I have no idea what the response to this will be since its confused many of my computer literate friends. Hopefully someone will prove my friends "illiterate" so I will know what to do in the future. Ok Here are the specs to start off with: Asus A7V Mobo 512 Crucial Cas2 RAM Hard Drives Varied same problems but here they are (IBM Deskstar ATA 100 60 gig, Maxtor ATA 133 80 gig) Various CD Drives (this shouldn't matter) Athlon Thunderbird 1ghz Here is the deal: Blank Hard Drive (by this I mean straight from factory - nothign on it) fdisk - create primary dos partition Boot from XP CD: Result - "Missing Operating System" or "Press A Key to Reboot". <sorry I don't specifically remember which caused which I saw each several times though> Boot from win98 floppy: If run x:\i386\winnt.exe it runs for a bit then says somethign like win xp needs 383 megs of hard drive space somethign about swap partition. If run format c: I get the normal stuff and it only sees 10.xx gigs thats no good - I never let that finish. Boot from 98 cd: Formats c:\ fine -> Installs OS fine. see's all 80 gigs. What am I doing wrong here? Hopefully something simple that I can correct in the future. Cause installin 98 and then upgrading to XP isn't the desired affect.