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Re: Cannot reinstall Window XP
Your harddrive shouldn't have taken a long time to format during the Windows setup procedure, the format operation carried out during setup is a very simple format and doesn't normally take long.
If you know the make of harddrive fitted to your machine, go to the manufacturers website and download the diagnostic tools for your harddrive.
If you don't know the make of harddrive then Hitachi's "Drive Fitness Test" is a good all round diagnostic tool for all makes of harddrive.
Whichever tool you use the best way to run it is from a bootable CD, so you will need to download the tool to a computer with a CD burner. The diagnostic tools are run in a virtual DOS environment created by the CD when you start your compter up with the CD in the CD tray.
You can download the Hitachi tester and read the instructions here: http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT
Please come back and let me know the test results.
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I have to assume you mean you Windows to become the way it was originally? If you have XP then put in the XP disk boot from it, press Enter when the system ask if you want to install Windows. Press F8 when the legal page comes up and then on the next page it should ask if you want to repair your system. Press R. If the repair option does not appear then press F3 to exit.
If you have Vista - it only has a boot repair option
If none of these apply then you'll have to do a total reinstall. You do have the Office suite on CD with your own key?
Is it a restart with a blue screen? Is it XP?
If it is XP do the following:
Boot the laptop with a Win XP cd.
When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your applications, it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
Do u have installed recently, some software? Try to boot up pressing the F8 button, when the menu appears select the option "Windows in safe mode" if u can boot to windows. View our software installed. If it is not software try, boot whit the windows installation disk enter to the setup and select the option repair, u will go to a DOS prompted window (all black whit white letters) must appear "c:\" used the command "chkdsk /f /r" let it run he will try to find any problem in the disk.
Well, you can install XP as long as you have a CD and your laptop has a COA with a key.
Hit delete, F2 or F10 to start the system in setup, change the order of boot devices to make the CD your primary boot device. Restart, boot into the CD and follow the prompts. After you complete your installation you can go to www.hp.com SUPPORT and DOWNLOADS and find whatever drivers you are missing. Take your time and you'll do fine.
Get into the bios setup at start screen. Put as a first boot your cd/dvd rom. save and exit/restart. Get the xp SP2 and download avast antivirus. The first thing you have to do before browsing anywhere else. EXECUTE THE SETUP, install, RESTART and have fun..