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i recently replaced my mobo and processor, so i was trying to install windows.

rather than formatting the partition and completely reinstalling windows, i chose to try to repair my windows partition. well, i ran into problems with windows setup asking to install drivers that i did not have nor need. so now i'm stuck in an endless loop of windows setup cancelling, then restarting right where it left off.

all i want to do is restart windows setup so i can format and install, but i can't seem to stop the setup that is happening. if i restart without the windows disk, it will restart windows setup and prompt for the disk.

i do have another hard drive that has some files on it because i used it for storage, however, if i try to boot into windows setup, it just says "checking for system configuration", then the screen goes blank and nothing.

all hardware is recognized in bios, the new board is an asus a8n32 sli deluxe.
 
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Well when you have the Windows setup disk and it says ''Hit any key too boot from CD'' Do so and from here you can do a fresh install.
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hey - i know how you feel, i've had that as well... my problem, believe it or not, was actually a stick of ram that had gotten corrupted somehow.. unfortunately the only way i found this out was by booting of a disk called Hiren's boot cd (v.8) - my suggestion is to download this, Hiren's Boot CD, extract the folders and burn them to a cd (don't put the files into another folder, just burn them onto a cd. there should be 3 files, namely, a folder called BOOTCD, a file named autorun.inf and a text file named bootcd)

boot from this cd and you will have access to a whole bunch of tools, including partition magic, etc.

you can then format your drive from there... let me know if you need anymore help on this...

check this out to see what all is on the cd...
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Well when you have the Windows setup disk and it says ''Hit any key too boot from CD'' Do so and from here you can do a fresh install.
it doesn't say that. it just goes directly back into setup where it left off.
 
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Make sure your bios is set to boot from cd/rom first choice and disable the floppy and harddrives...you'll get the prompt then
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i'll try that. i have the cd as first and the hdd as second. so i'll disable the hdd completely.

but wait, if the hd is disabled, how will setup install the partition?
 
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It will it just can't boot to it as a secondary
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ahh. ok, i'll try that when i go home at lunch time.
 
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If that doesnt work i would format the Setup..However this will also format your current partition..For this use F-disk found here http://www.fdisk.com/
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If that doesnt work i would format the Setup..However this will also format your current partition..For this use F-disk found here http://www.fdisk.com/
lol....thanks enterprise I was just zipping that file from a 98 disk
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