Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




15 posts

Geek


Topic # 7942 23-May-2006 11:21
Send private message

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?

Cheers



Create new topic
100 posts

Master Geek
Inactive user


Reply # 36400 23-May-2006 17:15
Send private message

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).

4 posts

Wannabe Geek


Reply # 36505 24-May-2006 22:50
Send private message

Try this,

Power on PC

hold down "C" when booting,

this should boot to CD



 
 
 
 


Stu

Hammered
4788 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 970

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

Reply # 36508 24-May-2006 23:04
Send private message

Only seen that on a Mac. Unless your PC has some novel BIOS?

4 posts

Wannabe Geek


Reply # 36510 24-May-2006 23:20
Send private message

know it works on new dell laptops and workstations

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

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52


NOW to deploy SD-WAN to regional councils
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:46


Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch
Posted 18-Dec-2017 10:52


New Zealand government to create digital advisory group
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:47


Australia datum changes means whole country moving 1.8 metres north-east
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:39



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.