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Hard Drive On screen reading - no fixed disc when I try to install Windows XP pro

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    Gary Luis May 11, 2010

    Are you trying to install windows XP on a SATA drive?

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Your hard-drive or IDE cable (the cable that attaches the HDD to the motherboard) may be damaged. Try replacing this cord, or get professional help from your local computer service shop.

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But if I may ask before you tried installing this Windows what windows did you have on your computer?

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I will explain the process for you.

First of all if your computer has some windows like windows 98 or older than you can install the windows by simply inserting the disc and choosing the drive and install the windows.

However if you do not have any windows installed on your system or you have windows installed later than windows xp and want to install another operating system than use the following method.

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A blue screen will show up, and the setup program will now load all the required files. This can take a while, so don’t panic; be patient. Press the enter key when you see a message “Press Enter to set up Windows XP.
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Now you’ll see “Un-partitioned Space” in place of the list of the partitions. Select this box, and press C key to create a new partition. Now, select the size for the new partition. You’ll now go to the screen that will read something like this: “C: Partition 1.” Select the partition and press the enter key; on the next screen, select the file system to be used to format the drive. You may choose either NTFS or FAT32 file system. Formatting will now begin.
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I would take it back to them and demand that WINXP Pro is put back in there and it boot correctly
They saved about 50 bucks putting in WINXP Home.

Sounds like a bunch of rookies trying to pull a fast one.

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