windows xp install problems

By newbie techie
Jan 23, 2007
  1. hi guys,

    im new to this place but have heard good things so i was hoping some1 cud help me out.
    basically im trying to install windows xp pro on my pc but it keeps freezing at the initial blue screen stage just before i am supposed to hit F8 to agree with the term & cons. i get the windows is starting setup in the bottom left of the screen but thats where it stops.

    any ideas?
  2. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 70

    First, Welcome to TechSpot :D
    Secondly, I understood that you didn't reach the step where installation prompts you to restart the PC.

    I guess you also haven't reached this step --> [​IMG]

    There's one of two possibilities for this:
    1. Either your XP installation CD is corrupt (this can be verfied if one of your friends used it before you and installation completed successfully)
    2. There's some problem with a hardware device connected to your PC, and this can be handled with by removing or disconnecting un-important hardware, like any PCI device, modem, if there're HDDs other than the one you gonna install xp on, remove it till installation continues.
  3. newbie techie

    newbie techie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the reply but im not even getting this far. im not even getting to the part where i can chose the typr of installiation and set the drive size and partiotins. its a fresh copy of xp i am using. i guess ill try a diferent hard drive and see if that helps.
  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    is your hdd SATA?
  5. newbie techie

    newbie techie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no its an 80gb western digi IDE hard drive. its possible it could be faulty.
  6. peepnklown

    peepnklown TS Rookie Posts: 126

    Default your BIOS [of course set up the boot order correctly] and then completely wipe your drive with the Western Digital tool [of course get this first].
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    ensure your BIOS is up to to date. Install XP with the minimum amount of hardware.
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