Can't install Windows... Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

By a132s123d123
Dec 16, 2010
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  1. Hello.
    I am trying to Install Windows XP on my old PC. It didn't have a CD-ROM so I used one from my new Computer. The Problem I am getting is that whenever I connect the CD-ROM, computer doesn't boot. It Ends Up giving me error : "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"
    The Hard Disk is alright and does boot if CD-ROM is disconnected. However, After I connect the CD-ROM, Hard Disk won't Boot either, even when it is first boot device.
    CD-ROM is working fine on other PC and hard disk is also quite right when CD-ROM is not connected to the PC.
    I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out.
    Thanks.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,283   +182

    If the optical drive is IDE, check the jumper settings on the back of the drive. If you have the CD drive and the hard drive on the same cable, one should be master and the other slave or set both to cable select.


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