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Cant login, trouble installing windows 7.

Q: Cant login, trouble installing windows 7.

I gave recently restored my Dell Inspiron to factory settings. And now I get sent to a blank ligin and password screen with the profile picture blank as well. None of my previous usernames work. Also when I type in Administrator into the username box it says "Your acc has been disabled. Please see your system administrator." I have got a windows 7 professional CD to try to install but it just won't come up with a setup for the install after boot up. And my pc originally has windows 7 hone premium. Help for this problem please.

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A: Cant login, trouble installing windows 7.

I would do the restore to factory again. This time make sure everything external is disconnected.

Are you taking the destructive path that formats the drive during the recovery? If not you should, but make sure you back up your data first or you'll lose it.

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I was trying to repair a friends computer it was loaded with a ton of spyware and malware. I was successful in removing most if not all of it then I tried using a program that worked on my personal computer.

All the problems started when I used two programs that worked well on my personal computer. I used Registrybooster and speedmypc created by Uniblue. It appeared as if it worked great but when I restarted the computer there were all sorts of problems.

The system boots and lets me enter a login name. When I sign in however it only shows recycle bin icon and all the folders in the start menu show empty. I tried pushing ctrl alt del and it says it can't open task manager. So I tried going to the run and pulling up the msconfig to try to open it in safemode but msconfig wasn't found as a command. If left on long enough a blue screen comes up. Signing in under the administrator doesn't help anything either the same problems come up.

The only programs I used were "superantispyware" "malwarebytes" Uniblue-Registrybooster" "Uniblue-Speedmypc"

I'm thinking it may just be that i corrupted my registry.

What would be my best course of action at this point. I'd prefer not to format the harddrive. I tried getting to a system restore but I couldn't get to it anyway I would try. Would it be a good idea to remove the harddrive and plug it into my other PC. Is there a way to fix the registry by doing that and if so how... Read more

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Last night, I accidentally shut my computer off manually using the power button. I have done this before, so I just shrugged it off. When I tried to turn on my computer this morning, it started beeping when it got to the screen that lets you log on to your accounts. We have two accounts: My Parents' account (not password protected, and the one I am on now), and Mine, which is password protected, and the account I shut my computer off from last night.

So when I clicked on my account and tried to enter my password, it wouldn't take. So I logged on to my parents account. Then I logged off of that account, and tried to log on to my own account again, but it didn't work. So I turned off the computer, and when it got to the account screen again, it automatically went on to my parent's account.

Can anyone help me fix this? I would not like to use system restore, it is my last option. Please let me know if I'm unclear. Thanks.

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Hi .It seems that your user profile might be damaged.You may want to try using the following tool: Download details User Profile Hive Cleanup Service - http://www.microsoft.com/downloadS/details...;displaylang=en Not even sure how this works or what it does...but I don't think it can hurt your situation, nor am I saying that it will help.What I would probably do (since I would assume that my old profile was now damaged): How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=811151 Louis

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First of all, hello everyone! I'm happy to have joined your community. I feel sort of bad for joining only to ask a question, but the boards just seemed so helpful I couldn't resist.

Anyway, I recently installed the .net framework to a stable build of windows XP SP2, and now I'm having some problems. I deleted the asp.net account and checked the "don't use welcome screen" box in user profiles because I don't really like the login etc... that comes with it.

That was two days ago. This morning I turn on my computer only to have it take a long time at the windows loading screen, and hang at the off-blue loging screen without bringing up the login box. Now, I wanted to somehow get rid of the .net framework after I realised I didn't really need it, but now it's not even possible. I tried both entering in safe mode (hanging black screen with "safe mode" in the usual places) and using the last known working setting (and got the same off-blue login screen.)

I don't mind reverting to a saved state, but I can't even access the desktop to be able to.

Once again, thanks for everyones help!

A:After installing the .net framework, windows XP hangs at login!

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Hello I'm having trouble installing a new copy of Windows I purchased. A little background before I get into the details, I'm currently running some ancient parts. A ECS geforce 6100 mobo, AMD Athlon Dual Core, 4 Gb of DDR2, 160 Gb Maxtor hard drive (sata), a brand new Pioneer DVR (sata), a Nvidia Geforce GTS450 and a Creative Audigy 2.

Before I purchase windows 7 I was running Windows Vista for several years. Slowly I experienced blue screens I believe from installing and uninstalling programs. My original DVR was about 8 years old which I replaced with the Pioneer. It's my understanding Vista was loaded with bugs so I figured upgrading to Windows 7 would be much better than redoing it in Vista. When I tried to install windows 7 for the first time it froze during the installation, and I had already wiped my hard drive clean so there is currently no OS on it. I figured it was the DVR because it was so old and at times it wouldn't even read the disk so I replaced the DVR and tried again. By the way my old DVR was running off IDE. Now when I try to install windows it stays at 0 percent at expanding files. I've tried to go into the motherboard BIOS and reset the BIOS to default. Another problem is once I'm in the BIOS my keyboard will not allow me to scroll through the menus.

