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    XP Pro CD Won't Boot from CD

    I have a burned copy of XP Pro and it will not boot from the cd. I have the bios set up correctly. Do you think it is becasue it is a burned cd...

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    sometimes that happens , do you have a pc you can see whats on the disk? like the autorun file .
    try cleaning the disk.
    try a different bootable cd is you have one. (might be an old cd-rom)
    use a win95, 98, etc boot floppy cd cd the the cd drive and start the setup manualy.

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    The problem is it is a laptop with a swapable drive... only disk or cd. I'll just have to find a regular copy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurb999
    The problem is it is a laptop with a swapable drive... only disk or cd. I'll just have to find a regular copy...
    You need to reburn that CD and make it bootable using these instructions:
    http://old.bink.nu/xpbootcd/

    good luck.

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    Or you can go in to the bios and make it boot from cd rom only i have had to do this before. but then again i dont have alot of laptop bios exp. i know it works on my xp box at home.

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    I'll try that guys... thanks!!!

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    what is the bios set to ??

    do other bootable disks boot off of the machine?

    if they do and the xp disk still does not .. it is possible there is no boot info on the disk to begin with... something like a running upgrade cd that can be run from a pc already running windows without a bootable drive or ability to change the bios to do so.

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    I set the bios to boot from the CD first but it just skips it. I think it has something to do with it being burned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurb999
    I set the bios to boot from the CD first but it just skips it. I think it has something to do with it being burned...
    Correct!

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    Why are you trying to boot up with the XP Professional? If you're trying to boot the program without loading it first (that's kinda what it sounds like), I don't think it will work. What OS is the computer running now?

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    That is what you do to format a hard drive and do a clean install of the os... boot it from the cd. In the old days you used to have to make a boot disk (floppy) but now-a-days, computers can boot directly from the cd.

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    bah download a debian iso and load up debian. its free and it rocks

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    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ they have some intersting stuff on there you might try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENraged
    bah download a debian iso and load up debian. its free and it rocks


    Have fun without any of your games working,
    learning how to configure and adminster a secure linux box,
    trying to get all of your hardware working,
    getting X windows working properly,
    learning an entirely new windowing interface,
    trying how to figure out how to copy a file to a floppy,
    trying to mount a cd-rom with cryptic commands.

    The guy is having trouble making a bootable cd-rom. I don't think he needs the additional hassle of learning a new operating system.

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    ha ha... I think I'll stick with windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurb999
    That is what you do to format a hard drive and do a clean install of the os... boot it from the cd. In the old days you used to have to make a boot disk (floppy) but now-a-days, computers can boot directly from the cd.

    You don't have to boot it from the disk to have it format the hard drive. If you have a new hard drive, it should have come with a disk that allows you to install the OS, and if you already have an OS (especially an earlier version of Windows) all you have to do is run the disk and it does the rest. XP asks you if you want to keep the old OS or delete it, if you want to reformat the disk (if you're using an old Windows FAT 32 system). I've installed Windows on new hard drives and I've installed Windows XP Proffesional over Windows ME and a few computers with Windows XP Home. I've never booted off of the CD Rom itself.

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    All set guys thanks! I got a "legit" version of XP and it booted fine.

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