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Windows XP home Edition Setup Failed to install

Q: Windows XP home Edition Setup Failed to install

I have been trying to install Windows XP onto a Acer 1642 Laptop for a while know and there has always been errors when copying files i will go into depth now the laptops history.

In the past this laptop failed to reformat the harddrive no matter what condition the harddrive is in so i came to the conclusion there was a problem with the northbridge chipset as after doing memory test's and reseting the bios still no errors with showing in the components.

I have tried to go around this by purchasing a 2.5 inch IDE laptop caddie and removed the orginal hard drive and plug it via usb so i could possibly install xp on the laptop with a removable drive instead.
I have tried multiple discs and multiple versions of xp with the SP3 failing at 33% with the error of unable to copy the file spnike.dll and on SP1 failing to copy lprmonui.dll at 29% on the install.

If anyone could sheld some light on this laptop and what could fix it be much appriecated :D
I think that maybe the laptops CD drive could be faulty, i have experience with computers and laptop hardware and software repairs and studing computer networking so i am not a noob and are abit stuck, thank you for your help :P

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A: Windows XP home Edition Setup Failed to install


Originally Posted by XRaz0rX

I think that maybe the laptops CD drive could be faulty...

I think you could be right.

One way to determine whether or not the CD drive is at fault is to try burning a Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu, on to a disc and install it.

If it fails to install via the CD, try installing it again from a USB pen.
Instructions on how to put Linux on to a USB pen can be found here:
Universal USB Installer ? Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux

If it successfully installs from the USB pen then your CD drive is faulty and you will need to replace it if you want to install Windows XP.
If not then your CD drive is probably fine and something else is at fault.

Note: Apparently there is a way to get Windows XP to install from a USB pen but I haven't tried this myself and most online guides look pretty complicated. Unless your up to the challenge I would stick to testing Linux from USB which is a lot simpler.

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Sorry for hijacking your thread, I'm actually have the same problem too.

Reinstalling Windows XP and problems accessing Laptop HDD to backup files

I have been using the command below to install XP onto another HDD for my Targa as a upgrade/replacement. I have been using the Targa laptop long with the new HDD plugged inside an enclosure to do the installation as I know that it couldn't be done on different computers due to different hardware and drivers.

E:\I386\winnt32.exe /syspart:D: /tempdrive:D: /makelocalsource /noreboot

where E is my external DVD drive (main CD drive not working) and D is the new HDD plugged in the enclosure

I think it was on the "preparing installation stage" and it said it will take 60mins. After copying all installations files to the enclosure, I think the /makelocalsource commands makes it do that. After it finishes copying the files the install window just closes and I was left with all the files it copied to the HDD on the enclosure. I pretty sure the window shouldn't do that and just to make sure I took out the 160GB HDD from the enclosure and replaced it witht the current HDD into the HDD bay of the targa and as I expected it didn't work.

The 160GB was formatted in NTFS beforehand (Quick format)so I didn't tell setup to format it again too but I wasn't too sure of the file allocation size so left as default. I just tried making another partition on the replacement HDD too with 800MB as FAT32 but after entering the comma... Read more

A:Windows XP home Edition Setup Failed


Originally Posted by XRaz0rX

I have been trying to install Windows XP onto a Acer 1642 Laptop for a while know and there has always been errors when copying files i will go into depth now the laptops history.

In the past this laptop failed to reformat the harddrive no matter what condition the harddrive is in so i came to the conclusion there was a problem with the northbridge chipset as after doing memory test's and reseting the bios still no errors with showing in the components.

I have tried to go around this by purchasing a 2.5 inch IDE laptop caddie and removed the orginal hard drive and plug it via usb so i could possibly install xp on the laptop with a removable drive instead.
I have tried multiple discs and multiple versions of xp with the SP3 failing at 33% with the error of unable to copy the file spnike.dll and on SP1 failing to copy lprmonui.dll at 29% on the install.

If anyone could sheld some light on this laptop and what could fix it be much appriecated :D
I think that maybe the laptops CD drive could be faulty, i have experience with computers and laptop hardware and software repairs and studing computer networking so i am not a noob and are abit stuck, thank you for your help :P

Sounds to me like you need a new hard drive first and foremost. There are really 4 reasons for install failure being hard drive, memory, cd disk or cd drive but this sounds like the hard drive to me.

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i'm trying to do a system recovery on my older dell laptop that won't start. the following link from microsoft only has the setup disks for service pack 1 and 2. where do i download the one for service pack 3? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994

A:Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3 Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy Boot Install?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/slipstreaming-windows-xp-to-create-bootable-cd/Please read the tutorial above from BC tutorials -Thank You -

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im trying to reinstall xp and the welcome to setup screen appears and tells me to press enter to continue to set up xp, i pressed enter and nothing happens, i also tried pressing R and F3 and nothing happens i know my keyboard is working because i was using it to run the install disc while turning on my computer please help does it(keyboard) have anything to do with the setup bios?

A:windows xp home edition setup

i suppose you're using a USB keyboard. check your BIOS settings.'USB Legacy Support' should be 'Enabled'.

