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Problem Installing XP Home SP1

Q: Problem Installing XP Home SP1

I have reinstall XP Home SP1 on my computer and activated it. I am now attempting to install SP1a so I can get the Windows Updates, but there seems to be a problem with connecting to the Internet using whatever IE I have, so cannot download the SP1a.
So I installed SP2 which I had download earlier and was able to install and use Firefox which proved there was noting wrong with my Internet connection, but I still cannot use IE to download any other Windows Updates.
Has anyone got any idea what can be causing the problem. It is after all a completely clean install with nothing else installed.

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A: Problem Installing XP Home SP1

If your installation of XP included SP1 you already have it installed.  There is no SP1A, the service packs are SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4.
You already have SP2 installed, try downloading SP3 next.

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Hi I have been trying to install XP Home for more than rediculously 6 hours now. Please help me out.
Specs:Motherboard - MSI KT4 ULTRA-SR (MS6590)
CPU: AMD XP 2400+
Video: ATI Radeon 9700
Sound: SB Audigy
HD: 80G Western Digital
OEM CDRW Drive on 2ndary Master and OEM DVD Drive on 2nd Slave

At first, CD booted when XP Setup was formating HD, blue screen came up and had error message: Stop: 0x0000007E. at about 20% formating.

Then, I rebooted with CD and tried again, at about 33% formating another blue screen came up: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.

So 3rd time, I booted then started setup by pressing F5 and picking "Standard PC", no more crashes, BUT, originally said 39 Minutes Left for Installation, took about 4 hours and is still going now.

Watching the minutes go by the timer on setup program moved like turtle. I patiently waited until "Registering Components" part, then another error came up: INF Install Failure. Reason: the parameter is incorrect. . Thou it didnt stop the installation progress. It still feels terrible.

The progress bars on each step installation just doesnt move fast at all!

Anyways, please help analyze whats the problem. What can i do to test the hardwares?

Thank You

A:Problem Installing XP Home. Please Help

First thing I would try is different RAM if you have access to any. Or if you have multiple sticks try with one and then the other.

If no access try lowering the latency.

XP can be particular about RAM, especially during initial load. Often if it is RAM you can put your original configuration back after you get it loaded.

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Me and my friend just built a computer, he bought the upgrade to xp home so I had to install win 98 then upgrade from there. Well the installation went perfectly until he had to log on for the first time. The computer locked up once he began moving the mouse and changing settings, when we restart the desktop boots up and stays running until you begin moving the mouse. I think it may be the power supply. But I'll let you decide. Here are the specs:

CPU AMD 4600 2.4
Video Card ATI x1950 pro 512mb
RAM Ocz 1 gb ati certified ddr 800
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar SE 200GB 7200 RPM
Power supply rosewell 450 watt
Motherboard MSI K9VGM-V Socket AM2 VIA K8M890 Micro ATX AMD
Dvd rw rom drive...

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i thought my directx9c was corrupted so i decided to uninstall it and now i'm trying to reinstall 9c, but why am i getting this stupid error

A:[XP Home] problem installing directx 9c

Hi chris j11

What made you think that your installation of DirectX was corrupt in the first place? (more likely a video driver, or a software bug in your program, was the balky culprit).

Anyway, the damage is done. If your third-party DirectX uninstaller program truly uninstalled DirectX (which Microsoft does not support), just visit Windows Update to get the most recent version.

The error you are receiving looks to be because the third-party uninstaller program is running, and the DirectX file you are trying to install is not signed. A valid DirectX file really ought to have a valid signature - I wouldn't trust one that isn't (it could be compromised).

Remember that you must be logged in with Administrative rights to either visit Windows Update or install/uninstall software.

Try Windows Update, & if that doesn't work, try a System Restore back to a date when DirectX 9c was happily installed the first time [Start/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore].

See if that does it.
. . . Gary

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hello i am new to this forum. its great.
i searched for this problem but i couldnt found it. i read the re-install thread but i didnt saw the same problem.

i have a medion computer. with the computer i got windows home edition. now i want to install windows on my computer but there are some problems. the CD is not the problem because on a friends computer the same CD worked great.

i boot my computer and this is how it goes:
here is everything fine.

now i need to press enter. and here starts the problem. nothing happens.
enter,R,F3 ......nothing works. nothing.
so i tryed the same windows on another computer and it worked. i tryed illegal windows on my computer and they worked.
only this CD on my computer doesnt work.

did someoen have teh same problem?

thank you for your help.