I am NOT as tech savvy as I used to be so any help that could be simplified would be greatly appreciated

A:Having trouble installing Windows 7

Hello and welcome Noe mate first how did you clean the drive? if you just formatted it then you really need to wipe the drive with a clean all or use an app that will take everything off.

In the BIOS have or did you set the first boot device to the optical?

Sounds - sorry - the system really needs a replacement mate.

One more thing you can try is a memtest make a memtest bootable disk set the BIOS if yo can to boot from the optical and insert the disk and exit the BIOS saving changes. You need to run that at last 8 passes - it takes along time I am currently doing it on an older machine (a Vista) and the first boot came up with a ton of errors on one stick of RAM so it has gone and so far the rest is good so try that first.

See RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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I'll try to not get into too much detail here on the problem I am having, since I have a habit of overstating things.

I am getting blue screen stop errors when trying to install Windows XP Pro. The error is the well known 0x00000050 PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA (number I am sure of, but that text may not be exact). It happens in the section of the install that says registering components, that's the closest I know of exactly when it is occurring. Here's what I have been through so far.

All Peripherals are unplugged at this point. I have 2 CD roms and 2 HD's, but only one of each are plugged in. Sound card is unplugged, as is the firewire card. The only other thing connected (besides the basics) is the neons on the case I have and the front LCD display of the case.
I have tried different combinations of the 2 CD drives and HD's I have. Errors seems to be consistent when switching between them, but I have tried so many different things it's hard to tell at this point.
I reseated the RAM, and tried moving it to another slot. No help. Also, I booted up memtest+ and let it run for about 8 hours (it went through the cycle of tests about 20 times), and it found zero errors.
The Windows XP Pro CD I am using is just about brand new, and doesn't appear to have any scratches.

I have received a few other errors in some of the attempts I have been through as well. File copy errors (but these seem to have gone away after disabling DMA and lowering the PIO mode), and CO... Read more

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If you're positive it's not the RAM, try checking the integrity of your CD. http://noeld.com/programs.asp?cat=misc They have a tool to check your CD for any errors it may have. I doubt that'll do anything for you, but it'll take your mind off of the memory. Your motherboard may be going bad as well. Those are the only two things I can think of. *edit* Try alternating between memory modules if you have more than one, or borrow a compatible stick from a friend if they have it.



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I have a HP Pavilion(of course its obselete and has no operating system). In trying to install windows xp,an error occured stating: "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer". Do I need to install a hard drive or does this type of system not able to handle windows xp? any help is appreciated!!!!

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I am new to this site. I am trying to train myself on becoming a tech support specialist. Just started with my first lesson which is installing windows xp. My husband gave me a server to install windows on. I did the whole installation process, using an installation cd. i couldn't complete it due to several reasons. My biggest question is, how to you install windows on a computer that is a server? Like I said, I am inexperienced and willing to learn so I am trying to find solutions on my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Welcome to TSF

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hey there people
imtrying to install windows xp pro on my compaq tower pc and its coming up saying windows cannot find any previous versions of windows on this machine.
this cd im using has workedfor me every other time but wnt work now.
any ideas as to what i can do?
cheers, rj

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Are you using an upgrade version of XP?

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I am trying to re-install Windows XP from the original system recovery discs that came with my Toshiba laptop. We have run into a problem, wherein the recovery hits a point that it gets hung up. This occurs so early in the process that nothing is even removed from my hard disc. The recovery discs operate by first instaling Windows 98. Presumably it uses this to conduct the process of re-installation. It is at this point, or shortly after, that the process halts and we just get a blank screen.

I have been in touch with Toshiba on this. They sent us a new set of discs, but we had the same problem. They have suggested it is a hardware problem, perhaps a corrupt sector on the harddisc which will not allow files to be copied to it. But I'm wondering if it may not be some rights issue, or a virus, or a firewall, or something software based that may be impeding the re-install.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

A:Trouble re-installing Windows XP

It is possible that your hard drive may be bad.... I would run a hard drive diagnostic test from the manufacturer of the hard drive or even run the windows "scan disk" feature.

If everything appears to be okay after running test.... make sure you set your system to boot from cd-rom first and insert the Windows disk

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Bill I have many problems installing xp on my fz180e
can you plz help me through e-mail
best regards

A:Trouble Installing Windows XP

Hi and Welcome to TSG.