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I am in the blue setup screen trying to put windows xp home edition on my laptop. It is saying Setup cannot find a previous version of windows installed *I removed and re-created a new partition for my HDD* on your computer. To continue, Setup needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product. Then it says when the CD is in drive *which it is* hit enterI hit enteri see loading.. then says dosnet.inf where the loading... was then just takes me back to the same setup page i was at. Also when I try chkdsk it says "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems." Any help on how I can get XP to install would be greatly appreciated!!

A:Need help with an issue with Windows XP Home Edition Setup

First it sounds like you have an upgrade only install cd, and when its asking for a previous version its asking for a windows 98 or windows ME or windosw 2000 cd. The second issue is that your hard drive looks like it has issues as well, if possible take your hdd out of your system and put in another system and do a checkdisk from their copy of windows, however if you feel uncomfortable doing that or cant, when you do the install next delete the partition and recreate it and format it do a slow format as this will usually bring up any physical errors the drive might have.

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I recently plugged in and turned on my computer after a few months and upon startup I am getting a blue screen that say 'Windows XP Home Edition Setup'. I have followed the steps to install it and once it copies the files it tells me that Windows must reboot and the setup will continue. However, once it reboots it just takes me back to the beginning again. I have never had to do this before and i would like to get this setup so that I can use my computer again. Also I do have the Windows XP Home Edition Reinstallation CD if I need it. Please Help

A:Blue Screen: Windows XP Home Edition Setup on startup

One possible cause is that you are pressing a key when it restarts and prompts with "Press any key to boot from CD". You do not want to press any keys here, just let it reboot on its own.

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I have Toshiba (A205-S5871) laptop which runs windows Vista SP1 home edition. Three days ago, it starts to show unusual behavior:
1) Eats up 96% of memory even when no program is running
2) Busy CPU up to 99%
3) Opens too many program/window which shows nothing

I booted in safe mode and scanned the computer using free versions of Avira and AVG. Both anti-viruses could not detect any virus. AVG reported files which it says are locked and could not be scanned ( around 15-20 files/folder).

I then tried to restore and it completed successfully, but the computer still failed to start.

Here is the problem: the computer starts to boot properly and it show login screen. After password entry it displays welcome screen and stops showing normal blue screen (not error screen) after that. The hard disk looks busy for few minutes as if it is loading. It doesn't accept any input even pressing power button is not effective.

What do you advice me? I have Ubuntu Linux on second partition but could not open the windows partition because it says windows is not shutdown properly (button press for four seconds). Besides Ubuntu is weird to use. Any suggestion please?

A:Windows Vista SP1 home edition attacked by virus and failed

try reinstalling windows....i'd say a virus did this to u

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Hi, and many thanks to anyone who can help me with this

Once you've had a look at the problem, do you recommend I buy a new SATA Hard Drive and retry the Windows XP installation?

I have been using Windows XP Home Edition on my Aries PC for several years without any problems, then it started freezing and BLUE screening intermitantly until it became unusable. I decided to reinstall Windows XP from scratch using the supplied recovery CD.

I am currently trying to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition (sp unknown) onto my (old) Aries PC but it does not seem to be recognising the hard disk drive (250Gb Maxtor SATA Raid drive).

I have tried the reinstall several times. The time before last it got to where I could repartition and reformat the drive (NTFS). I waited (for hours, NOT using Quick Format) until this was 100% complete then got to the same situation I am in now.

I have configured the PC to boot up from the DVD RW Drive and I have a floppy disk with the Raid Driver on it.

Below is the sequence of events leading up to the problem in 'Windows Setup'...

> Turn on PC
> Windows Setup screen (blue DOS-like screen)
> <F6>
> <S> to specify additional device
> (place Raid Driver floppy into floppydisk drive)
> <select 'ULi SATA Controller (M5287, Windows XP/Server 2003)'>
> Message...
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):

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A:Problem: Unable to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition (Setup cannot access this disk)

is it set to be seen as ide in the bios

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So, earlier I got tmy XP disk to finally work, so I let it load up and I got to a screen where I had to press F8 to agree to terms and conditions. So, I try to press F8 but nothing, so I kept trying to but nothing. Then, I hit i don't agree, and it restarted the computer.

Which leads me to bigger problem, the disk drive won't read the disk anymore. It just says Verifying DMI Pool Data. Ad it just stays there, and that's when it's supposed to say Press any key to boot from CD. But nothing else happens.

A:It won't let me install Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit

Use a diagnostic tool from your Hardrive manufacturer to test faults.

Make sure when your instaling windows you install any drivers needed for your harddrive.

Have you made any Bios changes?

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not sure if I am in the right forum or not, or even if this is a question for this site, but here goes.

I am currently running Windows ME and want to upgrade to WindowsXP Home edition which you can load just over your current system.

I did try to do this but ran into some incompatibility issues, but I am not sure what the files or programs are for. I know that once I loaded the XP I was unable to use my internet so I think one of the files is for the internet. I have since removed XP but since i did buy it I would like to see if I can use it.

