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my cd will read a disk but I cannot get it so show up in the boot drive list

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December 30, 2013 1:38:31 PM

I have n older Dell pc and am having trouble with windows XP. I do not have the original windows xp disc. I have a dell windows xp disk from a friend and tried to reinstal windows but it say I cannot as it is an older system than is installed. I cannot boot from my cd as it does not show up on the bootable devices.
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December 31, 2013 6:59:14 AM

No guarantee that it will work, but the problem is that your OS has been upgraded since the installation and you cannot install an older version.

So, what I would do is clean the disk. Download and run DBAN from HERE, burn to a CD or DVD and boot from it and nuke the drive (everything gets permanently erased). Once that is done, you should be able to install using your XP key.
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