I 've split your thread off from the other poster and move you to the Windows XP section. We prefer is members started their own threads for their problems so as to better assist them/you. We also prefer if the support is done in the forums rather then email where the advice can be verified by all members and better suggestions and follow up can be made.

Also can you provide more info as to the problems you are having installing Windows XP?

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I built a new computer just last week and I installed windows XP on it without any trouble. Then I tried to install windows 7 professional x64 and every time i do it, I get one of two Blue error screens. If it cuts off before the instal can even begin, it says

A problem has been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage
to your computer


If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen,
restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed.
If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer
for any windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware
or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as chaching or shadowing.
If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart
your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then
Select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** Stop: 0x0000001E (0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)

But sometimes it makes it into the install portion and cuts out halfway through and gives the same message with the error code as.

*** Stop: 0x0000000A (0x0000000000004510, 0x000000000000000D, 0x0000000000000000, 0xFFFFF8000CEE5280)

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A:Trouble Installing Windows 7

my setup:
MOBO - Biostar TA790GXE 128M
Processor - AMD Athalon 2 quad core 2.6ghz
Raidmax 530W power supply
seagate barricuda 750GB hard drive
2x2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 Ram

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This is my Tom's Hardware thread that I have not gotten any legitimate help on:
Can someone please read that and try and help me? Much appreciated.

A:Trouble installing Windows XP?

Hello and Welcome,
If I had to take a guess it would be that your SATA controllers are set to AHCI which XP cannot detect. Is AHCI enabled in BIOS? Do you get a 0X0000007B stop error when the screen blue screens? What does the error say?

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Recently i decided to upgrade my windows from 7 to 8.1 , I have instaled windows on computers before but I have never had this problem. It keeps telling me that '' setup was unable to to use the existing partition because the system does not contain the required free space'' picture will be bellow. I already formatted my pc so i have nothing on not even the old windows because I always prefer a completely fresh install. Any advice?

Thx in advance.

A:Trouble installing windows 8.1

What is installed on partition number 2?

You made sure to select the new button when installing?

Delete all of the partitions on the hard drive then see if it will install.

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Ok my friend just gave me his old laptop and i am trying to install windows xp but when i get to the part where i can delete the old partition it comes back saying that the partition you selected can not be deleted why is that with out me deleting this i can not install windows. Some body please help me with this ive never had this problem with my desktop

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Try Fdisk. See if there is a logical drive within an extended dos partition. This would have to be deleted first. Then you can delete the partition.

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for reading.

I am doing a friend a favour by reinstalling his Windows 7 Premium. x32.

I have done this a fair few times without any problems on lots of different computers. Including my own, several times. There isn't usually an issue. I am somewhat a novice and am looking for some advice.

Firstly, when I originally tried the reinstall the error message ''Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer?s hardware''. After a browse it looks like i need to change the BIOS setting to AHCI or IDE?

Firstly, I don't know how to check if i'm running RAID or how to change RAID to AHCI or IDE (Or even if this is the correct procedure)

Secondly, I performed a 'Primary Hard Disk Test' (or something to that effect) in the BIOS settings page and its came back with Hard Disk {303}. This, after a little research suggests the hard drive is corrupt. I don't mind that, at least then I have some closure and can go from there!

Any advice greatly received. (I apologise, I havent got all the specs to hand as I am at work but it's a HP Compaq. I THINK it's a Presario CQ60, 3G, 2.2Mhz)



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If you suspect hdd faulty I would checkout drive manufacturers website for a diagnostic software program which generally you can burn to disc and boot from and it will analyse drive and give you a conclusive answer
Eg seagate - sea tools
Western digital - data lifeguard

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I have an HP Pavilion 8275 computer. It currently runs on window millennium.
My problem is that while I was installing windows XP Pro on it I got an error on it that says as follows.

INSTALLATION FAILED:\1386\ASM.Error message: The parameter is incorrect.

Fatal error: One of the componants that windows needs to continue set up could not be installed.

The Parameter is incorrect.

I have left the computer on and with this message on it. So if I have to make any corrections on it. I won't have to start from scratch.

Thank you.

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I just built a new PC and am having trouble installing Windows 7. It loads the disc (says Windows is loading files) then on the blue screen where it says setup is loading, the PC just restarts. I have two discs I tried and two cd drives (1 blu-ray, 1 normal), same thing on each. It has a 8 core AMD CPU, 32 GB RAM, 2 HHD 1 SSD, GTX 760 video card, 900 Watt PSU. It s very late here at the moment so I have not yet tried with just 16 GB of RAM but I could use some input. Motherboard is ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS - Newegg.com


A:Trouble installing Windows 7 on New PC

Windows will reboot on a hard error. It could be anything. Sounds like a process of elimination type diagnostic drill. Unplug everything you don't need until it boots and stays up. Go from there.

