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Can't get to Windows setup screen when installing XP Pro

By waylou
Jun 11, 2011
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  1. Hi.
    My name is Wayne. I'm not a professional with computers. I'm 59 years old, and just got my first computer 3 years ago. I recently grabbed a laptop just before it was to be tossed in the dumpster at my job. It's a Compaq Presario 1266. It's old. It has Windows 98 on it. I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro. It will go as far as the starting windows screen, blue screen. It will not go to the welcome to windows setup screen so that I can delete the windows 98. My first question. Is this old, I think it's a notebook, not laptop, worht all the effort? If so, how can I resolve this issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to learn more about how to do these things. I can barely attach files in an email. Thank you.
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Yup, this is an old system. Unless it has been upgraded with more memory it will not run XP.

    The specs show 32MB or RAM (XP needs a minimum of 64MB)
    A 333MHz CPU and a 4GB or optional 6.4GB hard drive.

    Even if you get this going it will be very, very slow by modern day standards. Windows 98 is probably the best system to have on it.

    Worth the effort, I doubt it, but depends what you want to use it for and if you don't want to do anything in a hurry.
     


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