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WinXP won't load/install on Dell with Vista

Q: WinXP won't load/install on Dell with Vista

Dell Dimension E520

The machine came with Vista but it doesn't work with any of the applications that we need. We just went out and dropped the wad of cash on Windows XP and resized the hard drive with the Vista Disk Management.

When we boot into the WinXP cd, it loads all the drivers etc but when it gets to "Starting Windows XP" screen at the end of the driver loading (no graphics yet), it suddenly bluescreens and says to check for a virus or run a checkdisk. We tried this a number of times and its not working.

Due to the fact that nothing is set yet for installation, the WinXP disk should _not_ be even yet touching the hard disk, just loading into RAM. The machine is new and has 2GB of RAM on it, more than enough for an XP install.

Does anyone know what could be the issue? I am wondering if we have to find/install additional drivers at the initial XP disk loading, but I am not sure.

Worst of all this is costing us hundreds of dollars just because of Vista. We tried the VMWare image but that didn't work either (see )

Please, any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

A: WinXP won't load/install on Dell with Vista

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I am having a dell xps 210 with vista preinstalled. I am trying to install winxp and i get a msg error about adresses ? PLs advise

A:install winxp on a dell xps 210


Originally Posted by dorakakouri

I am having a dell xps 210 with vista preinstalled. I am trying to install winxp and i get a msg error about adresses ? PLs advise

Hello dorakakouri,

What is the error message that you are getting?

At what point are you getting the error?

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3.0GHz PIV HT 1MB cache 800FSB
Intel D865BGF motherboard
512 DDR-3200
PowerColor Radeon 9600 256DDR
Promise 100Ultra ATA card
MadDog 4.1 soundcard
NEC LAN/USB/Firewire card

3GB HDD Fujitsu NTSF (C)
120GB HDD Wester Digital NTSF (D)windows (E)
160GB HDD Wester Digital NTSF (F) (G)
1.5GB HDD FAT32 (I)
HT/LD CD-R DVD-ROM combo (H)
Windows XP Pro SP1

I think I accidently deleted something really important for me to get a "NTLDR is missing. Press ctrl+alt+del" when I tried to load windows.

I tried: fixmbr d:
fixboot d
copy cddrive:\i386\ntldr d\
copy cddrive:\i386\ d\

However my BIOS isn't even reading my 120 HDD where windows XP SP1 (D) is in. I think my master boot record is bad. I really want to recover it.

Another problem I have had prior is when I tried to install SP2, at the windows loading screen, it freezes. I tried it in safe mode, it freezes at the AGP440.sys file. I've done a clean install and can't seem to install SP2. The way I've installed WINXP PRO was: from WINXP PRO to SP1, then SP2. Then I tried installing WINXP with SP2 embedded in the installer, same problem.

A:Windows XP SP1 MTLDR Missing & WINXP SP2 will not load after install

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This post is related to the former question: "DellD530 Win7 upgrade..."
Thanks Philipp, pasxternik and ieee488 for your answers.
Unfortunately I first have the problem to install Vista again (has been installed before company changed it to WinXP) so that it can read the Certificate from the system (stored in BIOS or WinRegistry).
Where can I get a bootable ISO image for Vista (I found nothing in the internet that works)?
Thanks guys

A:Dell D530 with OS WinXP, Vista upgrade necessary

Thank you for writing to us!
Kindly use the following link which will give you all the information.

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Can I install WinXP Pro from older Dell laptop on to new Dell laptop?

I am using a Dell Inspiron 8200 right now and in order to save some money on my new Dell laptop, I'd like to order Home or MediaCenter with the new computer and then install WinXP Pro myself instead of paying the extra $119 to have them do it. I have a Reinstallation CD of WinXP Pro that came with the old Dell laptop; will I be able to use it to install WinXP Pro on my new one?


A:Can I install WinXP from older Dell laptop on to new Dell laptop?

probably not no. they are usually pretty good at stopping people install their restore discs onto different systems.

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The short version of my question is exactly what the topic says-- Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

But, here's the wordier version giving context, if anyone's interested.

