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Windows XP installation failure

By LoneWolf056
May 12, 2009
  1. Hi hopefully you guys can help me
    I have a hp mini 1000 netbook and i decided to reinstall windows to make sure everything i didnt want on the computer was off. Now during the installation process, someone disrupted my computer and i had to do the whole setup again. There are 5 steps on the windows xp discs setup. When i did the setup for the second time, the setup did the collecting information process, it did the dynamic update, and it also did the preparing installation. But when it gets to the installing windows step, it always says setup will complete in aprox 39 mins and a few mins later an error occurs that prevent setup from continuing. It specifically says one of the components that windows needs to continue could not be installed and the semaphore timeout period has expired. i ran the setup at least 20 times and got the same outcome. I cant start windows now because it always loads the laptop automatically into the restarting setup process when the computer turns on. and it always restarts when the error occurs. Do you guys have any ideas.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    GParted Live CD/USB/HD/PXE

    Live ISO 95.5 Meg (cannot fit on floppy!)
    ==> http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gparted/gparted-live-0.4.4-1.iso?modtime=1222872844&big_mirror=0

    Free ImgBurn ISO burning application Download:
    http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download
    Or use your own burning software (Nero?)

    Once the Live CD is created, start your computer up with the Live Gparted CD in the drive, and "Boot" from it. Then remove all the partitions

    Once completed, start the Windows install process again :)
     
  3. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 609   +6

    Your first partition is still on the drive. It got corrupted during the first installation. Kimsland has the right Idea.
     
  4. deazy86

    deazy86 TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Hi, kimsland has suggested correct try out that it will work.
     
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