Installing XP but get 'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility'

By DJDakoo
Jun 26, 2008
  1. Hey guys,

    A newbie to the board so please go easy on me lol!

    I got an old computer from a friend..a Dell Optiplex GX110. P3 733Mhz, 128mb, OS

    So I turned on the computer and got the msg: Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility.

    I popped in an XP Pro CD (its burnt), and pressed F1...restarts and comes back to the same page...
    The other problem is: the CD tray closes, opens, closes, then opens and stays OPEN! this a hardware problem?...or the computer rejecting the CD?

    My boot sequence has CDROM as #1...Anyone know the problem/solution?

    ANY help would be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Firstly remove your email addy from your post (using "EDIT")
    This is an Open Public Forum, all messages will be replied to here (like mine right now)

    Is this version of Windows legitamit?
    There are many reasons to answer this truthfully, as there are many different (known) Windows versions out there.

    Now, that "Burnt CD" is it bootable in the first place?
    The best way to tell, would be by putting it into another computer to test

    Is your CD drive just a CD Drive and the disc is a DVD disc?
    Usually Windows Xp comes on CD, but can be burnt to DVD

    Do other bootable disks work in the drive?
    You can download the Ultimate Boot CD to confirm this.

    Waiting for your reply...
  3. DJDakoo

    DJDakoo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply!
    I turned the computer off...then turned it on in the morning and the installation started!
    I had restarted the computer many times last night but I guess I needed to actually shut it off then turn it back on?...

    Anyways...everything seems to be going good now
    Thanks for your reply!
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