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Setup fails to install XP

By JesseM
Oct 4, 2006
  1. Alright, this sucks.

    One day I find that a virus is on my computer. Trying to remove it manually, I restart my computer in safe mode. I get a blue screen that says something like "Scan for viruses and remove any new hard drives." Then I kept trying to restart the computer in any way possible, with no luck. I tried everything from BIOS settings to "Last known good configuration." and removing my 2nd hard drive, but it kept coming up with that error after about 5 seconds of the Windows XP loading screen.
    Then, I decided to reinstall Windows to see if that would help. Now here's where I'm currently stuck: It keeps telling me "Restarting setup........." on a blue XP screen and then turns black and says "Safe mode" around the screen, even if I start the computer not in safe mode. After about 3 seconds, an error pops up, "Setup doesn't work in safe mode" or something like that.

    That's as far as I've gotten, and I am having to use the computers at school to type this and do all my homework. ANY ideas or help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Not without knowing your system specs!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Darth_Terra1

    Darth_Terra1 TS Rookie Posts: 234

    As mentioned some specs would be useful, on top of that it maybe the only way to solve the problem would be to format the drive and start from scratch it seems the virus has caused to much damage just to do a windows repair or just re-install windows without the format.
     
  4. JesseM

    JesseM TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 259

    Oh sorry I thought I had them on there.
    Dell Dimension 8250
    Windows XP SP2
    Pentium 4 2.40GHz
    120GB and 250GB hard drives
    ATI Radeon 9250 128MB video card...
     
  5. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    I figured out your problem, its a dell!!! only joking!!

    Are you using the original dell installation disk?
     
  6. JesseM

    JesseM TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 259

    Yeah, it's the origional Dell XP disk.
     
  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Doing as Darth_Terra1 suggests and reformatting the drive is the best way to go!!!!
     
  8. JesseM

    JesseM TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 259

    Yeah I did that, against my wishes. I lost everything I had on that 120GB hard drive but whatever, right?
     
  9. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Soooo, does it install ok now????
     
  10. JesseM

    JesseM TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 259

    Yeah it installed and worksbut I was just hoping that I could find out what the problem was. Thanks.
     
  11. Darth_Terra1

    Darth_Terra1 TS Rookie Posts: 234

    The problem was the virus you had it damaged to many important system files, get yourself a good antivirus and firewall installed if you haven't already.
     
     
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