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I caught a rather nasty virus and I've decided its about time just to reinstall windows anyway, which has not been done on this computer in its 4+ years of existence. When I boot up with the windows install disk and get into setup, I get a "no hard disk" error. From what I've read it seems some drivers are not loading somewhere, but I'm not so tech savvy as I used to be and am having trouble figuring out what I should do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Trouble Re-installing Windows XP Pro

If you have a SATA hard disk, and you have Windows XP SP2 (or lower version), you may have to load SATA driver off a floppy disk by pressing F6 suring the setup.
(Newer motherboards offer IDE mapping for SATA drives, that way such drivers are not needed. Bt your looks old)

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Recently i decided to upgrade my windows from 7 to 8.1 , I have instaled windows on computers before but I have never had this problem. It keeps telling me that '' setup was unable to to use the existing partition because the system does not contain the required free space'' picture will be bellow. I already formatted my pc so i have nothing on not even the old windows because I always prefer a completely fresh install. Any advice?

Thx in advance.

A:Trouble installing windows 8.1

Hi, as I can see the System Reserved partition is only 78MB - Windows 8.1 requires the reserved partition to be 350MB. You can try to delete all of the partitions until it is only unallocated space and try to install Windows 8.1 on it.
Note: do not make new partitions because the System reserved partition won`t be created!

Good luck, werty

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Installing windows xp pro. Trouble with setup. Gets through first part fine
but when restarting enters windows setup again without going into GUI MODE. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

A:Trouble Installing Windows Xp Pro

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

The first time Windows asks you to press any key to boot from cd do so. After that do not press any key to boot from cd again and setup should continue.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hello, recently I figured out that the amount of ram I am going to order is too much for Windows Professional 32 bit. So I was trying to do a clean install of the 64 bit version from my cousins disk, but it stopped immediately at "Windows is loading files", then gives me an error "0xc00000e9". So I tried using an ISO file he had on a usb with the "Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool" but it seems that my computer skips trying to boot from my usb and just goes straight to the starting windows page. So I'm basically checking wether or not you guys could help me install it? Thanks for any help.

A:Having trouble installing Windows 7 64 bit.

Hello Guy,

Can you enter the BIOS? From there, you can change the boot order and make USB boot first, cd last. You might also try F8 to select your boot device (if that doesn't work, try another function key like F10 or F12).

You might try this method, but be very careful. I just looked it up on google, and I have no way of knowing how good this information is: Boot From a USB Drive Even if your BIOS Won’t Let You - How-To Geek

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I'm running into trouble while upgrading my PC.
I've purchased and installed these products today: Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H Crucial DDR4 Ballistix Sport 2x8GB 2400 CL16 Intel Core i5 6400 Scythe Mugen 4 Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
I installed them, booted up and everything worked fine. I was working from a clean windows 10 install (last summer I upgraded from win7, then did a clean install). Because I wanted the windows 10 install on my SSD, I used the same disc I used before, went on to install and I get this message (translated from dutch):
Can't install windows on this disk. The hardware might not support booting up from this disk. Make sure the disk controller is turned on in the BIOS menu.
When I click more info I get this (also translated): We can't make a new system partition of find an excisting system partition. Read the log files from Setup for more information.
I've googled this and looked through some guides on installing Windows 10 on a SSD.
I've used shift+f10 to open command prompt. With the diskpart commands I've cleaned, converted to MRB and back to RTP, I've reformatted to NTFS. At some point when the SSD was just unlocated space, I pressed 'new' and it made the 4 partitions that it should with a RTP system. I selected primary and installed windows. The installation finishes without a problem, the system reboots and then I get a black screen with the message 'reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key'. After rei... Read more

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Hello everyone,

My mom has just ordered Windows 7 professional on a disc, and I installed it on a Windows XP computer. I have done exactly as I was told, choosing custom installation. However, after the installation is over, it says it must restart, but then after it restarts, the installation process goes back to the beginning. It asks for language preferences and time and currency format, but after I click next, there is still 'install now'

I have tried fixing the problem before; I accidentally installed Windows twice the first time, then I formatted the drive and installed it again, still to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Also, when it boots up, it prompts to boot from the CD, but if I wait, it will say 'BOOTMGR IS MISSING, PRESS CTRL+ALT+DEL TO RESTART'

A:Trouble installing Windows 7

Did you do this?Do a Clean Installation if:Your computer has no operating system installed, or it?s running a version of Windows prior to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (including Windows XP). You do NOT want to preserve your data, programs, or system drivers. You want to delete your current operating system and replace it with Windows 7.See tutorial http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html?ltr=C

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I have been having trouble installing windows. Whenever it starts to copy the files needed to install itself, the percentage bar gets somewhere between 50 and 60 percent complete and then I get a message stating that a certain file couldn't be copied (something like shell32 but the file is different each time I attempt to reinstall) because it says that it is not a valid windows xp image (or something like that).

