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I got a hard drive and someone put a copy of XP on it, but never registered. Now it just goes to the log-in screen and I can't get past that. How can I wipe that off and put a new copy of XP on? Can I reformat the drive from Bios somehow?

Putting the XP cd into the drive doesn't do anything. I was hoping it would pop-up some options to install the OS. Maybe it isn't working right.
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did you set a password, or is the password blank? do you get an error when trying to log on?

to reinstall just reinsert the CD and boot from it, just like when you first installed it.
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Have you set the boot priority to your CD/DVD drive in the BIOS?
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I didn't install the copy that's on there now. It was like that when I got it. But this MB only accepts SATA drives, and it's the only SATA drive I had laying around. I have set the boot priority to boot from CD, but it doesn't boot from the CD with the xp cd in it. I think the CD ATA just isn't working. I'll just get a SATA CD drive and see if that works. That's bound to be the problem. I never hear the cd spin.
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Try hold esc when you boot up. It should pop up something and you can choose CD-ROM or something similar. At least that's how it is for me.
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Thanks, that's what I was looking for. I was thinking it was "hit any key" to boot from cd, but I'll try the esc button. Thanks.
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You can install from Windows, just insert the CD and it should autorun. Just wanted to point that out
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