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Old 03-10-2006, 01:17 PM   #1
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Question I have fedora core 2 and I CANT REINSTALL WINDOWS!!!!!!!

im having trouble reinstalling windows. I know nothing about linux and i just am not tech savvi enough to use it i want to reinstall windows but it wont read the boot disk. I know my cd drive is working because when i run my feodora core 2 it can read my cd rom. But when i try and boot from my windows cd it cannot read it at all!!! would someone PLEASE be kind enough to help me out and give me an "idiot's guide" because apparently i am a linux idiot! THANK YOU!!!
Old 03-10-2006, 01:29 PM   #2
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Are you sure your bios is set to boot from cd?
When booting tap delete a few times at the bios boot screen and you should be able to enter into the bios and see what device order your boot sequence is set to.
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And there's also the issue that e.g WinDOHs 95 didn't have bootable
CD-ROMs ... you really didn't give us much to go by...

And since it's not really a Linux-question I'm shuffling it to
General where it's more suitable.

Old 03-11-2006, 05:35 PM   #4
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sorry to be such a pain but when i pressed the delete key all that pops up is the versions of fedora that i can load.Does this mean my laptop is not set to boot from cd?it also says that i can press "I" to enter interactive setup but when i do that nothing happens! i guess i just really suck at using linux! LOL does this mean my laptop is not able to boot from cd? also i have a windows xp home edition cd. sorry i forgot to mention that!
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which version of windows are you trying to install? also make sure your BIOS boots of the cdrom before the hard drive. you do this via the BIOS setup utility. to get use the BIOS setup utility try pressing the following keys when the laptops manufacturer logo appears when you first start the computer:delete, F1, F2, or F10. on some systems there is a message at the bottom of the screen telling you which key it is.
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yea. Um. The thing is that you are going to have to boot off the cd or a floppy depending on the ver of windows. You are obviously not getting into bios. Try the suggestions on tylerburns above. What is the make and model of your computer? What version of windows is it? We really need more info than you are giving us. A laptop is probably not the best thing to start with using linux. Some things are a little bit hairy with laptops to begin with. How much experiance do you have with windows? I mean are you really good with working on and installing windows? What sort of level of expertise are you? That will help us to know how much you know about what you are doing. You will also have to in some form fdisk your HD to partion it in either fat or ntfs. This may or may not be included in the installation of windows depending on the version. Windows cannot read a linux partition ext2/3 and will not be able to actually install until this is done. Some versions will have a message saying something related to the partition type not being right. Um... The other thing is what are you calling a windows cd? If you have a rescue cd this may have NONE of the cab or other install files on it. Many laptops and pc's come with a 'hidden partition' that actually has all of the 'real' install files on it. Many times the 'rescue' cd just points to these. You may have to get a real copy of windows or OEM version. I would not install with anything else on a windows machine. Of course I would rather dump gasoline on my naked body and run screaming through the streets engulfed in flame than run windows again. I was good. I mean really good with windows before I finally came from the darkside. I always recomend that a newbie either starts with a dual boot system or a dedicated machine if they are already using windows. Why did you give up so easily on linux? Just wondering. I would like to perhaps like to see a poll or a discussion board dedicated to why people don't stay with linux.


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