A:problem installing XP home edition

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My laptop's hdd overheated and fried so I purchased a new one (120gb toshiba IDE). After inserting my OEM Windows XP Home CD (Inspiron 8600), I get halfway through the installation when I get a message saying it can't find a couple of files from SP2. My OEM version doesn't have SP2 since it wasn't released yet when I bought the computer, and my hdd was manufactured last year, after SP2 was released. What should i do?

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i thought my directx9c was corrupted so i decided to uninstall it and now i'm trying to reinstall 9c, but why am i getting this stupid error

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So, the problem is I insert the copy of Winxp into my DVD and it starts installing and everything goes smoothly,(does the formation,install 100% no errors) after that I'm asked to reboot the comp so that the next part of the installation could start, but after I've rebooted the comp it starts the installation from the very beginning.

A:Problem installing WinXP Home into new PC

Hi and welcome to TSF.
When it restarts you will get a message along the lines of "Press any button to boot from CD". Did you press a button at this stage?

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Hi everyone,

I know similar problems have been discussed in this and other forums, but I can't seem to find a working solution. Let me first start in giving the specs of the system I bought:

- Gigabyte GA-K8NF9 Ultra Mobo with nForce4 Ultra Chipset
(http://www.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/Products/Products_GA-K8NF9 Ultra.htm)
- AMD Athlon64 3200+ Venice core
- 1Gb Kingston DDR Dual Channel
- ASUS EN6600SIL/TD 128Mb
- Western Digital 160 Gb SATA-II (WD1600JS)
- NEC ND4550 Dual-layer DVD
- NEC Floppy-drive

The problem is that on installation of windows XP Home Edition (incl. SP1A) the hard disk isn't reecognized and therefore setup is closed. I've already tried installing both the nForce4 SATA driver provided by Gigabyte and the SI3112 SATA drivers provided by Western Digital through the F6 pre-install. I also checked if SATA was enabled in the bios. Right now, I'm at a loss on how to continue... Can anyone help me with this?

A:Problem installing win xp home ed. on new system

Be sure you're using the Driver Disk from Giga-byte.

When setup prompts for you to insert the disk, does it recognize and load the driver properly (no errors)?
Check that the SATA cable is securely attached and that power is appropriately supplied. Some drives require both Molex and SATA power to operate if they have both connectors.

You can also try updating your BIOS.

Also note that the Nvidia driver disk on giga-byte's website is for WinXP 64, you may need to use the Intel or Uli Driver disks

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To start at the beginning: some laggy computer instances lead me to decide to replace my crappy seagate hdd with a solid state. I got a Samsung 840 Pro (256 gig). I was going to reuse my Windows key, the OS being Windows 7 Home Premium.
Rather than research to see if I first needed to deactivate the os/key on my old seagate, I took the easy route and decided I would just install the new ssd alongside the old hard drive (dont know if that's part of the reason for the problem...I can never even get to the screen where it says to input the key, where I thought the problem may be.)
It installs some files, restarts, gives a quick message about doing something with the registry, then promptly gives me this message "windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to resume configuration, restart the computer." This obviously don't work. I tried reformatting the drive multiple times, but no go. My computer DOES see the drive though.
Another strange occurance- after that failed, I said "screw the solid state!" And to use my computer til I figured out the issue, booted from my old, working OS on the other drive. It very quickly gives me a stop c000021a error. It definitely did not like me trying to install windows 7 on another drive. Any help to get EITHER drive up and running would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:Problem installing Home Premium on SSD

For starters, you can rest assured that your problems are not caused by the activation key issue.
One would be inclined to believe that your installation media is corrupt, or if it is a DVD, maybe the player's laser eye is dirty.
The Samsung  840 is a very good SSD and is highly unlikely to be the cause of the problems.
When you install a new system, you must have only one hard drive connected or the MBR could easily find itself on the wrong hdd and you'd soon find out that it's dependent on the other drive, ie: if you remove the 2nd drive, the system will no longer boot.
Furthermore, it's safer to not have the second drive in there in case you mistakenly wipe it out when you're at the point of installation where you choose which drive/partition to install to.
If you'd like to first get the old hard drive going, use your installation media to the second page that it stops at, where you are offered to proceed to an installation or go to Repairs.
Repairs is what you would want and everything is self explanatory when you get in there and typically, the computer will automatically try to repair the start up part of the system.
If that doesn't work, you can reboot again into repairs and try a restore point to get it up and running again.

