Blue Screen whilst installing XP

By British_Command
Jan 13, 2008
  1. I did have Windows Vista on my computer, but after a month or so with it I decided today that I would install XP and uninstall Vista. So I deleted the RAID partition, created a new one, put in the Windows XP disk and it loads and just when it says 'Windows Starting/Loading' I get the 'blue screen of death'! I can't do anything else on that computer at the moment!

    I have looked around and heard that I should try an older OS like Win98? But does anyone know how to resolve this problem?

  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Did you go into BIOS and change to boot order to the cd/dvd drive as primary -> hit F10 to save and exit.
  3. British_Command

    British_Command TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 148


    yeah I've done that, I manage to get into the Windows Setup by disabling one of the two Harddrive's I have, but still have problem installing on the other, some boot sector problem. Although I may try enabling one HDD and creating a Volume that may work then somehow fix the other Harddrive whilst in XP. If not then I will try Vista setup, but any fixes anyone has please let me know.


    (Anyway to fix a boot sector problem??? chkdsk doesn't work because I can only get to the command repair page whilst one Harddrive is enabled.)
  4. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    So using the XP disk - can you get to the recovery console?

    Is it still trying to boot vista?
  5. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Ill just leave this for you then

    Your Windows XP setup CDROM has a tool called the Recovery Console, which is designed to help you repair a damaged master boot record or boot sector. To start the Recovery Console and fix your damaged MBR, follow these steps:

    1. Restart your computer with the Windows XP Setup disk in the CDROM drive.
    2. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive.
    3. After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console.
    4. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer.
    5. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue.
    6. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then verify that you want to proceed.

    Your damaged MBR will be replaced with a shiny new one, and you should then be able to boot your system normally. In some cases, you may need to repair the boot sector in addition to the MBR. If your system still doesn't boot properly, repeat the steps above, but issue the fixboot command instead.

    NOTE: These procedures assume that you have only one operating system installed. If you are an advanced user and have a multi-boot system with more than one operating system, you may need to do some additional reading about the fixmbr and fixboot commands at the Microsoft website.
  6. British_Command

    British_Command TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 148


    Thanks for that Blind dragon :D, I had installed Vista which worked fine and then attempted XP again :D

    Thanks, solved!
  7. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Good deal :)
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