I have posted the incompatibility report, any help on fixing these problems would be great.

Here is the post:

Setup found hardware or software on your computer that might not or will not work with Windows XP. You should read and understand this upgrade report before continuing.
For more information, click a topic:
Helpful Information

Setup has detected that some hardware or programs on your computer might not function correctly after the upgrade is completed. This lack of functionality can have an effect on things you might want to do, such as connecting to the Internet, accessing e-mail, printing, scanning, and playing sounds or music. It is important that you read and understand this upgrade report before continuing. To resolve some of these issues, you can get more information at the Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition on the Web.
Setup will automatically back up your existing version of Windows. You can restore y... Read more

A:Windows XP Home Edition-install

Installing XP on top of ME ( pardon the language ) is asking for trouble. . as you have found out. You will have a much more stable and dependable system if you perfrom a clean installation of XP.

You can perfrom a clean install of XP with a upgrade version of XP.

To do that, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up.

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.


You will have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, After the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP File... Read more

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I had windows SP2 on my Compaq Presario SR1123WM before it crashed and went back to California for repair.I still have the CD to install the program.

But it will not install, either from download from microsoft, or from the CD.

I get an error message " Extraction failed. (ccyclic redundancy check)" And a few minutes later, I get the screen, " SP2 did not install," or some such thing. Anyway, I have tried 14 times to install this thing, but Microsoft tells me that Compaq is responsible, because it was OEM installed.

Compaq (HP, that is) says sure, we'll help you, but it will cost you $60!!!

Any help from any quarter?

A:Windows XP Home Edition - SP2 won't install!

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Okay, I posted recently about a problem I was having, but got really impatient with the long wait, and stopped waiting. My computer was in very bad condition, and couldn't even get out of safe mode. I reformatted my computer, but without noticing, it installed a second windows XP file over my other one. Now, whenever I turn on my computer, it gives me two options for selecting a windows XP type. But they are both the same, except when I go to the older one, it has all the same problems that I left it with, and it wants to start the installation up over again. What do I do? My H: Drive only has like 1.4 MB free space on it, which pretty much lets me know for sure that it's installed twice. I am having bad problems with programs that ARE there, but then they aren't... What the hell do I do??? Please hurry with a response, I am getting very antsy...

A:Windows XP Home Edition Double Install???

Are both Windows installed on the same drive

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Trying to install Win updates, manually or auto, neither works. l get error msg WUAUCLT.EXE. If I navigate to update site manually and choose updates to install, I get an
IE error message then IE apologizes and shuts itself down.

Have run multiple times: Panda Active Scan Pro, Norton, SpywareDoctor, SpySweeper in both regular and safe modes and with the restore thing unchecked but they don't detect whatever malware has got me in this fix.

Periodically I get another error message, 'Windows Virtual Memory Minimum Too Low -- your system is low on virtual memory. Windows is increasing the size of your virtual memory paging file."

Since I use this reconditioned IBM Stinkpad for nothing except email the virtual memory should be more than adequate and I see this as more evidence that I've been attacked.

So, what's got me? Help. Please.

A:Xp Home Edition: Windows Updates Won't Install

Depending on the location of wuauclt.exe, makes a difference. Read this to help determinehttp://www.file.net/process/wuauclt.exe.htmlMark

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Hey guys. installed windows 7 home edition. So it is currently on my PC. But I have 22 days left to activate it.

A few questions

I am trying to install some softwares and they are not working , is this due to not having the complete install of Windows 7

2. I assume I can just buy a serial off amazong or something for windows 7 64?

Thanks guys

Im a mac user, so I have no idea what I am doing. I am reciving alot of .dd setup problems when trying to install

A:windows 7 Home edition not activated....cant install?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Yep you can't do much until windows is activated
Yep again you can still purchase 7 home premium 32 or 64 bit
If you don't know which one you have see this
System Type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)

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I have a HP Pavillion A620n that needed a new hard drive. Before installing the hard drive I rest the Bios and memory by removing and re-installing them. Installed the new HD and booted the system.The screen came up with press F1 for setup or F2 to continue. Pressed F1 and changed the boot order from the HD to the CD. Saved the settings and rebooted the computer. The same screen came up and this time I pressed F2 to continue. The next screen came up black with a small dash in the top left corner flashing. Tried opening my CD to no avail. Tried opening my DVD to no avail. Now I'm unable to install my OS.
Is there a way to install my OS?

A:Unable to install Windows XP Home Edition

My guess is you need an original OS disk or recovery disk to do the install or is that what you're refering to when you say "Tried opening my CD to no avail."

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i formatted my hard drive and did a new installation of Windows XP Home Edition.when setup was copying files to the intallation folders there were 4 files that would not copyeven when it asked me to Retry. this is what the screen looked like:XP Home Edition SetupPlease wait while set up copies files to the windows installation folders.Setup cannot copy the file:ks.sysSetup cannot copy the file:driver.cabSetup cannot copy the file:kodak_dc.icmand Setup cannot copy the file:iyuv_32.dllthe only thing i've done so far after installation is adthe motherboard drivers, and Service Pack 2.what are these files and what will they effect? will adding Service Pack 2 and any updates correct the problem?

