Installing Windows XP from bootable CD

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How can I install a clean copy of Windows XP from a bootable CD? The laptop has SATA hard disk and cannot continue with installation. The laptop has no floppy drive.

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If your computer system could not continue with your Windows XP installation, there could be only 2 possible problems.

First, is the Windows XP Installation CD. It might have a scratched part where the CD or DVD ROM drive could not read the files. In that case, it could not continue to its installation process.

Second, is the bad sector of your hard disk drive. There might be a bad sector in your hard disk drive where the files from the Installation CD could not be stored in that particular part of the hard disk drive.

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  • Sonotsky
    Some [more recent] PC BIOSes will also present an option to select a boot device during POST, saving you the effort of resetting your boot order. I've grown to prefer this route when available. Since XP was released in 2001 and first-gen SATA wasn't ratified until 2003, if you have a vanilla XP install CD (i.e., no service packs slipstreamed in), it won't be able to see the SATA controller in your laptop, and thus cannot find an install target and can't complete. You can either create an updated bootable install CD by slipstreaming a service pack into the main body of the install files, or contact your laptop's manufacturer for a controller driver, and then go purchase a USB floppy drive, which go for about $25 these days.
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