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I have recently put windows XP on my old computer that was working fine, running well but when i put windows XP on i havent been able to install anything i had on the computer like openoffice, sims2 ect because it says files cannot be read from the media although the disks arent scratched.I have been told its the registry but i have cleaned that and still no luck. These programs worked before and nothing has changed except the OS can you help me...

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When you reinstall an OS or install a fresh one. It is like a brand new system. YOU NEED TO REINSTALL ALL OF YOUR APPLICATIONS AND GAMES!!!!!!!!!!! It will copy over the old install and add the proper lines in the and pointers in the registry!!!! Reinstall is a must!

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  • Stevesz
    You do not mention whether this was an upgrade install (over the old OS) or a bare metal install where you wipe the drive either before or during th einstall. If it was a bare metal install of the OS, then you probably need at least some drivers. Take a look at your device manager and see what is missing. Then it is off the the computer manufaturer's website to get the needed drivers. Start with locating the chipset drivers and that alone will take care of most of what you need, then follow up with what is left to be done after checking your device manager again to see what is not working. If the drivers for certain components are not available at the manufacturer's web site, you may need to identify the manufacturer of the components and go to that web site for a driver download. I am pretty certain that once you have done this, you should be able to load your apps and whatever else you need to finsih the job. It is too late now, but for those of you who are planning on embarking on this kindof project, I will normally go to the website first and download a few critical drivers, including the chipset, NIC, and optical drive, if available. The chipset will normally take care of the latter two, but itf it does not, I like to be prepared so I have a NIC and will be able to reach the network and/or Internet to get the rest of the drivers needed for the job from the machine I am working on. I also normally do a bare metal install to avoid any lingering problems from the previous OS.
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  • BadFinger
    If you install XP into the same folder as the previous operating system (ie. C:Windows), it will inherit all or most of the settings. If you install it into its' own folder (ie. C:WINXP), then it will be a clean install and your system will be dual boot. When you boot, does it give you the option to boot the previous OS?
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  • KMSITPRO
    Hi, how old is your HW ? Is it strong enough to run WinXP on it?! What about memory !? Some computers have problems to run WinXP. Please try to reinstall with no upgrade but fresh installation of WinXP!! That means backup your data and start fresh install of the system. This will format(NTFS)your hard drive. Cheers, Jan
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    Hi, how old is your HW ? Is it strong enough to run WinXP on it?! What about memory !? Some computers have problems to run WinXP. Please try to reinstall with no upgrade but fresh installation of WinXP!! That means backup your data and start fresh install of the system. This will format(NTFS)your hard drive. Cheers, Jan
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  • Buddyg1965
    This sounds like the CD rom is bad. If the message says cant read from the media...the media is the disc, cd-rom, dvd-rom, or maybe even a tape drive. I would check the cables on the cd drive as well as on the motherboard. Sometimes if you pull on the cable in the wrong way, it can come apart from the connector. I think you entire problem is with the cd-rom or its connectors. Let me know how it works out.
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  • Stoker53
    It seems to me that this all boils down to basic diagnostics. Of course, even though you have changed your question some, you have not answered any of the questions participants have been asking. This makes it difficult to diagnose this machine. Let's start over and see if we can amend this issue. What OS was on the machine prior to the XP install? How did you install XP? Clean install or did you upgrade? After the XP install, when you first start the PC, is there a screen that asks which OS that you want to start the PC with? (old OS/new XP) Have you checked the device manager to see if all drivers have been loaded properly? What is the speed of the processor of this machine and how much RAM is installed? When you installed XP, did you change any components? Like add a CD burner, more memory, expansion card of some type? It takes more than knowing that it once ran and now it doesn't to diagnose a problem. Please answer the questions above and we will see if it is possible to assist you in correcting your re-install issues.
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  • Mbuzzy
    Also don't forget firmware/bios/etc. Sometimes you motherboard/driver controller, harddrive etc. may need to be updated in order to work with a different operating system. This firmware can usually be downloaded from the PC makers website. Best of luck;)
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