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Reinstall Win XP Pro

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My Acer Veriton M460 suddenly started to reboot 25-30 seconds after I turned the power on. This happened after the same time no matter what I did, logged on or not. I was adviced to reinstall Windows. And so I did, using the installation DVDs 1 and 2, but after finishing the installation of disc 2, I'm asked to insert the System CD. I don't know what System CD is or what's on it. Can I download this CD?
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Question by:Terje_S
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by:LeeTutor
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If you had just used the second CD, I would guess that it is the first one it wants in again...
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by:jcimarron
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Terje_S--Are those installation DVD's full installation DVD's or rather recovery disks?  It seems somewhat unusual that you have TWO DVD disks as installation media.  All of Windows should fit on one.
The "System CD" should be a normal, but full, retail installation CD.  But that is not normal terminology.  Are you sure that is the exact error message?  
If your installation DVD is still in the CD-ROM drive, what happens when you just click the message off (assuming you can).
Sorry for all the questions, but how are you trying to reinstall Windows?  Is this a Repair Install rather than format and reinstall?
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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by:Tapan Pattanaik
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hi Terje_S,
 
                  When asked to insert the system CD, at that time the dvd 2 is inside the DVD drive or not?
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by:Terje_S
ID: 24387902
Hello.

The discs are recovery DVDs for win XP, and there are two of them. After running disc 1 I was told to insert disc 2. And after the second disc had finished I got the instruction to insert the system CD.
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by:Tapan Pattanaik
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hi Terje_s,

             Try to put dvd1, then check ...
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by:Terje_S
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Hi again.
Well I tried to insert the first DVD again, and the PC started to copy files, and then I was told to restart the computer. But after restart I only came back to the original windows boot manager window, where I'm told to insert the windows installation disc and restart the PC. So now I'm running the intallation again... starting with DVD 1.
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by:SysExpert
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Also remember to remove all DVD's at the end...

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by:Tapan Pattanaik
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Hi Terje_S,

""""Well I tried to insert the first DVD again, and the PC started to copy files, and then I was told to restart the computer..............""""

 When u restart the computer at that time  u should have to remove the DVD. check it
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by:Terje_S
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Good morning!
The computer ejects the DVDs automatically after it has finished with them, so the disc was removed when I restarted.

For information, the exact message is: Insert backup disk 1 or System CD into optical drive.

I don't have neither.
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by:jcimarron
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Terje_S--
1) I suspect one of those two "installation DVDs" have programs other than Windows on them.  Do they have lables?  If you only want to reinstall Windows, use only the disc with Windows on it.
2) You say a disc is ejected automatically when installation ends.  But if you leave a disc in the CD-ROM tray, most PC's will close the drive tray as part of the re-boot process.  You will then be reading from that disc.
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Good evening.

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Terje_S--
1) I suspect one of those two "installation DVDs" have programs other than Windows on them.  Do they have lables?  If you only want to reinstall Windows, use only the disc with Windows on it.
2) You say a disc is ejected automatically when installation ends.  But if you leave a disc in the CD-ROM tray, most PC's will close the drive tray as part of the re-boot process.  You will then be reading from that disc.

1: The DVDs are original discs that came with the PC, and are labeled with all the correct information.
2: I always remove the disc when the PC ejects it.


OK everyone, thank you very much for all your help trying to solve my problem.
I think I have found a way out of it, not fixing the problem though.....
The PC came with both norwegian and english versions of the recovery discs. After several failed attepts to reinstall the original norwegian installation, I decided to try the english version, and that seems to work. I'm now in the process of updating houndred of files from windows update and everything is looking good.

Thanx again.
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