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Windows XP CD won't boot on Emachines Computer

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So I have this old emachines computer that has system32 errors and won't boot.. So I put in the windows xp install cd in there and the booting process just continues as if the cd isn't even in there.. I put the windows xp cd in my primary computer and it recognized it so it's not the cd. I put the windows 7 install cd in the emachines computer and it recognized it so that means the cd drive works.

I am totally stumped as to why the computer won't boot the disc.

Thanks for help in advance!

Henry

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Have you tried booting the computer with the XP disk already in the drive?

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Just to add to the problem: why not install Windows 7?

Was the source reliable from whence the XP install media was fetched?

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When you say it recognizes the W7 DVD, does that mean it boots from it or just shows its contents?.

If it just shows the W7 contents then you need to set the 1st boot option to your CD drive.

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