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Hi - using the Microsoft CD provided with my Dell Dimension 8200 I am unable to install XP Home addition on a Dell GX240. The installation appears to work perfectly, with no error messages, and nothing unusual. After the installation is complete, XP tries to boot, the Home Edition splash screen displays, then the screen goes blank and stays blank. Using the keyboard and mouse have no effect.

Some background: I purchased the GX240 from the company I work for. It was working well prior to my purchase. Before bringing it home, the company required that I boot it with a "wipe-out" diskette that removes everything from the hard drive. However when the initial Dell screen appears it still shows the company name, and when I use F2 to view the bios information there is an uneditable tag number. Could the bios settings be preventing XP from starting properly?

Thanks for any suggestions,

- mestran

A:problem installing XP Home Edition

Hi mestran

Dell CDs are keyed to the Bios on the motherboard in most of their systems. You can only use that license for the computer it shipped with.

A retail XP CD should install fine, if you erase the hard drive first. XP Home has been on sale at some stores as low as $40 or $50, now that Vista has been released.

Best of luck
. . . Gary

[P.S. ... a no-cost solution might be to see if your company's IT department will install XP for you - they should, since they sold you the otherwise unusable system.]

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Until yesterday, XP Home was working fine on my home-built PC (info below). However, I picked-up a trojan embedded in the installer file for the newest version of CDBurnerXP Pro . Bit Defender saw it before it could do any harm (??) but could not remove it !! I had no other option but to format the HD and start over. XP would not format the drive, so I used MaxBlast to zero-out the entire drive.

Now the problem I'm having is with the XP install routine. Windows goes along fine until the 'selecting, creating and formating partitions' stage. Here, no matter what choices I make, Windows prompts for a "SP 2 CD" . SP 2 is on the install disc I'm using but the Windows installer can't seem to see it (this did NOT happen during the initial XP installation) . On this screen, only "Enter" (confirming SP 2 CD is loaded) and "Exit" (quit the installation) are given as choices and "Enter" is grayed-out.

I have tried the following methods :
1. Pre-partitioning and formating for NTFS using MaxBlast. Windows starts the installation but prompts as above.
2. Clearing the partition table with MaxBlast and letting Windows handle the partitioning/formating tasks. Both "quick" and "full" formating methods tried with the same results as above.

System info :
1. Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2 (Upgrade disc) . I have an install disc for Win98SE which the Windows XP installer accepts.
2. AMD X2 4200+ CPU
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A:Strange Problem Re-installing XP Home

Hi Daboo
You need to install Win 98 first befor you can install Win XP ( Upgrade)

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Hi all,

I've been trying to reinstall Windows XP Home on my sister's computer (the thing is loaded with viruses, spyware, etc.) and it's frozen at "33 Minutes" on the "Installing Devices" screen. I was an idiot and tried to do a "repair," but now I'd rather just format the drive (it's an NSTU). The thing is, I can't get back to the screen that offers formatting as an option. I've removed all hardware from the tower except the power cord, monitor cord and keyboard. I've used the task manager to close anything non-essential. Everything I've done (booting from CD, accessing BIOS controls, trying to run Safe Mode) leads me back to the Setup, which inevitably sticks. How can I format this machine and start from scratch?



A:Problem Installing WinXP Home

clear the drive with dban then format and install

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i just built a new computer and everything works fine, bought a new microsoft windows xp cd.. And i cant install xp.. when i boot computer it says master boot record error press a key, when i press key it says boot from atapi cd rom: disk boot failure,insert system disk and press enter. Ive tried making a boot floppy from my current computer by right clicking on 3 1/2 floppy format ms dos startup but that doesnt do anything can someone please help me.

A:problem installing xp home edition

First things first: Go into your BIOS and change the boot order to: CD-ROM (optical drive), Floppy, Hard Drive, Network Boot.

