XP clean install problem

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Recently my harddrive got re-formated and virtually wiped
clean, by me because I wanted to do a clean install of XP. But now I'm
afraid I've done something bad. I try to load XP by using the disc
that came with my computer, I guess it's called the recovery disc. But
when I try to run setup exe. it says this program will not run in dos
mode. How else or you supposed to run it? Any help greatly
appreciated.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi

    How are you trying to reinstall XP - booting from the XP CD that you have?
    If you have a 'recovery' disk, have a look at the documentation that came
    with it. If you reformatted and deleted any hidden partition, you may have
    to contact your PC supplier for help.

    --

    Will Denny
    MS-MVP - Windows Shell/User
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    "johnny dane" <jldane@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:6f1hq09cq6965oft88qc9p40dg0j3htj2h@4ax.com...
    > Recently my harddrive got re-formated and virtually wiped
    > clean, by me because I wanted to do a clean install of XP. But now I'm
    > afraid I've done something bad. I try to load XP by using the disc
    > that came with my computer, I guess it's called the recovery disc. But
    > when I try to run setup exe. it says this program will not run in dos
    > mode. How else or you supposed to run it? Any help greatly
    > appreciated.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    On Sat, 27 Nov 2004 14:07:33 -0000, "Will Denny" <willdenny@mvps.org>
    wrote:

    >Hi
    >
    >How are you trying to reinstall XP - booting from the XP CD that you have?
    >If you have a 'recovery' disk, have a look at the documentation that came
    >with it. If you reformatted and deleted any hidden partition, you may have
    >to contact your PC supplier for help.

    Well, actually, I was booting to a Win ME startup disc ( the 3
    1/2 kind) so I could get to a dos prompt. Then trying to install from
    the recovery disc in the cd rom drive. But from your response it
    sounds as if I could boot straight to the cd. I wasn't aware that this
    was an option. But from reading some other posts I think maybe I have
    to change the BIOS settings to allow a boot to the cd rom? Is this
    correct? I'm currently at work so I can't read any documentation that
    came with the recove. disc.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    In news:rq2hq0d0vurefop4e07oqgs632isaa7lbk@4ax.com,
    johnny dane <jldane@hotmail.com> typed:

    > On Sat, 27 Nov 2004 14:07:33 -0000, "Will Denny" <willdenny@mvps.org>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Hi
    >>
    >> How are you trying to reinstall XP - booting from the XP CD that you
    >> have? If you have a 'recovery' disk, have a look at the
    >> documentation that came with it. If you reformatted and deleted any
    >> hidden partition, you may have to contact your PC supplier for help.
    >
    > Well, actually, I was booting to a Win ME startup disc ( the 3
    > 1/2 kind) so I could get to a dos prompt. Then trying to install from
    > the recovery disc in the cd rom drive. But from your response it
    > sounds as if I could boot straight to the cd. I wasn't aware that this
    > was an option. But from reading some other posts I think maybe I have
    > to change the BIOS settings to allow a boot to the cd rom? Is this
    > correct?

    Yes. Reboot the machine and press F-(whatever gets you into the bios).
    Look for the boot sequence option in the bios and set whatever drive the CD
    is in, so it's first. Reboot again, and follow the instructions.

    Given your previous posts, I'd opt for a format (even if it seems redundant)
    and a new install.

    Make sure you have your Product Key handy.

    Good luck,
    Bill
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    "johnny dane" <jldane@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:rq2hq0d0vurefop4e07oqgs632isaa7lbk@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 27 Nov 2004 14:07:33 -0000, "Will Denny" <willdenny@mvps.org>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Hi
    >>
    >>How are you trying to reinstall XP - booting from the XP CD that you have?
    >>If you have a 'recovery' disk, have a look at the documentation that came
    >>with it. If you reformatted and deleted any hidden partition, you may
    >>have
    >>to contact your PC supplier for help.
    >
    > Well, actually, I was booting to a Win ME startup disc ( the 3
    > 1/2 kind) so I could get to a dos prompt. Then trying to install from
    > the recovery disc in the cd rom drive. But from your response it
    > sounds as if I could boot straight to the cd. I wasn't aware that this
    > was an option. But from reading some other posts I think maybe I have
    > to change the BIOS settings to allow a boot to the cd rom? Is this
    > correct? I'm currently at work so I can't read any documentation that
    > came with the recove. disc.

    Hi

    You will perhaps need to change the boot sequence in the BIOS, yes. The
    manual for your motherboard should show you how to do that. I'm not sure
    what is on your XP recovery CD, but if you want to try installing from DOS,
    try running winnt.exe from the i386 folder. Don't forget to load smartdrive
    beforehand, otherwise the install will take ages.

    --

    Will Denny
    MS-MVP - Windows Shell/User
    Please reply to the News Groups
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