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I went to reformat my computer the other day, I want to install either XP or 2kPRO(preferrably 2kpro).  Both of these are supposed to be able to boot from.  However, they arent doing this.  I set the bios to boot CD first.  I tried to get a 98 boot disk and boot from there, I created a partition, still nothing, I get no CD support.  Many times I have gone through these procedures, I have deleted partitions with XP admin utilities.  What can I do to get my computer to boot with CD support?
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by:CrazyOne
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Here try these starup disks and see if they help

download and create the Win2000 setup disks

http://www.tech24.com/tools/bootdisks/win2kpro.asp 


Obtaining Windows XP Setup Boot Disks
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310994 


The Crazy One
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by:dipersp
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Do you have the drivers for your CD rom?  If you're using a boot disk and booting into DOS, you'll need to get the specific drivers for it.  Anymore these days, most IDE drives use the same drivers.

Only other thing I can think of is the setting is not holding in your BIOS, or your CD ROM is having problems with the bootable CD.  Do you have another one you can try?  Win2k and XP CDs should be able to boot for you.  Any errors?
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by:Cookie_man_OCNZ
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go into bios "press delete on startup" find option in bios that says "boot from cd" then save and exit restart and it should boot from the cd dont forgot to turn it back to boot form hdd other wise the comm wont start
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by:Cookie_man_OCNZ
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tired so about the bad post :/
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by:rid
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YOu should do one of these things:

1) Set machine to boot from CD, and then do just that, using the w2k CD.

2) Set machine to boot from floppy first and use a floppy that has CD drivers and support on it. You can download files to create such a boot floppy from www.bootdisk.com.

regards
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by:Huseyin1
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Hi
yes, rid's right, boot from floppy, install CD ROM drive then as you are in DOS type D: and setup your new OS once its in the drive
H
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by:short_fat_n_black
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I have booted from a disk from bootdisk.com(98se bootdisk) with cd support...however, when i create a partition and then format, it doesnt let me type D:\>setup it says that the program cannot run from dos.  I can't boot from the CD, do I boot from CD with no partitions or when? I have tried booting from both cd and floppy several times...
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by:CrazyOne
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Please use these they will save you a lot trouble

download and create the Win2000 setup disks
http://www.tech24.com/tools/bootdisks/win2kpro.asp 


Obtaining Windows XP Setup Boot Disks
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310994 
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by:CrazyOne
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Any way if you insist one installing it from a DOS disk (not a good choice though) then you need to do this

d:\1386\winnt.exe
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by:short_fat_n_black
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crazyone- if i do it the way you told me to, with the win2kboot disk, can i boot from those disks? should i boot from an empty harddisk(no partitions)?  thanks for the help!
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by:CrazyOne
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Just boot them like you do the Win98 boot disk then when all the disks are loaded put your CD in and that follow the instructions on the screen.
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by:limna99
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I had the same problem with you and couldn't boot directly from the CD-ROM neither Win2k nor XP. The cleanest and best way to install any of these OS is to use the boot floppy disks, as some people already mentioned. The Win2k Pro CD actually includes the utility to create those floppies in a directory called BOOTDISK. For WinXP, you'll have to download them from Microsoft, i.e. the link given in previous comments. You're gonna need 4 floppies for Win2k and 6 floppies for XP. No, you don't need to have an empty hard disk. You could even have other OSs already installed if you like (and get a multi-boot configuration) or logical partitions. Once the boot disks are loaded, you will be prompted to select the partition that you want your new installation to be and you can delete and format any partitions as you wish. Good Luck:)
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PLEASE DELETE THIS THREAD~!
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by:short_fat_n_black
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nothing worked...sorry guys
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