Trying to install XP to blank HDD using ISO

Discussion in 'Windows XP Installation and Setup' started by raabeye, Apr 9, 2014.

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    raabeye

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    Hello Everyone,

    For some quick background, I am an average techy. I would give myself 4 out of 10 in regards to understanding computers.

    In this situation though, I am stumped, even after I have followed directions from numerous boards and forums.

    The product:

    And old Dell D620 Laptop. The operating system it came with was WIndows XP Pro. Years ago I upgraded to Vista. Oops.
    Since that time- I have upgraded the internal HDD twice, and the last time Laptop worked it was running Win 7.

    The situation:

    HDD is dead again. I since have found an older Hitachi 2.5" HDD and wiped it clean with with DiskWipe. I want to use this HDD with this laptop.

    I found an ISO of WIndows XP Pro. Its about 605MB. I don't have the original Windows XP disc, as the OS was preinstalled by Dell. I want to install this ISO onto Hitachi HDD.

    I also have USB to SATA adapter if needed.

    Whats not working?

    Accoridng to simple instructions from nearly everyone, I should burn the ISO to a disc. Check. I burned the ISO file to a DVD disc.

    Next I inserted it into the laptops disc tray.

    I have been told that once I turn on the laptop, the CPU should give me the option to boot from disc. Except it hasn't.

    I have gone into the boot menu and chose for the CD/DVD as the boot device.

    Restarted CPU.

    Still nothing. I just get the message "Missing Operating System"

    Of course I am missing it. That's why I am trying to install it. Duh.

    So to my questions:

    Do I have to do anything with the Windows XP ISO file? Extract it? Zip it? Rename it?

    Would I have better luck using my USB to SATA adapter, and try to install the ISO externally using my desktop computer as the conduit?

    What if I load the ISO onto a USB stick instead of trying to install by disc?

    I have read several things about using Dameon to "mount" the ISO? Should I be doing this?

    Also I have downloaded the Windows XP Pro Boot from Microsofts website. KB310994. Not sure what this is, but every time I run it from my Desktop my cpu locks up.

    Thanks for any help/suggestions you can offer. I am at my last rope here.
     
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    Elizabeth23

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    kb310994 is a set of Floppy Discs to install xp, do you have floppies???

    also just the iso is not correct is it a Bootable iso??

    you can download Imgburn and make an iso file bootable.
     
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    raabeye

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    Many Thanks

    Heck no I don't have any floppys! But now that I read more on this, it makes sense.

    And you are absolutely right- I had an ISO file, a single file, and was trying to burn it to a disc using just the standard Windows Explorer prompt.

    Wasn't working.

    I tried making it bootable by using using ISO Burner, but that didnt work either.

    I finally tired using Imgburn and that fixed everything! It made a bootable disc I was able to use on my laptop to finally get my CPU back on XP.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out!
     
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    You are welcome :)
     
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    You say you burned it to a DVD. Try burning to a CD with a burning ROM software.
     
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