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Topic # 7942 23-May-2006 11:21
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Hey Guys,

First of all Hello as this is my first postLaughing

O.K, I have just bought a second hand PC, it has Xp Home installed on the hard drive, working fine. I have XP pro on cd and a spare hard drive so I want to install pro on the spare hard drive So I can use pro normally and then use home if/when I need to.

I booted from cd with my xp pro disk in the CDROM and my spare hard drive on the master IDE ready to install on to, started to install got to the licence key entry part then realised that I didnt have the key so I turned the PC off ready to start again when I found the Xp pro key. Found the key started again and now it wont boot from CD?

it doesnt bring up the "press any key to boot from cd" prompt any more, if I do F8 on start up it brings up the last known good configuration, safe mode etc but still no boot from CD option. I checked the CDROM still works o.k by booting the xp home drive and I can read the XP Pro disk fine through explorer. I then checked the bios and changed the second boot device to be CD, still no joy. maybe I should reset the bios to the original settings which is one of the options, I ran out of time this morning to do that before work but I dont know whether that will work, any other suggestions?

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Reply # 36400 23-May-2006 17:15
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Boot from CD should be the first boot device, not the second in the BIOS.

Also why bother installing XP Home and XP Pro side by side?
Why not just stick the install disk in once windows has loaded and do an upgrade?
There are very minor differences in system files between home and pro so it won't take up any more HDD space.

Or if you don't mind losing any preinstalled programs do a full install overwriting home. This will get rid of any left over crap that the old owner has left behind.
(Make sure to backup any documents you want to keep).

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Reply # 36505 24-May-2006 22:50
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Try this,

Power on PC

hold down "C" when booting,

this should boot to CD



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Reply # 36508 24-May-2006 23:04
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Only seen that on a Mac. Unless your PC has some novel BIOS?

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Reply # 36510 24-May-2006 23:20
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know it works on new dell laptops and workstations

also on toshiba TE series laptops
also, holding "U" will boot from usb device

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