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    Please.....help? I'm attempting to install Windows xp, not an upgrade but a brand new installation. I've inserted a windows 98 boot disc into the floppy drive to format the hard drive...which worked. I've now gone into the bios & configured the boot device (1) to boot from the CD. When I insert the XP disc in the drive, I get the error message 'invalid system disk'. I've disabled the floppy drive, this didn't change anything so I've re-enabled the drive. The disc simply doesn't do anything. I've installed XP before by typing in i386 (at least I think this is the correct order)? but now it doesn't work. I've tried to install 98 first with the intention of installing xp over the top but I can't even seem to be able to install 98....any ideas please? I'm normally reasonably good at working it out but I'm tired & perplexed, any wisdom please? Thank you.

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    You should have been able to change the boot order and just run the WinXP DVD
    (Then hit any key to start the WinXP install)

    Can you give some info on the computer....did you just buy it...make and model?

    First, check your floppy drive. Is there currently a disk in it? (did you leave the floppy disk in the floppy drive?)

    In many cases, people accidentally leave a floppy disk in the drive, and a computer system, expecting a startup disk, has simply ceased the boot process assuming that a startup disk was in the floppy drive.

    If this is the case, remove the disk. Does your computer boot now? Do you still receive the Invalid System Disk error?

    Did it work prior to the Win98 reformat and what OS?

    It could even be a bad HDD....if it was working I doubt it though
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    Hi, thank you for replying. The system was given to me, its a 'time' system (512VO3GB3). I know its old but I thought it might do me some good for a time. I've tried booting with, and without the floppy in the drive but nothing changes. Could it be a non-functioning CDrom drive or a bad HDD?

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    Your bigger problem may be finding drivers later?
    You will need a valid WinXP license too

    Try this:using the command prompts ..as you were trying to do...look at step 4

    Starting the Windows XP Setup program at a command prompt







    To start Windows XP at a command prompt, follow these steps:
    1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
    2. Start the computer to an Command Prompt with CD-ROM support. If your computer does not have MS-DOS already installed, or you otherwise cannot start to an Command Prompt in the Boot menu, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:187632 How to create a Windows 98 startup disk that supports FAT32
    3. You already have the Win98 startup disk (no problem there)
    4. Start SMARTDrive if it is not already started. To do this, change to the folder that contains the Smartdrv.exe file, type smartdrv, and then press ENTER. If you do not use SMARTDrive, the Windows XP Setup program may copy files to the hard disk slowly.
    5. At the command prompt, type drive: and then press ENTER (where drive is the drive that contains the Windows XP CD-ROM).Type cd i386, and then press ENTER.
    6. Type winnt, and then press ENTER. The Windows XP Setup program starts.
    7. Type the path of the Windows XP installation files, and then press ENTER. For example, type d:\i386.

      The Windows Setup program copies files to the hard disk. When the files are copied, you receive the following message:The MS-DOS based part of The Setup Program Is complete.
      The Setup program will now restart your computer. After your computer restarts,
      the Windows XP Setup program will continue.

      If there is a floppy disk in drive A:, remove it now.

      Press ENTER to restart your computer and continue Windows XP Setup.
    8. Remove any floppy disks from the computer, and then press ENTER. The computer restarts, and the Windows XP Setup program resumes. Press ENTER to continue.
    9. Follow the steps to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP. If your hard disk contains only one partition, do not delete it from the list of existing partitions. The Windows XP Setup program has copied the installation files to this partition.

      You can convert a FAT32-formatted partition to the NTFS file system later.

      Setup copies the files that the Windows XP Setup program requires, and then the computer restarts. If you chose to format the drive by using the NTFS file system, Windows checks the drive for errors, and then it restarts. Windows XP Setup resumes in Graphical User Interface (GUI) mode.
    10. Follow the steps in the Windows Setup Wizard to complete the installation of Windows XP.
    More info:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307848
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    Few notes of info:

    You actually dont NEED smartdrive. it just installs quicker if you have it using the Command Prompt

    In some cases, it can take awhile without it

    However, if you want to install Windows from the command prompt, then you should go HERE to download and install Windows 98 SE OEM on a floppy disk. The Windows 98 SE OEM includes smartdrv.exe.
    Hope this helps
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