Windows XP installation problems

By Louiem
Jun 21, 2005
  1. Firstly, I put together a brand new PC a few days ago. After I got everything running, a friend recommended I install Windows XP pro X64 edition. I did so, and my instillation went smoothly, but after the OS was installed I had several problems regarding drivers so I decided I would rather just go with Windows XP pro as my OS.

    I started off by going into my bios and having my computer boot from cd-rom. The setting saved, my computer would not boot from my Windows XP cd, instead it would load up to XP X64. So I tried opening the windows XP from inside my OS and I started up the cd but the choice to "Install Windows" is somewhat of a faded/shadowed text that will not let me click on it. I tried putting in another windows XP home cd and it does the same thing. Anyone know as to why, and moreso how I can get out of this bind?

    I'de appretiate any help, and thanks in advance.

  2. Grok451

    Grok451 TS Booster Posts: 85

    Are you sure you didn't get an option at boot time to boot from CD? On my system with the Award BIOS, if I set BIOS to boot from CD, I still get a prompt at boot time to verify I want to boot from the CD. If I don't hit any key, it times out and boots from the hard drive.

    The other option is to create a boot diskette and format or fdisk the hard drive.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That would be my suggestion, get a hold of a 98SE boot disk and format your current partition/HDD, then you should be able to boot from the CD and install XP Pro.

    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
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