I cant get past the 'press F8 to continue' screen during XP Pro setup
Posted on 2009-03-31
I am loading XP Pro onto an HP Pavilion a1600n which had Media center on it. I boot to cd and it copies files and gets to the 'Welcome to Windows XP screen press enter to continue. Then the license agreement comes up where it says escape to decline F8 to continue and pagedown to scroll. It doesn't respond when I press F8. It will however let me Pageup/down and also lets me press esc and then restarts the PC. I have tried with multiple XP discs, both Home and PRo and have even tried replaceing the CD drive. Anyone ever run into this before? I have installed XP probably 1000 times and had lots of different issues which I have worked through but I have never seen this. Also, I tried using an unattended disc first and it won't even boot to that cd, It just says 'can't find NTLDR. That is when I tried using an Original XP Pro disc thinking it might be nmy Unattended that was the problem.