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October 3rd 2009 5:03 pm

Trouble loading Windows XP

The company I was working for went out of business in July. I still have my company laptop and have used it to experiment with a number of things since then. After I was finished playing with the Windows 7 RC I completely erased the disk thinking I would need to do this to go back to XP. I have the machine set to boot from CD but can't get it to do anything. I have verified in the BIOS that the CD drive is the first in the boot order and have tried going through a one time boot as well. All I get is a black screen with a white flashing cursor.

Any ideas on how to get the OS to load?

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Check your CD for smudges or scratches. If so, clean it. Reboot your PC and lookout for "run from CD". As soon as you see this hit 'any key' to boot from CD. Let me know what happens.
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Thanks for the help. The issue turned out to be a problem between the keyboard and the chair. I mistakenly grabbed the Office 2003 disk rather than the Windows XP disk. No wonder it wouldn't boot from the CD drive.

I appreciate your recommendation no less.
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Thanks everyone for the help. I been using W7 with your help since my post.
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