Trying to fix an old PC. Windows XP CD won't boot.

Hi, I'm trying to install windows xp on someones PC. They want it formatting and totally rerfreshing. The problem is that when I boot from the CD, after the "Press any key to boot from CD..." windows continues to boot up as usual. It defenitely sees the CD because the press any key promt.

Any ideas on what I can do? The computer is too oldto support booting from USB, so I need to get the CD booted somehow.

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  1. It might be a bad disc, or a bad dvd drive. Are you using a good disc? You are correct that the "Press any key to boot from CD" prompt comes up only when a bootable Windows DVD is inserted, so it's being recognized. I think it's not booting into the installation process because there's an error trying to read through the setup files.
  2. It can't be, apart from my actual windows disc I also tried TinyXP, it does the exact same thing, and I know that these are good unscratched discs.
  3. The windows xp disc is an original but the TinyXP is not. The discs work, but the drive I'm not so sure about. I don't have any other IDE drives to test it with. So let's just assume for now that the drive works, and the discs work, what else could be the problem?
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