A:Fresh Install Of Windows Xp Home Edition W/ Errors

Does the Windows installation work OK? If it does, I'd suggest that it's OK to leave it as is. If you get an error later on you can replace the files as needed.

I'd suggest copying them off the CD "just in case" - but first clean the CD really well to help ensure that the copy is a good one.

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I have a HP Pavilion A620n computer that needed a new hard drive. Before installing the new hard drive I reset the Bios and memory by removing them and then re-inserting them. Installed the hard drive and booted up the computer. A screen came up stating press F1 for setup or F2 to continue. I pressed F1 to get into setup to change the boot sequence from THE HD TO THE CD and saved the info and rebooted. The screen came up with the same info press F1 or F2
Pressed F2 to continue and the next screen came up black with a dash that was flashing. Tried to open my CD and it would not open. Tried opening my DVD and that would not open either. Now I can not install my Windows XP Home edition. Is there any way around this? Or does anyone know how I can install my OS?

A:[SOLVED] Unable to install Windows XP Home Edition

Check all the cable connections again.
If the trays are not opening they may not be getting power.

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I have searched the web and this site hoping for a resoluton to this problem. If I am repeating a problem that someone else has mentioned then I apologise.

I have a Dell 9100 Inspiron laptop. It has recently ground almost to a halt so I decided to upgrade my harddrive and install Windows XP home edition.

I checked that my Fujitsu 80Gb hardrive is supported by the OS. It is. I then put it in and tried to install XP home using the Dell CD taht came with the laptop.

Everything goes well until 13 minutes to go in the installation process (driver signing) where it just hangs, looking for all the world as though it is doing something. I have left the laptop for hours only to see it at the very same position.

I have added nothing to the laptop other than the harddrive, which is picked up correctly by the BIOS, and presumably by the Windows installation process in that it correctly copies data to the disk.

Has anyone else seen anything like this?

I will later on plug my old harddrive back into it and download a BIOS upgrade. See if that helps!

Also heard that if you modify any of the defaults settings in the installation process it could cause these problems? Is that true?

I am suprised that an installation as basic as this could be so problematic.

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.

A:Windows XP (Home edition) hangs on fresh Install.

Laptop upgrades can pose a problem because of the manner in which Manufctrs try to protect their markets.
First you should check with the Dell web to confirm that the Fujitsu is supported by them in your model.
Then confirm their O/S re-install procedure ,pay close attention to particulars,Download the latest drivers etc. and check for any Bios/Setup file updates for your model.
Finally ,I hate to play devils advocate, but you do not state what your symptoms were originally . Are you sure the HDD was really what is wrong with the machine ?

Welcome to Techspot!

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I install xp sp2. I restart pc it doesnt load operating system it only shows background-it wont load OS or show icons. I go to safemode add/remove pgms uninstall xp sp2-restart pc/os it loads fine. I need sp2 cause winmedia player wont open and other pgms. Also WMI '' whatever that mean'' has encountered a problm and needs to close. How can I fix this?

Gates has billions but no stable OS.


A:Windows Xp Home Edition - I install windows Xp service pack2

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Hi there

I'm a little baffled as I purchased Windows 8 (N) from the microsoft store (download version) and I'm not getting the option to keep my applications and personal files from updating from Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit

I ran the install process and I ran the program which tested my current programs for compatibility issues. I didn't uninstall the ones that its didn't think were compatible ( was I suppose to ?)

I download Windows 8 (N) from the store and when it came to install the only two options I have is to keep my personal files or a clean install.

The only reason I got it over Windows 8.1 was so I could upgrade to Windows 8 and keep all my programs and files then upgrade to Windows 8.1 afterwards.

Am I being daft and I've missed something really obvious here ?

Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 Home Premium Edition To Windows 8 (N) install

This is all I could find relevant:
Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

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Hola everyone!

I have a question regarding the installation of windows 7 on my old windows XP home edition. I don't know if it is still possible to install it within the current setup I own. I am not an expert and have already seen some of the windows 7 requirements. In particular, I am not too sure about is whether my graphic card ( Intel (R) G41 Express chipset) can take this new windows. I would be very grateful for any help that you can provide me. Thanks in advance.


Here are the details of my computer:

Nombre del sistema operativo Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Versi?n 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Compilaci?n 2600
Fabricante del sistema operativo Microsoft Corporation
Nombre del sistema CONSULTA
Fabricante del sistema System manufacturer
Modelo del sistema System Product Name
Tipo de sistema Equipo basado en X86
Procesador x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel ~2700 MHz
BIOS Versi?n/Fecha American Megatrends Inc. 0408, 16/03/2010
Versi?n de SMBIOS 2.5
Directorio de Windows C:\WINDOWS
Directorio del sistema C:\WINDOWS\system32
Dispostivo de inicio \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Configuraci?n regional Espa?a
Capa de abstracci?n de hardware Versi?n = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
Nombre de usuario CONSULTA\Propietario
Zona horaria Hora de verano GMT
Memoria f?sica total 2.048,00 MB
Memoria f?sica disponible 1,16 GB
Memoria virtual total 2,00 GB
Memoria virtual disponible 1,96 GB
Espacio de archivo de paginaci?... Read more

A:Install Windows 7 on a windows XP home edition

There is a Windows 7 Driver available for that Chipset ...

