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HEW-LET PACKARD HP PAVILION DESKTOP 9870 gets installation stop message that C Drive is some
what corrupted and will not allow further installation of an windows xp fix CD.
What you need is the windows xp cd, I assume that's what you are using, since I have no way of knowing let me show you 3 different methods.The first is to go into the bios, by hitting the delete key on a restsrt, then you need to go into where it shows the screen with the "boot order", navigation is done by a combination of keys, the arrow keys for up and down the enter key to select and the esc key to get out of a menu, So firts off you need to change the boot order so that the cd/dvd drive is the "first bootable drive", once you do thet hit F10, and then enter, that will get you out and save the settings, now the computer will boot from the windows disk. Once it starts to boot you will see it say "hit any key" to prevent it from booting form the drive, Dont touch it, allow it to boot from the windows disk.It will install a bunch of things then ask you if you want to repair or install, if you select repair, it's going to ask for the windows rescue disks that it thinks you made. If you have those now would be the time to use them, if not your only option is to re install. If you choose to do that, it will ask you to format the hard drive, to which you say yes, at that point it will wipe the drive clean. That may be one of the things you are running up against if you are getting the corrupted drive c thing. XP is made to install from a cold boot state. so you now would follow the prompts and it wil do the "quick format" to NTFS, and begin the installation. expect a half hour to 45 minutes depending on which version of xp you have and the age of the machine. You may be asked for the main or motherboard drivers during the install, keep them handy, especially if it's an nforce board, the only other way is if you have a copy as a backup on one of you drives. in which case it can boot from that drive and re install, in either case you will accomplish the same thing. It sounds as though you are using the disk as xp was normally done this way, Vista usually has it on a seperate partition, in which case you would see the prompt when it boots up to hit f2 to re install, good luck and it's easy once you get to the format stage.
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