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missing operating system message on install!!

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Hey guys, here's my problem. Windows corrupted on me a few weeks ago. I tried to install it again from a different XP CD, but it wouldn't accept the CD key that i used (the one that had worked untill recently), so I decided to wait untill i got home to fix it.

I got home and got my XP CD and tried installing. I got an error, and googled it find the answer. It meant that the other time i tried to install windows, it left some stuff on the HDD. I didn't have my fdisk utility with me, but I found one that erased everything on the HDD (called a zero fill, just puts zeros in it to erase everything, but its not a format), I figured that i was good after that.

Nope, I got messages saying it "failed to load the OS" while that was correct because i didn't have one installed, it didn't make sense because it wasn't booting from the XP CD (and yes its set up in BIOS). I reset the Cmos and got this error message "missing operating system" upon booting up. I googled that one too, and it says that I need to reformat and partition the HDD, but shouldn't the XP CD do that? And why isn't it booting straight from the CD?

Thanks for the help (its been down for 2+ weeks, rep to those that help me get it running again)

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1) Is the CD bootable? Try it in another computer.
2) Does the CD drive ever boot? Try another bootable CD.
3) Is your BIOS working??

Sorry, I had a pretty hard time wading through that post and don't think I fully understand...*ahem* grammar/spelling?
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To those questions.
1: It was the CD that originally installed windows on the computer, so I would assume that its bootable (i'll check here in a few though)

2: Does my CD drive boot? well it spins up if thats what your asking, and it sounds as if it should be booting from it.

3: My BIOS should be working, its worked all the other times, and i've had to change stuff on it, and saw it work.

Sorry about the grammar/spelling (in a hurry using a different style of keyboard, not much of an excuse but its what i've got. Its been edited for easier reading)
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Go in the bios and set the boot order to cd first.
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Did you try the CD in another computer? Sounds like it could be scratched. (I don't know how you maintain CDs...(?))

Try to hit a boot menu (Esc for me) during POST to select CD...as jrabb said set it in BIOS.
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um yep it boots to floppy-CD-HDD (has been like that since the begining) i got a copy of FDISK and repartitioned & reformatted. I booted back up trying to boot from the CD, and got an error message saying that it was a non system disk. Im thinking that it is a little scratched or something like that (it was dirty when i got it, it was left laying around by someone else) i'll try it on this computer next to see if thats it (on my parents now) if that doesn't work then i guess i'll try to find another copy of XP.

EDIT: I tried the disk on my parents computer, and nothing happened (should have booted from the CD), i'll try to get a different CD thats in better condition. At least now my computer is trying to boot from CD

question, can I use my product key on a different disk?

For example, if i have a friend bring his XP disk, can i use my product key on his disk (provided its the same service pack) or is there something that prevents that, because I really dont want to have to buy a new copy of XP so soon before vista comes out.
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