I was trying to do a clean install of XP onto my desktop but the installation was interrupted when it couldn't find a file it needed and now my computer will not load past bios. I cannot even get into Bios to change any settings.
There's not a lot in a failed XP instakllation that can have such a catastrophic effect as this. Remove the CD from the drive, disconnect the power cable for a minute and try the power on switch again. If it starts, it will fail to find an OS so close it as instructed and put the CD back in.
I suggest you clean the disk first by gently, and with a finger only, rubbing a small amount of toothpase over it then taking that off with some lint or other soft cloth and DEFINITELY NOT any wood based paper materials.
I just tried that... let me explain a bit more about the computer
it sat around in a static free bag for the better part of 3 years. I was trying to a clean reinstall windows xp because it kept getting the error saying that it could not create a required installation folder when I tried to install windows 7. As best as I can remember, 4.2 ghz dual core, Asus M2N-Sli delux Mobo... 4 gbs of ram
It's possible a residual trace of a failed W7 installation has caused this then. The quick way out of this would be to slave that hard disk into another machine and format it completely, takibng out the Master Boot Record.
If it had a life before three years in solitary, it may not be W7 compatible in terms if hardware drivers so it's best to stick to the XP route.
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