How to Install XP Windows?

Question

I purchased a new hard drive. My old one was an IBM. This one is a Western Digital. Anyway, I replaced the hard drive. I couldn't back up anything before I swapped them because the other one wouldn't boot up. Anyway, the CMOS auto detected my new hard drive. I am booting from a Win 98 floppy. After it boots to A, I type fdisk. It gives me the big paragraph about drives over 512 ya-da, ya-da...Anyway, I press Y and as soon as I press enter, it says Error reading fixed disk and goes back to the A prompt. I try again over and over, but same results. So, I tried inserting the WinXP CD, and it will come on. It will load the setup files and then say it has to restart the computer and to take out the floppy. So, I do, and it just does the same thing over and over...it loads the setup files and then says windows has detected another OS.....I've tried all the options it gives me, but it just goes in a cycle? The WinXP disk will format the drive and everything, but it still goes in this never-ending cycle? Can you help me with this problem? I would greatly appreciate any advice.

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Answer

This question was answered on February 21, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When you install Windows XP when you come to the partiosion part delete everything that will delete everything in your harddrive and the you can create a new partision.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 21, 2004