Then, get yourself a Windows 98 boot disk http://www.mirrors.org/archived_soft...1/boot98se.exe and use it to boot the system.
If that works, boot with the XP cd and see if it will install.

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Hey guys, this may look too long, but please read

I ran into a spot of bother tonight, trying to get rid of XP and bring in a fresh copy of Vista Home Premium x86

OK, so I boot from CD, all is good, I format my partition C, and it begins installing.

After it finishes installing, the computer restarts itself and then brings up the black screen with all the full stops, saying, "Please wait while Windows starts for the first time."

After this screen though, my monitor turns itself off and I can't do anything.

I have tried this with a CRT monitor and an LCD. Same thing happens.

This has also happened to me when I tried to install Ubuntu 64-bit. The screen just turned off and I was stuck, so I had to put XP back on.

Now I have tried swapping graphics cards as well, no luck. (Tried putting in my old 8500GT, as opposed to my 9600GT.)

When I try to start in safe mode, I get to the part where 'Safe Mode' is displayed on each corner, then a popup box says "Windows cannot complete installation in Safe Mode".

Any help would be great. I'm not going back to XP, as I just bought Vista and wanna use it dammit!!

Intel Core 2 Quad - Q6600
4 gig RAM
Gigabyte P35 DS3 MoBo
GeForce 9600GT

My two hard drives are pretty old. Not sure what they are exactly.
All I know is that one's a Samsung 200gb.

Thanks for reading


A:Problem Installing Vista Home Premium

please anyone?

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Hi I'm trying to install Windows XP HOME on a brand new SeaGate 120 gig harddrive. This is exactally what I did.

I created a windows 98 bootdisk from bootdisk.com to create a partition. I put the bootdisk in the computer and I also put the Windows XP CD in as well. After I get to MS-DOS I typed in "fdisk" First thing that it ask me is:

"Do you want to enable large disk support?" Click to expand...


- Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive
- Create Primary DOS paritition
- Veritfying Drive integrity

" Do you want to use the maximum available size for Primary DOS Partition and make the partition active?" Click to expand...

Then it ask me to reset the computer for it to take into effect. After I get back to MS-DOS I type in
- E:\> I386\winnt

"Setup need to know where the Windows XP files are located. Enter the path where the Windows files can be found"Click to expand...

- E:\
- I hit 'enter'
- Then 'enter' once again

Then this is where my problems is, I don't know what to do.

Windows XP requires a hard drive volume withat least 383 megabytes of free disk space. Setup will use part of this space for storing temporary files during installation. The drive must be on a permanently attached local disk support by Windows SP and must not be a compressed drive

Setup was unable to locate such a drive with the required amount of free space. Setup cannot continue.Click to expand...

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A:Solved: Installing Windows XP HOME Problem

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I've been trying to install Service Pack 1 on my Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit system for the last week or so without any joy. I have tried numerous solutions from installing all the current windows updates to performing a full system format - all of which have failed. I'll list below the steps i have already performed together with the recent CBS log.
1) Performed a full memory test with memtest68 for approx 5hrs - No errors found!
2) Performed a disk check with Western Digital Life Guard utility and also windows CHKDSK
3) I have run SFC with full administrator privileges and mostly i receive the following message: Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation. I repeat the SFC until no violations have been found.

4) I Have run the system Readiness Tool and also installed the 64 bit KB2454826, KB2533552 & KB2534366
5) I have performed several formats. My system as it stands now is completely bare except several windows updates & the Readiness Tool. No Antivirus is currently installed.
6) I have run the Windows Update Diagnostic which gives me the following errors no matter how many times i run the tool: Windows Update Error 0x80070057 (Not Fixed). Problems installing recent updates (Not fixed). Check for missing or corrupted files (Detected). Some security settings are missing or have been changed (Fixed). Service registration is missing or corrupt (Fixed)

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A:Problem Installing SP1 - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit


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I tried installing my MS Office Home and Student 2007 on my new Windows 8 computer. The installation seemed successful, but I cannot locate MS Word 2007. On the Windows 8 Start screen there are images/icons for Excel 2007, Power Point 2007, One Note 2007, but not for Word 2007. I double clicked on the Excel 2007 image and it opened up the program OK. However, I cannot find Word 2007. I also looked in Windows Explorer and cannot find the Office Home and Student 2007 files. I would be grateful if someone could tell me how to find Word 2007 on my Windows 8 computer. It seemed to have been installed successfully (from the install disk), but I simply cannot find it. Thank you for any help.


