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Dell Studion XPS won't boot

Hello,
I purchased a used Dell Studio XPS computer. It has a blank SATA hard drive and no Floppy drives just USB slots.
When I try to boot it say Bootmgr not found. I am assuming the previous owner deleted all data and partitions from the hard drive. In an effort to fix this issue I tried to install XP with my old installation disk. It booted and started but half way through loading the installation programs etc. , I got the blue screen of death just after it had copied the NTFS and FAT programs.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Dom
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  1. What XP, you should try SP3.
  2. mosox said:
    What XP, you should try SP3.


    I am trying to install XP from a cd onto a BLANK SATA hard drive. In order to apply SP1, SP2 or SP3 you first have to have the base level of XP installed on the PC.
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    You can slipstream the XP to SP3 on some other PC and create a SP3 iso.
  4. Dominos said:
    I am trying to install XP from a cd onto a BLANK SATA hard drive. In order to apply SP1, SP2 or SP3 you first have to have the base level of XP installed on the PC.


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    I assume that you've formatted the drive before loading in the XP. If not, try that! If after putting in XP and you still see the same thing, sounds like you need a new hard drive.
  5. well first off, its a dell. thats a problem :)

    its probally the HDD, my friend brought me a computer to fix with that issue and after a lot of headach it was found to be the HDD was failing. try replaceing it.
  6. Best answer selected by Dominos.
  7. mosox said:
    You can slipstream the XP to SP3 on some other PC and create a SP3 iso.


    Thanks for the help. I did the slipstream of XP and SP3 and that did the trick.
    Once again thanks for the help
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