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Thanks for your time.
First off, I must state that I am not trained in computers, but I have been using Windows PCs for many years now. This machine was purchased just a month ago and we have been trying to install Windows updates during this period. I could make out that some of the updates have been installed (eg., Bing desktop and many other important ones), but not all of them. Every time the process stops at about 15% of completion, and the system proceeds to shut down. During subsequent power up, configuration would also progress up to 15% and will be terminated with this display:

"Failed configuring updates, reverting changes" or similar message.

I have tried to gather all the information that was listed in this website (the update posting instructions I received after I registered here) Windows Update Posting Instructions except for one, item 3. Windows update error codes. However I tried, I could not gather this piece of information. If it is the correct thing to do, I can upload the screen shot showing the results of the command prompt scan and also the the zipped CBS file.
I will wait to hear from you.
Thanks for your time

A:Failed to install Windows updates (Win7 Home Basic)

Welcome to the forum, I'm sure our experts will be able to help when they see your post. I suggest you put the files you have into your next post in this thread to give them something to check over.

Don't worry about not about being trained in computers the experts will work with you at your pace to get your computer working again.

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I tried to download it, but it has been downloading for 24 hours and seems stuck on 58% downloaded. Help

A:Upgrade to Windows 10 Home, version 1511, 10586 failed to install.

Originally Posted by Lil

I tried to download it, but it has been downloading for 24 hours and seems stuck on 58% downloaded. Help

What source are you downloading it from? Easiest method to get the file is Tech Bench:
Tech Bench

Easiest way to both download and create a USB flash drive is Media Creation Tool:
Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

Option two in the above tutorial except on step 7 select USB flash drive and have an 8gb USB flash drive available. The flash drive you make can be used to upgrade Windows 7/8/8.1/10 to Windows 10 version 1511 and can also be used to boot from and clean install Windows 10.

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I would like to re-install OS on compaq laptop. I don't care about losing previous files or data.
I need to start over. System will not boot to windows.

A:xp home edition re-install

well, then have your windows XP installation CD and driver disk ready and follow these instructions to install XP home or professional:


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Two distinctly different questions:

1. If I now want XP Pro as my OS, do I have to uninstall XP Home Edition first, or will Pro just upgrade the OS?

2. Sony Vaio laptop, just reinstalled XP Home Edition >>to the partition of the drive where this all happens<< and left intact all the Sony proprietary/ backup software in that separate partition, right where the manufacturer put it originally. Well, I don't need it and would like to reclaim the drive space, and have Acronis Disk Director Suite at the ready. Should I just wipe that partition and then merge the resultant free space with the rest of the drive? (That's what I'd like to do!)

80GB drive, and 6+GB are for storing OS software and other junk that came with this Sony. Again, I don't need or want any of that, so is it safe to nuke it? ( I have XP in all versions, so don't need to install from this partition.)


A:Can I Install Xp Pro Over Xp Home Edition?

You can perform an in-place upgrade to go from Home to Pro.From Windows insert the XP CD into the CD player.Choose installSelect upgradeFollow prompts and when asked for Product Key, supply a valid Product Key.Continue setup to completion and activate over the internet if necessary.All updates and hot fixes will need to be reapplied.

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Have tried twice to install Service Pack 2 on my comp with Home Edition
XP SP1 and about 3/4 of the way through, the installation stops and a
message appears saying SP2 is denied. Installation then uninstalls and goes
back to where I started. I have twice run Adaware SE, regseeker, and
McAfee Virus Scan before the installation but it had no effect. Am using
the CD I order from Microsoft. Motherboard is ASUS A7N8X-E with AMD
3200 Processor. Bios is Award version 6.00pg. Does anyone have an
idea what I can do or where I can find an answer? I'm not an expert but
I have some knowledge about comp. Thank you in advance for any help.

A:Can't get SP2 to install on XP Home Edition

Are you logged in as an administrator?

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I am new to this forum and this is my first post. I have been building my own sytems for a number of years but have not run into this issue. I am building a backup system, see specs below;

Enermax PS 450 Watt
Abit MB NF7-S Rev. 2
Geil Dual Channel PC3200 2G
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128 MB
Maxtor Ultra PLus 9 80 GB
Processor AMD 2800 XP M

After loading all the drivers and DLL's windows goes to reboot and gives me BSOD with error message telling me to check hardware. Is this because the Bios does not recognize the CPU (even though it displays CPU speed)?
I have read many forums on the XP M cpu's and nowhere does it mention an issue with installation as a desktop.