A:Problem installing MS Office Home and Student 2007 on 8

Hi there
First check that you DID select word at install time (or simply uninstall and re-install).

Then on Windows start screen simply type Word and you should see it.

You can then click Pin to taskbar to get a quick link. To pin to desktop select open file location and on the file location simply select send to desktop (create short cut).


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Hey, I have a PC all built and everything with specs:
1GB DDR2 Ram
Nvidia 570 Ultra Motherboard
Nvidia 8800 GTS
AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+ 2.2 Ghz
320GB Serial ATA HDD

The case has 3 fans and stays super cool.

Under BIOS everything is detected and such.

But the problem is when i put the Vista disc into my drive it goes past the loading files part then it just stays on the actual loading screen forever and doesn't budge. Any Ideas?

N.B There is mo onboard graphic card but there is only an onboard sound card

A:Solved: Problem Installing Vista Home Premium 32bit OEM

Oh also another thing, this is a custom built PC with basically everything new except the DVD RW Drive which is salvaged off my old PC.

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I'm having a problem getting a USB Bridge Cable to install a driver called usbbc.sys to recognize the USB Data cord. So far I found the following information, but don't know how to apply it in Windows 7, if possible. I know it's an older data cable, but I thought I could use it to transfer some data and ran into a dead end. Can anybody help me?

; Revision: Rev. 1.00
; Date: 2000.4.27
; Author: Sam Kuo
; Copyright (c) 1998-2001 Prolific Technology Inc.

ClassGuid = {36fc9e60-c465-11cf-8056-444553540000}

%Mfg% = Pro

%Wdm1%=Wdm1.Install, USB\VID_067B&PID_0000

; Windows 98




; Windows 2000



AddService = Wdm1, %SPSVCINST_ASSOCSERVICE%, Wdm1.Service

DisplayName = %Wdm1.ServiceName%
ServiceBinary = %10%\System32\Drivers\usbbc.sys

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A:Solved: USB Driver Problem Installing to Windows 7 Home Premium

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When I try and install Office Home and Student 2007 I get an error box

Setup did not complete successfully. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

An error occured during the installation and setup was unable to complete

A log file is generated which the last part shows:-
Error: CoCreateInstance failed HResult: 0x80040154.
Catalyst execution finished: 08/12/2008 22:51:16. Return code: 30023.
Exception caught: HResultOnly.
PERF: TickCount=4400390 Name=RunSetup Description=End function

I am running MS XP SP2 on a AMD 64x2

Thanks in advance for your help

A:Solved: Problem installing Office Home and Student 2007

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I am having HP pavilion DV2122tu LapTop.Which comes with windows XP media centre.
I had installed a clean copy of windows Vista home premium by using using upgrade utility disc and operating disc provided by HP.
Every thing went alright but after installing windows vista home premium. I came to know that my inbuilt Hp webcam icon missing and i am not able to use it further.
in addition to this HP quick play icon also missing from program list and even not working through quck play keys provided at top of key board.
another problem which i found recently is when i connect headphone to the socket provided for the same sound comes from both headphone and laptop speakers.
Rest were fine with Windows Vista regarding Speed and features.I am satisfied with performance of vista and want to stick withn it if all of the above get solved.

The deatails of my laptop are:

Model: HP Pavilion dv2122tu
Processor: core2duo t5200, 1.6GHz
RAM: 1.5 GB
Graphics Card: 128 MB

if anyone can provide me the solution for the problems stated above.please do reply.

A:Problem after installing a clean copy of Vista home premium from Windows media centre

Could be hardware compatibility issue. You should call HP and see if there are any incompatibilities in vista that is related to your Webcam.


What version of quickPlay was is it? QP version 2.3 is only XP compatible. Vista is only compatible with version 3.0 or later, therefore if the version you have is below this then an upgrade is required.

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I have a question in regards to re-installing XP Home.

I have a sluggish PC which has a cluttered registry, and it was recommended to me that apart from upgrading my PC's RAM, that I re-install XP. I've been given two options - the first, from Microsoft, who can send out a replacement XP Home CD so that I can re-install the software and two, from Compaq, who have said that I don't need the CD and have offered to walk me through re-instating the factory settings on my notebook.

