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can not load win xp  in new hard drive

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Attemping to format/load winxp on new Hard drive
use win98 recovery disk to fdisk/format
no problems  but when i attempt to setup win  xp   messg reads  "Can not run in Dos mode"
not had this messg before when i have set up new hard drives
any solutions/answers  appreciated
thanks
Mike
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HOW TO: Start Setup from MS-DOS in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307848

BEGIN ARTICLE

The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

This article was previously published under Q307848
IN THIS TASK
SUMMARY

Preparing to Run Setup
Starting Windows XP Setup from MS-DOS

SUMMARY
This article describes how to start Windows XP Setup from an MS-DOS command-line.

Preparing to Run Setup
Before you install Windows XP:
Verify that your computer hardware is compatible with Windows XP. For the latest compatibility information, and to download and install drivers for the listed hardware, see the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs Web site at:

http://www.microsoft.com/hcl/

To view the system requirements for Windows XP, view this Microsoft Web site:

ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/services/whql/hcl/WinXPHCLx86.txt

Read the following documents on the Windows XP CD-ROM (where Drive is the drive that contains the Windows XP CD-ROM). These documents contain information to help you prepare for the installation.
Drive:\Docs\Read1st.txt: This contains critical last-minute information that was not included in the documentation or any other .txt file on the CD-ROM.
Drive:\Docs\RelNotes.htm: This contains the Windows XP release notes.
Drive:\Readme.htm: This contains late-breaking or other information that supplements the Windows XP documentation.
Create a partition on the hard disk and format it with the FAT or FAT32 file system.For additional information about creating a partition, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

255867 How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or Repartition a Hard Disk

Note that Windows XP Setup requires at least 383 megabytes (MB) of free disk space to copy installation files during Setup.
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Starting Windows XP Setup from MS-DOS
Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Start the computer to an MS-DOS prompt with CD-ROM support. If your computer does not have MS-DOS already installed, or does not allow you to choose to start to an MS-DOS prompt in the Boot menu, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

187632 How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk that Supports FAT32

Start SMARTDrive if it is not already started. To do this, change to the folder that contains the Smartdrv.exe file, type smartdrv, and then press ENTER. If you do not use SMARTDrive, you may notice that the portion of Windows XP Setup that copies files to the hard disk performs slowly.
At the command prompt, type drive:, and then press ENTER (where drive is the drive that contains the Windows XP CD-ROM).
Type cd\i386, and then press ENTER.
Type winnt, and then press ENTER. Windows XP Setup starts.
Type the path to the Windows XP installation files, and then press ENTER. For example, type d:\i386.

Windows Setup copies files to the hard disk. When the files are copied, the following message appears:

The MS-DOS based portion of Setup is complete.
Setup will now restart your computer. After your computer restarts,
Windows XP Setup will continue.

If there is a floppy disk in drive A:, remove it now.

Press ENTER to restart your computer and continue Windows XP Setup.

Remove any floppy disks from the computer, and then press ENTER. The computer restarts and Windows XP Setup resumes. Press ENTER to continue.
Follow the steps to select and format a partition in which to install Windows XP.

If your hard disk contains only one partition, do not delete it from the list of existing partitions. Windows XP Setup has copied the installation files to this partition.

You can later convert a FAT32-formatted partition to the NTFS file system.

Setup copies the files needed for Windows XP Setup, and then the computer restarts.

If you chose to format the drive by using the NTFS file system, Windows checks the drive for errors, and then restarts.

Windows XP Setup resumes in Graphical User Interface (GUI) mode.
Follow the steps in the Windows Setup Wizard to complete the installation of Windows XP.

Last Reviewed: 10/27/2002
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COPYRIGHT NOTICE. Copyright 2002 Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington 98052-6399 U.S.A. All rights reserved.
 
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XP Home Install step by step for new hard drives
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/winxp/installxphomefresh/index.htm

XP Pro Install step by step for new hard drives
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/winxp/installxpfresh/index.htm
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These steps are for a clean install of XP. Read this article for steps on upgrading your current system to XP.

First, you're going to need to change your BIOS boot order to boot from CD-ROM. Once you do this you'll then be able to boot your computer from the Installation CD.

After changing the boot order in BIOS, save the changes, and then reboot your computer. Make sure your Installation CD is in your CD-ROM. If it is you'll be prompted to press your space bar to directly boot from CD-ROM emulation. Press your space bar as soon as you see this message.

Wait a few minutes while the installation begins to copy the preliminary setup files to your computer. After this completes you'll be ready to start directing the install process.

You will be asked if you want to perform a new installation, repair an existing installation, or quit. In this case, you will be performing a new install. Press the correct key to perform a new installation.

Read the terms of the end user license agreement, and press F8 to agree.

The next phase of the installation is real similar to that of Windows 2000. So, if you're familiar with the Windows 2000 installation process this should be a cinch.
Basically, you need to decide which partition of your hard drive you will install Windows XP on. You will have the opportunity to create and/or delete partitions or just allocate the available disk space to one partition. However, try to keep your partitions within reasonable size.

We recommend using multiple partitions of 4-8GB, preferably on more than one hard drive. This will help you back up your data and optimize system performance later on down the road. Once you have figured out which partition XP will be installed on it's time to format it.

Choose to format the partition to either FAT32 or NTFS (recommended for single OS install). You'll also see two additional choices to perform a quick format of each option. Stick with doing a full format of either option instead. After you've determined which option is right for you, press the correct key to format the partition.

This would be a good time to take a break and come back in a few minutes. The setup program will automatically start copying files after the partition is formatted.
From this point on, you're going to see each and every file name that's being copied over to your hard drive appear in the lower left corner. As the file names go from A to Z, the installation completion percentage will increase.

Choose the region and language.

Type in your name and organization.

Enter your product license key.

Name the computer, and enter an Admin password. Don't forget to write down your Administrator password. After the installation is complete it would be extremely wise to create a password restore disk in the event you forget your Administrator password someday.

Enter the correct date and time.

Choose your network settings. Leave on automatic if you use a dhcp server to assign IP addresses. If you have static IP address for broadband access, enter the settings that your ISP has provided you.

Choose workgroup or domain name.

Register this copy of Windows XP if you've installed all the current hardware on your machine. Otherwise, wait until you've finished installing any additional hardware so you don't have to activate your copy of XP again.

Add users that will sign on to this computer.

Log in, and update drivers.

Driver install

XP found drivers for all of the hardware in our test machines, with the exception of a wireless network adapter that was added. Update all drivers that had updates available for download.

It takes about 30 minutes to perform this installation. After that, you will be a few personalized settings away from getting started on your XPerience. With a little use, the GUI even starts to grow on you.
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Thanks for advise  will inwardly digest  and set tothe task
MANY Thanks
Rgds Mike
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Hi Crazyone
Thanks again for info
worked a treat
rgds Mike
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