I have tried numerous times to install, and to no avail. I have to use "wipe drive" every time my boot fails to re-install XP. Any suggestions? Do you think I should just install a desktop CPU and forget it?

Thanks for all your help.

A:New build cannot install XP Home Edition

Have you tried resetting your BIOS?

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Hi everyone,
I have been working through this problem for almost a month now and no knowledge, no luck.
computer Home Built
Motherboard BioStar M7KVD
RAM 512mb
Speed 1.6 Mhz
2 hrd drvs
harddrive hd0 (bios) empty 200 gig WD checks good, and with the diagnostic disk it has been formatted and all zeros on it.
hd 1 (bios) WD 40 gig with w2k installed and everything works good

The problem cannot install XP HOME Edition on it. It is not an upgrade version.
The bios is setup 1. floppy 2 CD Drive 3 (which ever drive I select) now it is HD 0 the empty drive.

I am beginning to believe it may have something to do with the boot.ini. This is the boot.ini that is loaded now

[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows
XP Home "
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000

Thanks for any light you can shed on this problem.

A:Solved: can not install XP Home Edition

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Installed Windows XP w/sp2 onto dell dimension 4600 . Setup will not restart in safe mode, removed existing operating system and installed xp setup in safe mode. before new installation, I went into msconfig and set computer to safe mode. when I gointo system startup by pressing F8 and choosing normal start, setup is still in safe mode. How can I change my computer to normal startup? Thank you Roy

A:Xp Home Edition Install Problem

launch msconfig in safe mode then change it

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windows 98 keeps throwing out error messages at me. It seems to happen at the middle of registration can any body help I need to get alot of work done and I cannot do It on win98. thx chuck

A:registration and install of xp home edition

windows 98 keeps throwing out error messages at me. It seems to happen at the middle of registration can any body help I need to get alot of work done and I cannot do It on win98. thx chuckAre you booting to the cd or dvd in the drive?

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No rhyme or reason it seems, running various programs, firefox/thunderbird, itunes, explorer - totally freezes.

I've run eventviewer, and it mentions kernel and 41 - uploaded the Diagnostic Tool output - any advice would be greatly appreciated



A:Freezing after new install of W7 Home edition

Hello Red, welcome aboard.

As a test, you may try it:
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
Let us know how it works.

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Okay, after a week of frustration with this machine, finally located the purchased Win XP Home Edition SP2 CD. Set Bios to boot off CD. It starts working as it should and then locks on the license agreement and freezes there, it does not accept the F8 for I ACCEPT. I read MS tech article about Selective Start UP and went that root. Problem is it will not let me reformat the hard drive to reinstall XP Home SP2, first it tells me that I'm installing an older version (duh) and then it will only install over the existing files (not a good idea). Tells me I cannot delete or reformat C: because the temp files are on that drive, yet then it tells me to put the CD in and enter my product key. So when it installed on C: it hasn't solved my initial problem of start ups are inconsistent and have to power down and restart manually until it figures out that I want to start windows. It's almost like after being powered down for a couple of hours it needs time to "warm up" before it boots properly. (kind of like my car, needs to warm up before it runs right!)

My question: How can I complete reformat the hard drive to install this system from scratch?

I am doing this because of inconsistant booting and non start up problems, which I had a thread on a few days ago.

Have run Malwarebytes and AVAST and supposedly the system is clean. What I want to do is clean and reformat the hard drive to get rid of any conflicting files which I believe there are. Do a c... Read more

A:Clean Install of Win XP Home Edition SP2 over SP3


I'm using a multimedia keyboard. It didn't recognize the F8 key until you use the F lock toggle.

Hoping this install goes well. I did get a message that there were damaged system files. Doing a complete reformat of the hard drive and then installing and updating and crossing my fingers all will be like new! (Well, that is for an old PC)

Thanks to all!

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The new computer I bought a full month ago still ceases to work properly, much to my chagrin.

In any case, I've been running Ubuntu Linux on this comp because I can Live-Boot from the disk and install it that way- and that's the only reason, bear in mind. I just got a legit copy of XP for Christmas- I was sort of hoping it would, you know, function. No dice.
Same thing as happened with my 2000 disk. I pop the install disk in, it runs through all the pre-loading crap, and then when I hit enter to install XP, it tells me that it can't detect any hard drives.

I can find my 250 g SATA HD in the bios, though.
However, now that Ubuntu's installed on the HD, whenever I insert the motherboard disc and try to boot from the CD-ROM drive, Ubuntu starts up. Before I had Ubuntu, though, it would just let me know that no media storage was found.
So, in summary, my computer fails to find the hard-drives I can locate in 15 seconds through the BIOS. Clearly, it's fully functioning as Ubuntu boots off of it every time. What gives?

(Also note that I've made a driver floppy- I go to install it when XP is loading up, and it tells me that I'm 'installing drivers for <none>', and even after that it doesn't work. Maybe that's a clue. Also note that I don't understand jumpers, so it very well could be that, although I've tried booting in almost every jumper config.)

