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Help Cancel XP Installation

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January 12, 2013 3:49:35 PM

I halfwittingly decided to re-install windows xp on my computer, half-way through the installation I realized I did not have the correct discs. How do I cancel this installation? I've tried F3 on the installation screen, F8 brings up a seemingly useless boot menu, and safe-mode will not work due to the lack of an OS installed. I have windows 7 discs at the ready if this makes your task and simpler.

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a c 789 à CPUs
January 12, 2013 4:46:32 PM

If the installation already started, let alone formatted the drive, install 7 from your disk on restart.
January 12, 2013 5:06:42 PM

As in, put the disk in and attempt to boot from disk or whichever it's called?
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January 12, 2013 5:19:07 PM

Turn off the computer, put the Windows 7 disk in and start it up again. If it has trouble go into bios and set the dvd drive as the boot drive.
January 12, 2013 5:48:03 PM

Done. It simply continued and took me to the setup screen once again.
January 12, 2013 5:58:43 PM

Hold the power button in for about 10-12 seconds for a forced shutdown.