I've tried numerous things to get around the problem. I've tried two different copies of XP (one the home version and the other Pro). I've changed the motherboard. I have tried two different hard drives and two different dvd/cd players, but the result is always the same.

Could it be the CPU (I have an Athalon XP 3000)? All help is greatly appreciated, as this one has me stumped. Thanks.

A:Trouble Installing Windows

Are both disks clean or are they scratched up. A scratched disk can cause things like this.

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I decided to finally give a shot at building my own PC - everything was seemingly going fine until I got to the Windows XP Home installation.

I booted up the WinXP CD, partitioned and formatted my HD, and after rebooting it fails to load from my HD. It copied the Windows Boot files to my HD just fine though.

I've edited the BIOS and made sure that it is explicitly attempting to load my HD first - but it can't seem to find it. After faililng to load from the HD and CD it goes to my OnBoard LAN (I can disable this in the BIOS, but it makes no difference). I've run a diagnostics test on my HD and found no errors.

HD: Western Digital Raptor (37GB) S-ATA
Motherboard: Gigabyte K8 Triton (GA-K8NF-9, nForce4 chipset).

... From what I can tell this is a BIOS problem. If anybody has help they can offer me I'd really appreciate your assistance.

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I wish to reformat my computer, but it's having troubles reinstalling windows. The harddrive is formatted and cleared, so I proceed with the windows installation. It finishes the first step and tells me it will reboot my computer and continue with the setup after the reboot. However, after the reboot it seems to think that I haven't actually done anything and goes back to the start of the setup again. I have one harddrive and no partitions by the way. Thanks for any help.

A:Trouble Installing Windows Xp

Welcome to BC
If I remember correctly. When it prompts you to "press any key to reboot" don't do it. Let it reboot on it's own

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I have an HP pavilion a6500f desktop PC that came with windows vista. Long story short, it sucks. So I thought I would try to install windows xp. I insert the disc, shut down the computer, boot it up again and try to install it the way you would normally install xp. only problem is that it won't install, it'll get to a menu where I choose install a fresh copy of xp and then just stay there. 1 hour passes, still there. 2 hours in, it's still there. Any ideas why I can't install xp? the CD is clean and everything, dvd drive has no problem reading other cds and dvds. Any help would be lovely.

A:Trouble installing windows XP

(method 1)

if you do not want to format your computer, which will make everything a lot more complicating, 'cause microsoft doens't support the downgrading of an OS. have a look at this:

recommending making backups and continue with method 1.

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Hey guys, I have a gateway mx6030 laptop that was given to me for xmas few years ago.. I recently tried to reinstall windows xp but it seems that i can only install it on my backup drive (6gb) and my main hardrive (60gb) wont accept the install. There is no option to choose which hard drive i want to install on like a usual xp installation has. Can anyone help me out please?

A:Having trouble installing windows xp

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To start off I never got the "Get Windows 10" app in my taskbar to reserve a download of Windows 10 and I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium. I've tried installing it 3 times using the Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft website and each time I have gotten some sort of blue screen, my computer restarts, and it reverts back to Windows 7

After restarting and logging in after it is finished restoring Windows 7, I get the error reading "0xc1900101 - 0x4000d the installation failed in the second_boot phase with an error during migrate_data operation"
Now I've tried uninstalling all of my antivirus software and removing all external devices other than my mouse and keyboard but it still doesn't want to work. 
Oh and another thing, don't know if this has anything to do with the installation not working but my Firewall won't turn on. Everytime I try to turn it on I get this message:

& when I try and do it manually nothing works. Again, I don't know if this has anything to do with the Windows 10 installation not working, just curious. 
I also tried booting from a USB drive and got the message reading "Compatibility report: The computer started using the windows installation media. Remove the installation media and restart your computer so that windows starts normally. Then, insert the installation media and restart the upgrade. (Do not select Icustom [advanced] to perform an upgrade Icustom [advanced] installs a new copy of windows and deletes y... Read more

