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HP Pavilion. How to force to boot from CD???

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First of all, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section. I didn't quite know where to post this. Moderators: Please move if you feel it's necessary.

Anyways, I have to go do a Windows XP repair install on my Uncle's computer tonight. He says he put the Windows XP CD in the drive and it will not boot from it. On an HP computer, are you supposed to hit F8 or something like that to boot from CD? Or is there an easy way to get into the BIOS and change the boot order?
I know on mine you hit F8 to boot and DEL to get into the BIOS, but I'm assuming HP's are goofy because they don't really want you messing with that stuff.
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post #2 of 11
Just hit DEL (delete) on boot...
post #3 of 11
My laptop is an HP and you need to press F1 to get into setup, and ESC to get into the boot menu.
Just choose to boot from the CD/DVD in the boot menu and it should work.

F8 is for the Windows boot options btw (Safe mode, diagnostics mode, etc)
 
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Thank guys, yeap it was F1.
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post #5 of 11
Thanks for the info. I have an HP Pavilion loaded with Vista.
I booted from my XP CD and Windows XP Setup seemed to be working until it got through loading files then I the message, "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" appeared. Any ideas? The Pavilion has a working VISTA OS including the original hard drive.
I’ve had a number of problems with Vista for over a year and today I made up my mind to go back to XP. It’s like Vista is taking a final shot at my.
I will appreciate any help you can offer.
Jim
post #6 of 11
Don't.... just stop before you hurt yourself... On an HP, you will have about 5% chance of getting the drivers you need for XP... you force XP on it, and you won't have a network card all the sudden, or your mouse will quit working, cd/dvd issues, etc... first, go find every driver you need, for XP. Then play with it if you want; easier to keep Vista, imo.. Vista is great... it just needs a little tweaking and tuning
post #7 of 11
I am sick thinking that Vista is it. You would not believe the problems.
Like my network printer, I got it to work using local printer setup and an Ip address. That quit when I sent my notebook in for a hinge replacement and they totally reloaded Vista. Now when I use the same IP address the printer looks like it works but nothing is printed. Many problems trying to get Outlook to work with Office 2000 or 2002. I bought Outlook 2007 and thought that would fix the problem, but no, it did not. The Outlook that came with 2002 had a known problem in this configuration that MS said they were not going to fix. The problem requires you to re-login each time you checked your mail, for me that was unacceptable. MS suggest that I just go buy all new office to fix the problem.
I am so very sorry I ever consider HP or Vista. I guess it is a new notebook.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by jimc1596 View Post
I am sick thinking that Vista is it. You would not believe the problems.
Like my network printer, I got it to work using local printer setup and an Ip address. That quit when I sent my notebook in for a hinge replacement and they totally reloaded Vista. Now when I use the same IP address the printer looks like it works but nothing is printed. Many problems trying to get Outlook to work with Office 2000 or 2002. I bought Outlook 2007 and thought that would fix the problem, but no, it did not. The Outlook that came with 2002 had a known problem in this configuration that MS said they were not going to fix. The problem requires you to re-login each time you checked your mail, for me that was unacceptable. MS suggest that I just go buy all new office to fix the problem.
I am so very sorry I ever consider HP or Vista. I guess it is a new notebook.

Forget outlook.. use Windows live mail
post #9 of 11
I guess I should list it on ebay and start over.
From reading in the How- To Geek they talk about the HD drivers being wrong for XP like you are trying to tell me.
post #10 of 11
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I guess I should list it on ebay and start over.
From reading in the How- To Geek they talk about the HD drivers being wrong for XP like you are trying to tell me.

Keep it, up your ram if you don't have at least 2GB, and see also
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