.

    here once u put in the CD rom u wil be asked for two options.

    one is upgrade(recommended) and another is new installation

    if u perform a upgrade previous version of windows gets deleted and new XP gets installed.

    if u perform a new installation u wil have both the old and NEW OS in ur system. so each time u boot ur system u wil asked for two choices as which operating system u want to enter.

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