Formating and Installing WindowsXP

By Sellam
Mar 22, 2007
  1. Having formatted and installed Windows XP, every time the computer is shut down and starts the following message comes up
    "Disk Boot Failure
    Insert System Disk and Press Enter."

    Once this is done the computer works alright.
    Can any one please, help me to get rid of this probelm
    Thank you
  2. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Make sure you dont have a floppy disk or USB mass storage (IE Flash drives) hooked up during boot up.
  3. Sellam

    Sellam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you Gavinseabrook for your response.
    There are no floppy disks or mass USB storeage hooked up on the Computer.
    I came to think of it only after reading your reply.
    When I went into BIOS I changed the boot up into CD from the floppy in the BIOS before formatting and installing Winows. I think I have to change in the BIOS from CD to C drive.
    I hope you would agree with me. I was doing this job for a friend.
    Thank you very much,
  4. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    There shouldnt be a problem with the "Boot Sequence". Right now mine is Cdrom/Floppy/HDD0. But your are free to try it if you want. Just remember that if you need to reinstall or repair, you have to set the CDrom as first boot device.
  5. Sellam

    Sellam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Formatting ad Installing Windows XP

    Hi Gavinseabrook,
    Thank you very much for your reply.

    I am not sure of the boot sequence.

    When I went into BIOS it was set up on floppy. But I changed the boot set up to CD ROM in order to boot from Windows XP and install it. I was successful in installing and the computer is working fine.

    But the probelm is , everytime we switch on the computer, it is asking for the CD to be inserted to boot. Once the CD is inserted, Windows opens and the computer works alright.
    That is why I wanted to change the boot setup to HD0 or HD1 whatever.
    There is only one hard disk.
    What would be your advice.
    Thank you
  6. McBob

    McBob TS Rookie

    First thing is first, which system Bios are you running?
    If you dont know, it should be displayed on the top of the screen durring the
    power on self test of the console.
    But b4 i get into that, most system Bios run on Chipset parameters, so you shouldnt have a problem scrolling threw the menu and looking for the "Boot Device" or something similar to that. Once you find it set the consoles'
    "Boot Device" to match the Harddisk type youre currently using for your windows
    If your not sure open the console and look upon the manufactures label on the
    front of the Harddisk and look for SCSI, if this is not present then dont worry
    about selecting the SCSI "Boot Device" option untill after you have tryed HD0
    and HD1.
    This will work in most cases in Terms of most Bios
    If you think your Bios may react differently download an upgrade from your
    MOBOs manufactures website.

    Questions and more Email to

    oops, srry bout that
  7. Sellam

    Sellam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you McBob.

    I will try. Will there be anything wrong if I went into BIOS and just change the Boot Set up from CD ROM to HD0 or HD1

  8. McBob

    McBob TS Rookie

    there shouldnt be

    hey evry1
    no i dont think ull have a problem as long as the windows installation is the
    harddisk set to HD0 or HD1, but remember wat i said bout the SCSI option also.

    Questions and more Email to
  9. Sellam

    Sellam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you McBob.

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