The system cannot find the file or directory specified.
Do you have your windows product key, 25 digits in sets of 5?
for the disc yeah.
it told me earlier that the ntldr file was missing
ok, well that was the error part of trial and error. Looks like its time for repair install. Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system! However, the system repair function will remove any updates you have previously installed that are not included on the CD. Drivers will also be reverted to their original XP versions, as well as some settings (network & performance settings may sometimes be reset to their defaults). It may be necessary to reactivate your Windows XP as well. When finished, you will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update, because they are all replaced during repair.
Also note that system files becoming corrupt is sometimes a result of malicious software and this repair install isn't removing everything off of your drive so the malicious software could still be present so after you are up and running I recommend that you run through the malware removal steps here on the forums, I will provide a link after we get you back on track.
restart your computer.
instead of pressing R this time press enter
press the F8 key to continue from license agreement
Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.
If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.
Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!
Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, and have your CD-KEY ready if needed.
a Repair Install will leave your system vulnerable. You can get infected within seconds. Do not go on line until you have enabled XP's firewall first.
Then run Windows Update!
no previous windows installations were found... yay.
um, its telling me to insert my NT, Me or some other kind of windows install disc to ensure that i qualify for the upgrade....
thats right after i accept the EULA
Did you select fresh copy?
i never got to taht option.. i hit enter to install it, the eula pops up i hit f8 then it tells me to insert my old disc
Is this XP disk an upgrade version to upgrade from 98 or 2k to XP?
not that i know of... its not the xp disc that came with the computer because that one doesnt exist... i have an old win Me disc in the garage, not sure if i could just put that in to make it work.
It sounds like it wants you to boot from that then upgrade to XP
I can give you a link to download and burn a bootable XP cd then you can just use your product key if you want, or you can try installing ME then upgrading.
What I am wondering is how did you install XP, Did you ever have ME on this mahcine? Did you ever dual-boot 2 OS's?
i never had anything but xp on this comp.. came that way... link to the bootable xp cd would be good.
OK, first do just like before hitting f8 at the EULA. then when it says whatever it said before hit escape and tell me what it says
doesnt do anything... only enter when cd is in drive or f3 to exit.
I thought esc would bypass the repair
what happens when you hit enter
it says something on the order of "invalid disc in drive, please re-insert. Press Enter when ready"
ok, we can do it the hard way with commands. You are going to lose data, let me know if you want to stop and try other things. This is the only other way I can think of
Restart, Hit R to get back to c:\ and type DISKPART
data meh... i just want the damn thing to work... trying that now.
delete part or create part?
Select the partition and press D
That will delete the partition
then press L to confirm
Ok, now what do you have left
We are going to create a new partition next but I need to know what is left on the list
bunch of unknown drives and:
Unpartitioned Drive 131069mb available space
something like that...