Is there any option that would be better than the other? What is the difference between the two?

Any help would be much appreciated!

A:Re-installing XP Home

You can ignore my post above, I'm a dumbass. I've read a bit more about it, and I know you need an XP Home CD regardless of the type of re-install you're doing.

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Hi, ive just upgraded my old computer and now i need to install my windows xp home again. One problem, i cant find my Xp disk.
I have my product key so is there anyway i can get it installed?

A:Installing Xp Home

What exactly do you mean by "Upgraded"?

If you installed a new hard drive you can migrate what was on the old one to the new one using the software that came with the new hard drive.

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I recently purchased a used Dell desktop pc which had XP Home installed (previously) and has a COA certificate for XP Home on the case. I have tried burning the following files to a cd but it will not boot. I used Nero to burn the disk. The boot order is correct with cd first. These files were said to be bootable. Does not boot.

Would someone please help me? I know I must be doing something wrong but I am new to this and I am lost. The files were said to be Dell reinstall or recovery iso(?) but I am not even sure what that means. I have read many articles but most just confuse me more.

Please remember that I am a newbie in this situation and write with that in mind.

Thank you in advance for your help and consideration.

A:re-installing XP Home

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ok ive installed a new motherboard, processor, HDD, ram etc - done a bit of an upgrade...

i was told during the windows setup, when asked, press F6 to install some RAID drivers or something. That's fine, but I don't know what files I'm supposed to put onto the floppy!!!

motherboard: gigabyte GA-81945P Pro


A:installing XP home

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Hi. This is probably a really simple problem.

We have a computer that runs on XP Home. I want to install XP Pro on it. I've done this loads of times on other computers - thought I don't remember the details, what I would normally do is boot into DOS with CD-Rom support using a boot disk. However, this time it's to a computer without a floppy drive.

I did find a bootdisk on the net and was able to boot with CD-Rom support. However, when I try running XP Pro's setup, it says it can't run in DOS mode.

This is a little frustrating. I've done this all before, but some step I normally take is eleuding me. What am I not doing?

If anyone can tell me what to do here, I'd appreciate it.


A:Installing XP Pro over XP Home

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I have an HP xt993 computer with Win XP Home edition and it has crashed. I'm thinking harddrive. If I install a new harddrive, can I use a friends XP home edition disk and enter my product ID from the side of my case to reinstall it? Of course, dummy me didn't make recovery disks when I received the computer and HP didn't send any, so am I screwed???? Any help appreciated.

A:Installing Win XP Home

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I have been sold a computer with XP PRO on it. I've come to find out that its not legit. Can I install a legit copy of XP Home over top? Keep in mind I'm no "Bill Gates" here. Limited in knowledge and computer confidence.

A:installing xp home over xp pro?

i wouldn't recommend over the top but a clean install, saving what you need in the way of docs/pics/address book/etc.

enter bios as the manchine boots by a key stroke you'll see on the screen.
make sure the cd is the 1st boot device, boot to the cd, follow the prompts for a full install and remove, then create any partitions, format and you have a copy of home.

add the docs/pics/etc

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I need some help with re-installing XP Home on my machine without me having the disk to re-install the OS and the drivers. Is there someway how? Thanks

A:Re-Installing XP Home

System manufacturer and model?

Why do you want to reinstall or restore to factory defaults?


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I had xp home edition on my other computer. I tried to add a slave HD to it today and then I never could get it to re-boot. I decided to format the drive and re-install windows xp on it. I don't use it except for trying to do things with it. Anyway, I went through the entire thing and told it to format the partition etc. Then tried to re-install. It just keeps going around and around. After it re-boots the first time it starts all over. I have been doing this now for a couple hrs and re-starting in over and over. What am I doing wrong?????

A:installing xp home

If I'm reading this right it sounds like you are booting from the win xp cd after it re-boots, so consequently you start the whole process again. When it re-boots next time you might see a message to press any key to boot from cd. Well don't, let it boot to the hard drive with the files it should have loaded to install xp.
You still need to leave the xp cd in the drive though to finish the installation.