A:Having some trouble installing Windows 10

Well, let's start with the last one, first.  You can't use the media install tool from boot.  You have to boot in Win7 first, and then plug in the usb and then click on setup.exe.  That's what the instructions in the last paragraph of your post, are saying.
But before you do that, ask yourself:  DO YOU LIKE WINDOWS 7??  For you will lose it, if you go to Windows 10.  The only way to recover, is to clone your drive PRIOR TO using the Windows 10 installer.  Win10 claims it can restore you back, but that is not happening.  People are reporting lost or corrupted files, drives, etc. in tenforums.  So the only reliable way to go back to Win7, is to clone and then clone back after you've seen Win10 (and presumably disliked it).
Win10's usage license REPLACES the Win7, and is much more restrictive than Win7's, when doing an in-place upgrade.  Unlike during the Insider phase, with the official Win10 you cannot do a clean install until AFTER upgrading,which wipes out your Win7 and its license.
For this reason, you'd be better off upgrading some other license of a version you might dislike, say 8.0 after converting it to 8.1 via Windows Store.
As for the firewall, type 'firewall' in the Win7 search area, and then see if you don't get 'Firewall with Advanced Security'.  That produces a dialogue box of settings.  At the far right in Action Center, is 'restore defaults' option.   Try clicking ... Read more

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Hey guys thanks for your help in advance.
ASUS P5QC Motherboard
Geforce GTX 275 896 MB Pci Express 2.0
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 Ghz
Antec 850 Watt Power Supply
Corsair 2GBx2 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
Maxtor 350GB Sata Hard drive

Everything but the hard drive and the case is new. I am trying to install Windows Xp Home Edition OEM software. The problem arises when it gets to the installing devices part, and it locks up. I have tried putting only one stick of ram in either of the slots. I have also tried disabling the ethernet and other devices, and still would lock up at the same place in the installation.

I'm wondering if in some way the parts are incompatible with the motherboard. I'm not experienced enough to tell it seems.

A:New Rig having trouble installing windows

I am going to replace the motherboard, and see if that helps because the motherboard was a display model.

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I've had to re-install windows xp as I got a pretty awful virus. I'm back online at last, and am re-installing files etc but cannot get any sound from my pc. When I bought the computer (2006) it had a new soundblaster x-fi extreme audio fitted. I've downloaded the driver from creative but it stops during setup and says it cannot find any related product.

I would be very grateful if someone could give me some advice about what I need to do, as I am stumped.



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I'm wanting to re-install XP along with formatting my hard drive. I made the start up disk and rebooted my computer with that in. It took me to an A prompt. I typed in format c: but it says bad command. I tried changing it to C prompt, but it didn't do anything different. I tried doing it thru dos, but I get an error. It takes the format c: then says all data will be lost do I want to proceed, I say yes then it gives me this message...

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first. ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume?

I type y and it says it cannot lock the drive, the volume is still in use.

When I first installed it, I did something wrong because I'm pretty sure I still have my Windows ME on the hard drive too. Can anyone help? Did I really mess it up??

A:Trouble re-installing Windows XP

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I've got my lovely computer here infected with spyware, browser hijackers and the usual suspects, and I need to format and re-install Windows.

So, installion disk of Win XP Pro at hand, I modify the BIOS so as to make the CD drive to boot before the HDD. PC restarts, Win XP Pro installation disk loaded, and as it is booting, it says "Booting from CD-ROM: Failure". And of course, it doesn't load the CD and goes straight into Windows XP.

I'm left clueless now and with the computer still not functioning well. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Right now I'm on Windows XP Pro but it's a fake and terrible version installed by someone (PC is 2nd hand). There is also no SP2 installed and the computer doesn't let me install almost any software, and just limits itself to say "File corrupt".


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my desktop is a dell it lets me format the hard drive and when it installs the files it says it cannot install these files push escape to skip then goes on to the next one and does the same thing am i doing something wrong my windows crashed

You guys are great

A:trouble re-installing my windows

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I recently had a harddrive crash, and so I bought a new one and put it into my computer. Whenever I try to intall windows onto this new harddrive, I put in the disk and get this message

Boot from APATI CD rom: Failure

Please insert system disk and press enter...

Pressing enter gets you nowhere but the same place....
Any suggestions?

A:Trouble Installing Windows XP

Check for fingerprints and dust or scratches on your Windows disk. I had a problem like that and it turned out to be a fingerprint that you couldn't even see unless it was under direct light. Clean your disk with a disk cleaner or some windex.

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I am getting a blue screen after the first reboot, I can't read it since it goes off the edges of the screen.

I have run the windows 7 utility and it only said that I needed to do a custom install, please help.

A:Trouble with installing Windows 7 64 bit

Hello, Welcome! Rest assured, your problem will get taken care of.

Could you please follow my instructions here for troubleshooting? Heed all suggestions such as disconnecting all hardware.

Also run Memtest86 overnight or longer to see if you have bad RAM.


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I have my older computer, nonetheless I was running Windows XP home edition, I upgraded it to Windows XP pro... was running fine and I just need it for my sons school programs... Untill I noticed I was running both Home & PRO....

