I have XP PRO SP3 installed on my HD. It will NOT boot due to a bad boot record. I can boot into the installed OS if I use a XP PRO SP 2 CD, but can't repair the boot record.. I have tried FIXBOOT and FIXMBR and they run without problems but then when I try to reboot from the HD, it gives me a boot failure and tells me to insert a systems disk. If I do that I can either boot to the HD or go into setup to either use Recovery Consol or to reinstall.
I do NOT want to loose my installed applications. What can I do besides leaving the CD in the CDROM and booting through it everytime?
I thought about making a floppy copy of the boot record section of the CD and just booting through it every time because I don't use the floppy for anything else but I can't find any instructions ot make anything except a MS-ODS boot disk which I don't know how to go on into XP from a bootable DOS disk.
Any help you can give besides reinstalling XP, UNLESS YOU CAN TELL ME HOW TO REINTALL XP ON THE HD WITHOUT LOOSING MY INSTALLED APPS, will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Need floppy to boot in XP PRO on HD
Hi, if you can boot using xp cd then instead of going into recovery console you can elect to install xp. The cd will search for existing installations and offer to repair for you. If you are able to get this option it will not delete your programs or personal stuff. You will need your xp code and you may need to reactivate windows when finished. If it doesn't offer repair then f3 to exit so you don't overwrite your personal stuff.
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1) You are booting to the wrong hard drive and it can be reset in the Bios / Boot settings.
2) You have been hit by a Virus which has taken out you MBR (Master Boot Record). There is no access to your primary HD because the computer (BIOS) can no longer recognize it's file structure. You will need to do a complete Operating System install. Be sure to select a full format to remove any traces of the virus during OS install.
While on the Internet you probably fell for an update of download the was really a virus.
Hopefully you have created a System Restore CD so you will have your personal files and programs.
If there was a built in System Restore in a partition on the HD you will not be able to access it.
After re-installing your XP Pro SP2 go to Windows Update and get about 94 file updates, patches and security patches, including SP3. They will download automatically with a few questions along the way.
Hi, You have to go into bios and make the 1st boot order device your cd /dvd rom. (disable hd, other dvd's if you have them and floppy if you have one). Also you should disable boot from other devices if it's there. This will allow you to directly boot from the cd and reformat. Remember to enable HD and make this your first boot order after windows starts the first time. hank
Is it possible that you have installed winxp twice? You say that you installed XP Pro sp3 was that an upgrade from xp home? if so then you will need to uninstall one or both versions of XP then install only one.. Make sure you backup any important files first though
The board is probably good but I've seen this many times when folks try to upgrade old computers. The drivers included with XP aren't working on your machine. It's not working with W2K because when you formatted the HD with XP it removed the IBM label from the HD. You should use your recovery disks to restore the drive.
clean install ............. floppy... fdisk deleting all partitions first.... and then making a partition of the whole disk.. then formatting.... then do the install and of course ntfs.... and see how that goes
Mayeb you need to repair the OS - In which case you will need to have SCSI Controller XP OS floppy driver obtained from IBM website.
Start up the computer booting up from the CD ROM. Then when it comes to "install thrid party devices" - press 'S' and insert the floppy with the SCSI Coontroller on it and follow the on screen instructions.
Please check If your CD drive is detected on BIOS, if yes then Put a Windows XP bootale CD (checkout for the Service Pack) and choose boot from CD in the BIOS and go for "repair option" after the Agreement "I Agree-press F8" session. complete the installation then try installing the printer.
No, it's because Microsoft changed the way boot CDs work with SP2. You need an old CD (Windows XP SP1). I had the same problem here, notebook without floppy, it won't boot from the newer XP version CDs (SP2 or SP3) - but an old SP1 CD works! (Those were all original Microsoft CDs, and the SP2 / SP3 CDs boot just fine on several other PCs I tested. It's just that some old hardware has a problem with the boot mode used on newer Windows CDs.)