Windows XP Home repair install hangs at 35 minutes remaining

By Guigsy1 ยท 32 replies
Jan 28, 2005
  1. rrrolle

    rrrolle TS Rookie

    XP Home installation hangs with 35 min remaining

    My solution was to remove the extra USB and Firewire PCI adapters. Then I got through the complete installation without any trouble.
  2. dellis87

    dellis87 TS Rookie

    Same problem; I'm in major need of help.

    I'm repair installing windows xp pro on my dell latitude d620 with an installation cd from a computer I just got at work (windows xp pro, sp3).

    I get to the 35 min hang, which I've found a bunch of info about, but I can't get past it.

    I've checked the setupapi.log file and I think the problem is with the storage/volume device (though I'm not really sure what this is). Here's the error:

    I went to device management (devmgmt.msc) and found a device under Storage volume. There are two Generic volume devices listed. I've tried disabling and uninstalling both. Still no luck.

    I also went into windows/inf folder and deleted volume.inf. Again, nothing.

    I'm going crazy trying to figure this out. I'd really appreciate any kind of lead.

  3. Hemantdhyani

    Hemantdhyani TS Rookie Posts: 38



    If the system freezes during windows installation u will need to remove the modem card form the system and then start the installation and will work fine--

    Hopes this helps

  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Uhhh... that can screw up your current installation. Can you undelete the file?

    As to other problems:
    1) Have you already backed up all yourself? And if you have a large external backup disk can be helpful to also create a backup image of your current disk (e.g. use EASUS Disk Copy)
    2) Is a full reinstall not an option?
    3) Have you tried disconnecting all external hardware not needed during the install? e.g. USB connections, external monitors, etc.
  5. bpotter

    bpotter TS Rookie

    Use only "necessary devices"

    From what I've personally experienced installing XP, it will usually go into a "hanging" state during "Installing devices" when it's trying to find a driver for something that it doesn't recognize.

    What I've noticed (and have gotten it to work on several occasions) is to remove all expansion slot cards except the ones needed (i.e. a VGA card) If your system board has an on board video port (and it still works), then remove all PCI expansion cards until AFTER XP finishes installing. You can always power down and re-install hardware when you have the OS fully installed, and download/upload drivers from either the manufacturer's website, or the installation media that came with the device.

    I had this happen with a Dell Restore disk and couldn't figure out what the problem was, until I removed a Modem PCI card and got XP to finish the install (just an example- not always the case).

    Hope this helps everyone!
  6. eastbank

    eastbank TS Rookie

    After removing everything, the only thing left was the AGP video card. I replaced it with a PCI (in it's other slot) and it finished loading XP okay. After it loaded I refitted the AGP card and everything is sweet. Hope this saves others the pain I had.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Thanks for that update eastbank. Another good thing to know :)
  8. arun4urmoney

    arun4urmoney TS Rookie

    I came across the same problem. I have a dell and it has a second graphics card other than the one that was onboard. after removing the graphics card the setup went smooth.
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