So I decided to delete all partitions, format the drive, but during installation I would get Blue Death Error Screen... each time I tried was a different error. I've run MEMTEST86 (passed) and seagate tools to test Hard Drive (passed), and also used Activekill to wipe the drive clean... tried WINXP again but no luck. So I tried installing UBUNTU just to see what would happened and it installed and worked fine except I noticed it started freezing. So now I want Windows XP back but it will not work.... What could be wrong??

Also, I tried Windows Recovery and CHDSK: said one or more errors on volume but freezes when I use CHKDSK /r

A:Having Trouble Re-installing Windows XP?

Try removing the added RAM module to see if you can get the install process to finish. If you can, then it could be the memory despite what you're seeing in the memtest results.

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I have been having some trouble installing Windows XP Professional edition. I posted in another thread about this, but Geek Girl said it would be best to start a new one to get the help I needed. Basically, I went to install Windows XP Pro on my new computer (the hard drive was blank), and everything went fine. I partitioned the drive, and installed the OS. It came to the screen where it said "setup will continue after system restart, restarting in X seconds" where X was counting down from 15. After my computer restarted, it didn't load Windows! It just brought me back to the CD and asked me if I wanted to install it again. I checked the order that my drives boot in, and hard disk is set to boot before cd, so I can't figure out what the problem is. I'm running on GA-K8N Pro-SLI Nforce 4 motherboard, with an athlon 64 X2 4200+ cpu.

A:Trouble installing Windows XP Pro

were you supposed to remove the cd at that time? before she rebooted?

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I'll try to not get into too much detail here on the problem I am having, since I have a habit of overstating things.

I am getting blue screen stop errors when trying to install Windows XP Pro. The error is the well known 0x00000050 PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA (number I am sure of, but that text may not be exact). It happens in the section of the install that says registering components, that's the closest I know of exactly when it is occurring. Here's what I have been through so far.

All Peripherals are unplugged at this point. I have 2 CD roms and 2 HD's, but only one of each are plugged in. Sound card is unplugged, as is the firewire card. The only other thing connected (besides the basics) is the neons on the case I have and the front LCD display of the case.
I have tried different combinations of the 2 CD drives and HD's I have. Errors seems to be consistent when switching between them, but I have tried so many different things it's hard to tell at this point.
I reseated the RAM, and tried moving it to another slot. No help. Also, I booted up memtest+ and let it run for about 8 hours (it went through the cycle of tests about 20 times), and it found zero errors.
The Windows XP Pro CD I am using is just about brand new, and doesn't appear to have any scratches.

I have received a few other errors in some of the attempts I have been through as well. File copy errors (but these seem to have gone away after disabling DMA and lowering the ... Read more

A:Trouble Re-Installing Windows XP

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I'm trying to install Windows 8 Enterprise in my HP Pavilion PC currently running Windows 7 Ultimate. I successfully booted from windows cd but at the drive selection window, whenever I select a drive, there appears a message that your current disk is MBR and you need to convert it to GPT to continue the installation. So the installation can't proceed further.

I don't wanna loose my hard disk data to convert it to GPT and I know that its also not necessary to have a GPT type disk for installation as i have seen many other MBR disks running Windows 8 in them....

Plz help me to find a way out so that I can have Win 8 installed in my pc.....

A:Trouble installing Windows 8.......

Hi and welcome to TSF please see the info here Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk - Windows 7 Support Forums

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I've recently built a new computer with these components:
Intel Core i5 25000K 3.3Ghz Box Socket 1155
Zotac Geforce GTX470 - Asus Geforce GTX470
MSI P67A-GD65 83
Hard drive: Samsung 1Tb SATA II HD103SJ
DVD recorder LG GH22NS50 DVD-SATA 22X
FSP Aurum GOLD 700W
G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 2133

After putting it all together, I used a windows 7 installation DVD to try and install it with no avail. After reading several solutions to the problem I had I found this one:

Method 2: From a Windows install/repair disc
Boot into the install/repair disc and wait for it to load
Choose ?Repair my computer?
Select ?Command Prompt?

Type diskpart and press enter.
Enter list disk and note the number of the disk you want to install on.
Enter select disk n n is the number of the disk.
Enter list partition and note the number of the partition you want to install on.
Enter select partition n n is the number of the partition.
Enter active
You can now close the command prompt and re-attempt installation.

After I did this, every time I boot up the computer the windows logo screen is followed by a blank one with a cursor. I have tried safe mode but it didn't work.
Does anybody know how to fix this? It really frutrates me that by trying to solve a problem I created an entirely different one...
By the way, I am rather unskilled with computers, so don't rule out any solution, as simple as it would seem.

