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I am trying to install Windows XP and I get to the first installation screen when it reboots and asks me to press any key.

  • If I don't but just wait nothing happens.
  • If I start installation again or do press a key it just starts all over again.

I tried a Windows 7 disc and that works fine although I don't have a spare product key so it has to be XP.

Any ideas?

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More information is required to answer this question. – Ramhound Dec 21 '12 at 17:51
  1. remove the CD
  2. press any key
  3. it should boot from the partly installed winXP
  4. after it boots into the 2nd part of the installer, reinsert the CD

good luck.

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Or just ignore the "Press any key to boot from CD..." prompt from the XP install disc's bootloader. After a few seconds, it'll boot from the hard disk into stage 2 install. – Aaron Miller Dec 21 '12 at 18:12
@AaronMiller: maybe, but not necessarely. He seems to boot into the installer anyway, there's the possibility he doesn't press a key so this would be 'bulletproof' :P – CSᵠ Dec 21 '12 at 18:17
I do not press any key although I wait for several minuites and nothing happends, I don't think it should take that long. When I take the disc out it just flashes like a command prompt – MrGuitarWizard Dec 21 '12 at 19:00
can you boot with the CD out if you press some keys? – CSᵠ Dec 21 '12 at 19:01
If the CD is out I just get a command prompt like screen with a text line flashing. – MrGuitarWizard Dec 21 '12 at 21:50

I solved this. I had an 500GB hard drive I created two partitions. The OS went on a 70GB partition and it worked

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