A:Can't Install XP Home Edition: HD Problem!

enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:


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should I install the recovery console right off after doing a clean install?



A:clean re-install win xp home edition

It can be a good tool, and it won't hurt anything to do it.

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Hi. The question is: Can i repair install XP Home SP3 OEM (genuine) with XP Home SP2 OEM CD (genuine)?

I am repairing a box and on it is XP home sp3 oem but i dont have the original cd for this box. I have bought an XP home sp2 oem cd. Both have genuine numbers and both are OEM-COA. I dont want to try anything as yet just in case all the passwords and data are lost. Generally i would do a full reinstall but this is not my box.

I have looked for the answer "out there" but none has been found.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advanced.

A:Solved: XP Home Edition OEM Repair Install

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I was playing a game (Elder Scrolls: Oblivion if that matters), acouple of days ago, and my PC crashed. When I tried restarting, it gave me missing files messages. I bought the PC with XP Home pre-installed, and wasn't given a CD. So, I rush-ordered one, thinking I could just reinstall XP like I would any earlier version of Windows, but the new CD doesn't want to boot up.

My system has no floppy drive. I'd like to save my files if possible on my C:\ partition, but it's ok if I have to format. In fact, I'm eager and happy to format, but I have no idea how.

I am currently using an older PC with Win98 to type this out.

I'm fresh out of ideas here, so I'd really like some help.

The original OS on the PC I believe I had upgraded to SP2, but not certain. The OS on the CD I just bought is XP Home with SP2, if that matters.

I have a floppy drive on my old Win98 machine, but none on the XP one. Otherwise, that pretty much sums up my situation. My Win98 PC is a 500mhz with 96mb RAM, so I'm not sure I could run XP on it.

A:Help with XP (Home Edition) boot/install problem?

Hello ChrisC30

To make your XP installation CD boot you need to go into the BIOS and set the boot order to
floppy (if present)
Hard disks

Then put the CD in the drive and reboot

Before I say any more I`m not sure if you want to try to save your files on "C" or whether you are happy to reformat and lose them all.

Are you able to get into XP at the moment?

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I put the XP Home Edition CD into my drive, turn it on, and it does the little Setup is analyzing your configuration or whatever. I go through all of the screens, format the drive, but after the computer restarts to continue the installation, it simply says "can't load operating system." I unhooked my other hard drive which had XP on it, set the jumper to Master on the new one, but it still won't install! I have no idea what's going on...any help?

A:Can't install XP Home Edition on a new hard drive.


I had the same problem earlier this week with a brand new WD HD. It seems that WD HD's have another jumper position for "single" (pins 4 and 6)when it's the only device on an IDE channel - I changed my jumper and the problem was resolved. Look on WD's web site http://wdc.custhelp.com for more info.

Please note that I also "slipstreamed" my copy of XP with SP1 so that I could format the drive to it's full amount, but I'm pretty sure it was changing the jumper that solved the problem.

Hope this helps.


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I just built a computer from parts that I bought new. The hard drive has never had anything on it, and my comp of XP Home Edition is straight from the factory. I can't get past the install page that says stuff about the partitions. It keeps telling me that my "hard drive dos not have a windows xp-compatibale partition."
The thing is, I cant even make a partition. I dont know if it is a problem with the HDD or OS. I've vistited other forums and they only solve problems with the few steps after I get stuck. nothing is ever said about not being able to make a partition.
I can get to the screen that says "the minimum size for a partition is 1 MB" and such, and when i type in what i want as a partition, I dont think it recognizes it.
PLease help. I thought XP installation would be easy.
also, My XP is NOT an upgrade from anything, i am just loading it on a fresh, new, never touched HD with not even a hint of another OS.

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I have a Dell 530 Desktop running Windows Vista Home Premium. It came with SP1 installed but after a virus attack I no longer have it. I keep getting notices that new software is availabe, of course it is SP1. When I try to download I get the message that it did not install and the will be rolled back. I have tried several times this takes almost 2 hours each time. Can anyone tell me what to do? I have tried Microsoft and Dell and gotten no help. Thank you in advance.

A:Can not install SP1 on my Vista Home Premium Edition Help

How is stuff working without it? I downloaded the SP 1 and burned the disk. After reading the notice that it may take several hours and multiple reboots to install the service pack I decided my system wasn't all that "broken" after all. I bought my PC in April 2007 and it took me a long time to optimize it so that the HD doesn't run on indexing search data I don't use and other stuff. I don't want to risk it for some nebulous benefit.