A:Trouble installing Windows 7

Hello Emilio200, welcome to Seven Forums!

As the HDD is fairly new and the Windows 7 install is fairly new also, perhaps if you clean the HDD using the clean and not the clean all command and then create a 100GB partition to do the clean install to it may help.

Have a look at this to boot to diskaprt.DISKPART : At PC Startup

Then use Step One of this one to run the clean and not the clean all as listed, the clean only over-writes the format configuration data and only takes seconds and the clean all over-writes the entire HDD and takes hours, and should not be necessary on a 'new' HDD.

Then use Step Two, either #2 or #3 to create and mark "Active" the partition(s) and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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My pc configuration -
Motherboard - Intel chipset 810
Ram - 128 MB SDRAM
Processor - 667 celeron
HDD - IDE Segate 10 GB
CD rom - 40x creative

while installing windows hdd reads/ writes very slow. I kept the machine on for whole night but still setup could not copy all the windows file. also hdd led remains on constantly.

A:Trouble installing windows 98 SE

Make sure you have DMA enabled in the BIOS setup for both the hard drive and CDROM. Test your hard drive.

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My laptop got a virus about a year ago that rendered it completely useless. A computer-savvy coworker of my mom's reinstalled Windows on it, and once we got it back, we didn't use it for several months. However, about a month ago, we decided to get the laptop back out. He had left a slip of paper on it with the activation key, but when I was prompted to enter it, the key was invalid. There's really no way I can get back into contact with the guy who fixed the computer, so my uncle gave me a Windows XP Pro SP3 installation CD with a new activation key. When I enter this key, it doesn't work, but he did tell me that I would need to reinstall Windows and then use the new activation key.
Problem is, 10 minutes ago, the CD drive on my laptop was working just fine, and I was able to get through the initial setup stage...until it prompted me to restart my computer. At that point, I got to the blue screen where Windows is supposed to continue installation, but got a message saying that the CD was not found. Now my CD drive is not only not being recognized, but I can't open it either; it's just not working.
There's very little I can do with this laptop right now, because it's asking for an activation key and everything (with the exception of the internet, it seems) is pretty much on lockdown.
Please help! I'm at a loss for what to do.

A:Having trouble installing Windows XP Pro

May want to call Microsoft on that one.....generally it's pretty difficult to swap OS's and have the key's still work. You may need to purchase a valid copy and reinstall from that.

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I had to rebuild my machine, formatted the hard drive and began to re-install Windows 7 x64. After Windows reboots the system, it continues trying to finish the install, but then blue screens with a ntfs.sys error and 'page fault in nonpaged area' and setup never completes. It just goes through an endless look that it was restarted unexpectedly and Windows installation cannot proceed. Any ideas? Some type of driver that I'm missing in the install?

It's a custom built PC, GIGABYTE motherboard with 4 hard drives in RAID 10. I'm not sure the exact specs as I didn't built it myself, but it was working with Windows 7 x64 until this morning.

A:Trouble installing Windows 7 x64 SP1

There is no ntfs.sys in the boot process for Win7. That was last used for XP. You need to understand that the entire boot process changed with Win 7. Normally there will be two partitions, a small, hidden one which contains a a few system files and a boot process based upon a database. Then the OS is a second partition.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/windows-7-new-install-part-1.htm explains it all.

There are other possible complications if you have a later hard drive than SATA, or a RAID setup (you do), or a solid state drive SSD or a UEFI bios with GPT partitions - we'll go there if we have to. With a brand new motherboard, you might do.

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Ok, first of all English is not my first language so this message might be a little confusing, but I'll try my best.
So, I have a MacBook Pro and I decided to install Windows in it with Boot Camp. The installation was Ok, but after installing it, it said I had to activate before being able to actually use it. But, because I hadn't logged on yet I couldn't use the internet because I still didn't install the drivers. So, looking on the internet I found out you don't need to activate by using Safe Mode. So, I used Safe Mode to log in and was going to install the drivers, but when I tried this message appeared "the system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation". I looked on google some solutions, but no luck. Well there is one on something called registry but they say that if I don't know what that is to not mess with it so... Can someone help me please? =/
Oh, and the telephone thing also didn't work because where I live there is no number ><

A:Trouble installing Windows XP

Hi and welcome to TSG.

I haven't used a MacBook myself so not entirely sure if it't exactly the same as normal, but for a standard WinXP installation you should still be able to logon to your normal account (that you created during installation) or the default admin account. You should be able to use Windows without any issues for 30 days before it is activated. That way you can install all your drivers etc and get your internet setup to do it.

Basically, you have 30 days to activate it, during that time you can use it as normal. After the 30 days, if you haven't activated it, it will stop working.

Hope that makes sense.

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