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Recently I purchased a new Western Digital 120Gb 7200rpm drive due to my old drive crashing. I installed it according to the instructions, and started up the computer. I used the Western Digital software to set up the disk, and like the instructions said, inserted my XP cd and rebooted. I got the screen about "press any key to boot from cd.....
when I press any key, the computer reboots, and the same screen comes up again. This will continue until I physically turn the computer off.

I am able to install '98 with no problem, and also have an XP upgrade which I have used in the past with no problem. Even the upgrade CD won't install anymore. The machine simply reboots each time I am told to press any key and continues to do this.

What should I do? Is this a BIOS problem? Could the Western Digital utility have written some improper code to my bios and ruined it?

Please help!!!

A:installing XP home

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I have a HP compaq nx6130 laptop - it didn't come with the XP home setup disks (like all other pc's), and I am wondering if there is a method of either transferrring the files from Microsoft site that are (floppy disk files of the XP home setup) or perhaps copying the files from a computer that has XP home edition on it and copy it to the cd-rw drive. As neither computers don't have a floppy drive.


So basically, I don't have the XP disk, but want to create the disk using the files i have on my system and transfer them over to a cd, then boot the computer and with the cd, run the xp home setup.

A:Installing XP Home

Contact HP and get the required disks for recovery from them. They HP just lost a law suit about not providing the software for the recovery disks and your computer might be one that is on the list, and if it is then you get them for just shipping and handling. All you got to do is wait until they arrive and you are legal.

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Hi all,

I use XP Home edition on my computer at home, but I'd like to use XP Pro. Is it possible to easily install XP Pro over the top of XP Home and keep all my programs/ data intact at the same time?

Any forseeable problems, like licence code issues etc etc?


A:Installing XP Pro over the top of XP home?

You will have to purchase a copy of pro for the system but other than that, no licensing issues.

Upgrading is pretty simple. Just boot into windows, put in the pro cd and follow the prompts.

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I have 200 gig hard drive. I've already made big mistake and had to reinstall OS. I have xp home & upgrade to xp pro.

Now I've learned that I really should partition HD.

Here's my delima....when I did this before...I allowed that blaster worm to get into system...took me week to get rid of it.

I would like to go back and partition my hd 1/2 but don't know how to do and keep worm out.

Also my cd/dvd hardware doesn't seem to be working properly, I'm wondering if I did something wrong with install, it will read program cds to install software...but won't read cd's to back up with the 'backup my pc software' any suggestions?

A:re installing win xp home

Just search for the blaster worm patch and that should take care of it
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Thanks for reading this....

I have a Gateway 7320GZ laptop with an XP Home COA sticker. I bought it new with XP Home installed. I run current Kaspersky AV on it and somehow it got into a really wierd state that could not be solved. I had to wipe it clean and install a new OS. I cannot find my original disks that came with the computer so I had a copy of XP Pro which I installed with no problems, got the drivers from Gateway's site and off I went.

I want to have an authentic OS so I want to install XP Home "over" XP Pro and use my original COA. Problem is, I don't have the install disks that came witht he computer. Can anyone help me with a source for XP Home that I could install and use my original COA?


CB in NC

A:Installing XP Home

http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Gatewa...GZ/4430sl.shtmlIf you want replacement disks...I'd suggest contacting Gateway.Louis

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I just installed xp pro on the 2nd partition of a pc that has xp home on the first partition. I think I forgot to use the upgrade option and none of the settings were transferrred to pro. Also, I can't boot into home anymore. I get the option to just after POST, but it just reboots if I select xp home. Is there a way to copy the user settings and installed programs to xp pro without being able to boot to xp home. The programs, files, and looks like everything else is still available ithrough win explorer.

A:installing xp pro over xp home

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What factors slow down the installation? because im doing a reformat and my computer is going waaaay slower than normal to even load setup for xp

A:Installing XP Home SP2

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A guy at work needs a clean install of xp home on a laptop but typically did not create any backup discs.

I have obtained a retail copy of xp home and thought i could just enter the licence key of the laptop but its saying invalid key.

Is there any way round this, we have a valid licence but no disc.



A:installing xp home

The product Key on the laptop will only work on a OEM installation disc . . not with a Retail version.

What Brand is the pc? Many have a restoration feature that will restore the pc to the state is was shipped.