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Problem, due to some viruses or something I lost the capability to get anywhere on the net. Can't update virusdefinitons, can't get to any site, can't get email, Lost System Restore. I scanned computer with AVG, Adaware that deleted problems, but I can't even get to "HELP" on the Startmenu, it just doesn't go anywhere. I am asking here from work what to do.I read many of the similar problems, I have tried most of them, except reformat.
THIS IS MY QUESTION, If I reinstall the factory CD from Toshiba I got with the laptop, what will happen to all those updates Windows got over the last 2 years? I am on Dial-up, do I have to update OR is is enough to just install SP2, the disk I ordered directly from Microsoft? I have waited to see what people say about that upgrade, since it doesn't sound too promising with existing upgrades. But I assume if it is instantly installed after reinstalling XP, should that be ok? Has anyone tried it like this. Any THOUGHTS would be appreciated/

A:Re-install Winxp Home Edition Question

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I have both XP Home and Pro installed on my machine. The computer came with Home Edition factory installed but I had a NTLDR problem that crashed the system. When I installed XP Pro it gave me a dual boot and I can boot into Pro version just fine, but all of my important docs are in the other partition with Home Edition.

When I go into Safe Mode after selecting Home Edition, I get the following list in this exact order:

Also, my hidden files shows the following log:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
I have an install CD and want to perform a recovery install but I either get a blank screen or the three messages I listed above. Anyone know what I can do to get my Home Edition back on track?

A:XP Home Edition Recovery Install Problems

Hi .That boot.ini file data reflects XP Pro as the default boot O/S and shows that it's on your first partition.Data reflects XP Home as installed on second partition, same hard drive.When system boots, you should get window reflecting both O/Ses...choose the second and you should be in XP Home.You should be able to see the XP Home install from XP Pro. Moving documents from one to the other is a routine moving operation...unless you get an "access denied" message from My Docs or such.That can be overcome by the following, How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 System manufacturer and model?Louis

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I am planning in the near future to buy a Dell XPS 8910 Special Edition.  I hope shortly after purchase to install a Western Digital Black Series 2-TB hard drive.  This new drive would be used as a storage drive for extra data.  It would NOT replace the original 2-TB drive installed in the system.
From checking the service manual online, I understand how to physically mount the drive, connect the nearby power cable then use my own SATA cable to connect the drive to the motherboard.  I also understand how to use Device Manager in Windows 10 to add/format the new drive.
From other posts I've read here, I must ask: Will I need to enter the setup mode(BIOS/UEFI) at the start of bootup to set the SATA port to detect the new drive, or will the SATA ports automatically detect the new drive without requiring my going into setup mode? 
Thanks in advance to any who can answer my question.  I'm looking forward to getting my new system soon!

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My OS is xpsp2.
I have my updates to notify only and not auto install, however I am concerned that I might install ones that I don't want and I know that they can be hidden so that I don't accidentaly d/l them. For example, I want to wait a little while until I d/l Sp3 and thus wish to hide it until I feel comfortable that the update is OK.

Does anyone know how the process of doing "hide" as I have googled and found that it is possible but there is no information and I went into the M$ site and can't find the Instructions there either.

I really would appreciate your comments, thankyou.

A:Xpsp2 Home Edition...how To Hide Updates Until Later Install?

This may be what you are asking...Control Panel>Security Center>in the Manage Security Settings section click on Automatic Updates...In the new window click on the box that says "Download updates but let me choose when to install them"...That will put a yellow sheild in the system tray when downloads are available and ready to install.

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Hi all
Can anyone please help I have formatted my hard drive (which I have done before with no problem) and go to load xp but it will not go passed load devises, in fact it goes to sleep and I have to reboot and start again only for it to stop again.
I did install a DVD RW but have taken it out and put the old DVD back in its place incase this was the problem, again this made no difference.
The computer is now in the same state i.e. as the first time I did a reinstall but it will not go past loading devises.
Please heeeeeeelp it is driving me mad.

A:xp home edition install stops at loading devises

Hi smash99 and welcome to TSF !

Is this a custom build computer and a retail XP CD or is it some brand computer with an OEM install disk ?

Is your hard drive sata (small red cable) or IDE (broad 80-wires ribbon) ?

If it's a SATA drive you'll need the SATA drivers floppy. Press F6 when prompted to do so at the bottom of the first XP install screen and it will load the floppy. Install the SATA controller from there. You may need to press S to select additional devices if it's not available on the first screen.

If it's an IDE drive make sure the jumpers are set correctly : master if the drive is at the end of the cable, slave if it's in the middle. The system drive should be at the end of the cable that's hooked to the primary IDE controller on the motherboard (refer to the motherboard manual).

Were you able to get to the screen where you select the hard drive and the partition you're going to install Windows on ?

Double-check the drives' cables and check that the pci cards are correcly seated.

Unplug everything except the hard drive, video card and CD drive and try to install Windows on a minimum system (remove the other drives and pci cards).

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i recently got windows vista home premium and decided to upgrade my windows xp home edition SP3. It was going great until it needed to complete the upgrade. Up ntil 64% all was well. But once it hit 64% for awhile the computer shut down. After it shut down on its own i rebooted it and it said "upgrade unsuccessful. restoring your previous windows and settings. Do not turn off or restart your computer." I really want to know how to install it without any problems and i need help. Anything will be good and appreciated!
I have a Compaq Presario C301NR whit 2gigs of ram and 320gig HD. I still have the disc and everything and the computer was not harmed. After it shut down on its own

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