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Virus attacked pc. I wiped the hard drive then turned the computer off before formatting,STUPID now it won't pick up the XP Pro disk to install it what have I done and how do I fix it? please help

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Power the system on, the press f12 for the 1 time boot menu, see if you can boot to the XO CD that way.

If no go, change boot sequence in BIOS to the optical drive 1st, save and reboot.

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