Windows Xp installation: help wanted

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  1. Icedtea

    Icedtea New Member

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    My buddy was using a copy of windows xp pro with an invalid cd key so he couldn't get security updates, so me being nice got him a valid cd key and proceeded to reinstall windows on his comp for him.

    So I put the valid disc in followed by a full reformat. It runs through setup off the cd no problem, then once it boots from the HD and pulls up the Windows XP startup screen the status bar runs left to right 4 or so times then it freezes. I've tried both a winxp home and a pro disc and it does the same thing. And now I'm officially stumped.

    Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    -Tea
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You used a valid cd with a valid cd key?

    You could try wiping the drive with the utility from the hard drive manufacturer.
     
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    Icedtea New Member

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    Ya, valid MS disc, and it freezes before you can put the key in (which is valid as well)
     
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    Is it installed on only ONE machine and in accordance with the EULA?
     
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    Its formatted and then the setup files from the cd install then it boots from the hard drive and freezes at the win xp logo screen before windows can even be authenticated with a cd key.
     
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    you did not answer my question. Essentially you have told me that no, this is not a legal install.
     
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    Its a legal install, turns out it's a compatibility issue with the disc because the disc has sp2 on it. we tried a disc without sp2 and it works fine now, 3 hours later.
     
  8. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    How old is the PC? Maybe a BIOS update would have let XPSP2 install OK.
     
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    Icedtea New Member

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    Ya I'm not sure at this point. We're gonna just try to update it to sp2 with the MS updates and hope for the best. He had sp2 on it before so hopefully there won't be any issues.
     
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    how would you go about getting around that? i've only had it stall on me once, working on a system, but zero-ing out the drive fixed the problem

    do you have to load special dell drivers or something?
     
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    few possible ways..

    easyest way is to slipstream the drivers into the windows install and thats really the only way im going to tell you how to do because im fucking lazy..

    copy your windows cd to C:\XP ( open my computer and drag everything to that new folder )

    run 'nLite' and made a unmanned install from that folder

    where you can add drivers download them from dells website and extract them with winrar

    burn disk install


    other problem could be memory (ram) or you bios
     
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    This has NOTHING to do with his problem.

    You know, wasn't it you that was making an ass out of someone a couple days ago cause you didn't think there response had anything to do with anything?
     
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    Yeah, this was the exact problem. We tried to boot it in safe mode and as soon as it hit mup.sys it froze every time.
     
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    It's fine I was just ignoring him. He would rather just assume that I'm stealing them and not that they're valid keys/cd's that I got through my work.

    I'd take pictures of them but I'm lazy and don't care.
     

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