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I recently took on the job of fixing a friends Dell Dimension 2200. He bought a new one so I have a new toy to play with. Folks give me their old PC,s when they buy new ones. I fix them if possible with my limited knowledge in the art of "The Golden Screwdriver".

The hard drive was corrupted. Got everything back in working order except the sound card. It was not in the board when I Installed Win XP. Now I put the card in and the machine recognizes it and says it is working properly but this is not so.

I get no sound except a hum in the speakers. I have tried other speakers and still the same. I have tried the diagnostic prog to no avail.

Could it be that the card should have been in when I re-installed Win XP????

and.......should I start over (re-install XP) with the card in the slot????

In device manager it says the device is working properly.

And when I put a CD in the CD player and use Win Media Player it show the progress as the song plays and even the visualizations are working, but still no sound at all. No sound at all from the PC speaker on reboot either.

Thanks in advance for any info


A:Re-installing Win Xp Home Ed.

It's doubtful you need to reinstall XP. It doesn't matter that the card wasn't in when you installed the OS.

First, make sure the sound card drivers are installed properly.
Second, make sure the card is seated in the PCI slot properly.
Third, try a different PCI slot.
Last, try a new sound card.

I'm thinking first or last will fix it.

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Is this possible?

I recall getting a similar option while using a Vista Ultimate DVD. I could install any version of Vista I wanted if I had a valid license...

So, what if I enter a valid XP Home license number while installing from a Pro CD?

A:Installing XP Home via XP Pro cd-rom

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I have a Sata 1TB hard drive that I want to install in my system because the ide hard drive that's in it only has 120gbs of space and is running out of space. Can someone please help me with the formatting of this? I am not familar with this system to that aspect to formatting the new HD.the hd is already installed but I having trouble determining what to do. I want to use it as an extra drive without having the OS on it! What are the steps to get it recognized in my computer as a drive? This is my second computer Asus-M4A785TD-V EVO with 6GB Kingston HyperX 1600 ram,Phenom II X4 925 processor,120GB WD HD (IDE),LiteOn iHAS324 multi-drive,LiteOn iHBS112 Bluray Burner, Corsair 650W PSU.OS-Win.7HP 64bit

A:Installing second HD on Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit?

You will have to format the hard drive in Disk Management. For details take a look at this short video tutorial : http://www.top-windows-tutorials.com/format-hard-drive.html

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When I install windows xp home I get an error message saying:


The signature for Windos XP Home Edition Setup is invalid. The error code is fffffc0d.

The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc0d in the message file for syssetup.dll.

Fatal Error:

Setup failed to install the produt catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information

xxxClick to expand...

And then that all repeats itself exactly 5 times.

My Guess:
Is it possible since I am using a Dell Dimension 8400 the first hard drive I had was already ghosted with Windows XP Home, and the disc I received was JUST a repair disc and you cannot actually install from it? Because I just bouoght a new WD 160GB drive and replaced the old drive and changed the bis so it would oot from the new one.

My Guess at a Solution:
Buy a new OS disc and do a complete reinstall.

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I'm doing installing Windows XP home to essentially reformat.

I got to a place where I'm being asked to choose from...

Partition 1 (Fat) 31MB

C Partition 2 NTFS 72575 MB

E Partions 3 Fat32 3679 MB

Or add a new partition to C.

A:Which partition when installing XP Home?

You would install XP on the C partition, which will wipe out everything on C. It would be a good idea to format the C partition first.

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I posted this by mistake in the 98 section;

I just got Windows XP but when I try to install it and this error message pops up;

The installation source path specified to Setup is invalid. Contact your system administrator.

How do I solve this issue?

A:Installing XP Home Edition

Are you doing a clean install? Did you format your Hard Drive?

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I have Windows XP Home and received the SP1 CD from Microsoft. The CD is titled Windows XP Professional SP1. When I try to install it, IE 6 opens and I click on the hyperlink to install SP-1.

A dialog window opens titled Extracting Files and has the instruction within it, Verifying File XPS1. There is a progress bar and when it gets about half way, it stops the verification and another dialog box appears titled, Extraction Failed" with an instruction within the box "Incorrect Function".

A:WIndows XP Home Installing SP1

Here is the link to the Microsoft site for the service pack install


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