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XP Install Probs

By fro0tlo0p ยท 5 replies
Jun 1, 2005
  1. I am trying to install Win XP Home on my box. It goes through all the formatting and gets to the screen where it blurbs all the "improvements" and says that its installing hardware and that I have approx 34 mins left.

    Well its been there with approx 34 mins left for about 2 hours now!

    What do I do?!?
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Change to summertime!

    Serious though, you CD is probably dirty or damaged. Start all over, after you gently clean all dirt and/or fingerprints of the shiny side of the CD.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You might also want to run a cd lense cleaner in your cd-rom.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  4. noltonm

    noltonm TS Rookie

    I have the same exact problem!!! At that 34 minute mark, it stops. I decided to hold the power button until it shuts down, and then let it restart. It will restart the installation process, and one time it did actually surpass the 34 minutes and complete...however, after the next reboot, I was asked to click on a user name to begin, and there was nothing to click on. I have a question for you...were you ever prompted for the windows product key before this point? I was not, and i'm not sure why. And now i'm wondering if this could possibly be the reason somehow. Let me know if you figure anything out and i will do the same. Thanks.


    Oh, and I recently found a suggestion to disconnect all hardware in your computer prior to installation of windows because it seems to be a device installation error... ? http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;828267

    Ah, another possibility. USB stuff. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;815319&Product=winxp
    I have yet to try either of these, the USB will be easiest by far. Good luck!
  5. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    I think you should use fresh install the windows instead reinstall windows

    My computer fresh installed windows xp #: 5 :( Those lousy SP2 :p

  6. noltonm

    noltonm TS Rookie

    Yes, unplugging the mouse worked beautifully. You just need to get through some screens by using the tab key and enter/space
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