Windows XP Installing problem

By martinlw ยท 9 replies
Apr 2, 2009
  1. Hi,I have formatted my daughters computer,i booted up with the XP disc it loaded all the files but when it came to windows set up,it wouldnt go any further,thought maybe its the disc,so i tried it on my computer and my sons,it worked fine,obviously something wrong with her computer,but what i dont know. regards martin.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Don't format.
    Remove the Partition

    Here's the full guide to follow for that ;)

    Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

    * Warning deleting the Partition will remove all User data and Windows system files


    Use Gparted Live boot CD if you cannot get to the part for removing the partition
    Direct link H E R E
  3. martinlw

    martinlw TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 128

    Thanks i will give it a go.Regards Martin.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    Also do not manually create a Partition
    Windows will automatically create a New Partition on a non Partitioned drive

    Good luck, please reply back once tried :grinthumb (it should work ;))

    But in case it doesn't work
    Please run Memtest on your Ram
  5. jwaskom

    jwaskom TS Rookie

    I have a similar problem that I have been researching under another subject heading. If this is the first time you have used the drive on that computer, is it
    a SATA drive. If so, xp does not have the driver to recognize a SATA drive.

    Do you get the BSOD with an error number which includes 0x0000007b

    I think it is posted under operating systems and software. Sorry to be so vague but I am new to the site and unfamiliar with moving around, and being able to get back here where I started.
  6. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    When you say it wouldnt go any further what happens exactly? do you get an error message ? you need to provide a little more info
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    If it is a SATA drive, any time you reinstall Windows XP you'll have to press F6 at the beginning of Windows Setup to install the third party drivers (i.e. SATA/RAID controller drivers).
  8. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    Most if not all newer systems can set SATA drives as "native" in the BIOS therefore no drivers needed..
  9. jwaskom

    jwaskom TS Rookie

    Certainly appreciate the input.
    I have looked in the Bios and the only selections that I find for the HDD is
    RAID, IDE, and AHCI My setting is RAID. I have tried the other two settings,
    and there was no change in the install of XP. BSOD appears at time
    to enter setup info/drive location etc. Error code 0x0000007b

    What is the "native" setting that you discuss? And where do I find It?

    If I don't get this figured out soon, I have an IDE controller card that I will install, and use an IDE drive. Surely that "should" make it work.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    gguerra means IDE mode. If you want to use the SATA hard drive as a SATA drive, use AHCI mode. If Windows won't recognize the hard drive in IDE mode, you will still have to install the SATA/RAID controller driver and then you might as well use AHCI.

    Do you have a floppy drive (buy or borrow) to use? If not, you can make a slipstream CD that combines your Windows CD with the appropriate SATA/RAID drivers. You can Google for the procedure.

    What motherboard do you have?
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