About 10 months ago, I guess, I got a Dell Vostro that came with Windows Vista Home Basic. However, I had no interest in Vista (because I already had a Windows machine) and the very first thing I did was install Ubuntu on it. I still have the Vista reinstall disk, though, which, to my memory, hasn't been used.

Now I'm planning on getting a barebones system and upgrading what I see fit. For the time being, I'm going to use the Windows 7 RC, but I'd like to get the uber-great upgrade deal that they're having to pre-order either the Business or Home Premium version upgrade. So, to do that, I'd need an XP installation or a Vista installation. Is there any reason, legal or software-related, that I wouldn't be able to install Vista using that disk that came with the Vostro?

I heard somewhere that sometimes if you try, it'll say something like "This is not a Dell computer, you evil, evil person" and refuse to install, so I wanted to make sure before I pre-ordered the upgrade. I don't want to get the upgrade and have nothing to upgrade, of course.

A:Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

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Hi, I'm helping a friend who just bought a new laptop which has Win Vista installed. The stats are as follows:

Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Class: Pentium Dual-Core
Processor Number: T2060
Processor Speed: 1.6 GHz
Front Side Bus: 533 MHz
Mobile Technology: Other
L2 Cache Size: 1 MB
System Chipset: Intel 943GML Express
Memory Speed: PC2-4200 (533MHz)
Memory Type: DDR2-SDRAM
Installed Memory: 1 GB
Maximum Memory: 4 GB
Memory Slots Total: 2
Hard Drive Capacity: 120 GB

I'm thinking of installing Win XP so its familiar to him, and also installing the Office programs.

My question is, is it better to just wipe out the Vista partition and install XP, or give him the dual boot option? If you suggest the dual boot option, how would you recommend going about doing this?

A:Install WinXP in Vista Laptop?

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I have a Dell Optiplex 740 Desktop. You can run and install either Windows XP Professional or Ubuntu and it works fine. It will even boot from the Dell DVD for Windows XP Pro just fine.

When You try and boot up from the Vista Business DVD, it will not even load after you "press any key to boot from cd" I have tried this with 6 different Dell Vista versions I have and just a plain old Vista Installation DVD as well.

I have loaded up Windows XP and put the Vista DVD into the drive and it started Installation there just fine. The only thing is once it restarts, the computer goes past the BIOS screen and then cannot load Vista it just restarts. So the computer just constantly restarts and restarts, etc. Will not boot anything.

If you put the Windows XP Pro disc back in and reinstall Windows XP Pro it works like a Charm.

Dell even sent me a brand new hard drive with Windows Vista already installed on it and still my computer would not even boot up but just constantly restart after the bios loaded.

So if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

A:My Dell Optiplex 740 will not load Vista and Keeps Restarting

This also happens with Windows 7 as well.

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I've got a brand new Dell Inspiron e1705 that came with Windows Vista Home pre-installed. I want Windows XP instead.

I have an original Windows XP Pro CD-ROM that I tested on a different Dell laptop and the CD-ROM boots up fine and gets me to the first screen regarding the installation. So I know the actual CD media works.

When I boot-up off of the Windows XP CD on the e1705, I can see the drivers being loaded and then towards the end when it says "starting Windows XP ...", I get a blue screen of death with a pci.sys error message.

So, I'm thinking the original Windows XP Pro CD is missing some kind of driver, right? Any ideas? Here's the specs from Dell about my machine:

* Inspiron E1705, Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7200 (4MB/2.00GHz/667MHz)
* 17 inch UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-screen WUXGA, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
* 2GB, DDR2, 533MHz 2 Dimm, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
* Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950 GM, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
* 100GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive for Inspiron 9400/E1705
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, English
* Vista, PC-Restore, Dim/Insp
* Dell Support, Vista, Dim/Insp
* Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
* 8X DVD+/-RW Drive, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
* Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card (54Mbps), for Inspiron 9400/E1705
* Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module (2.0+EDR), Vista, for Inspiron 9400/E1705,6400/E1505XPS M1710

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Dell XPS 420-The old hard drive was freezing every 5 minutes and everything pointed to a crashing hard drive so I am replacing it. The original hard drive is a Western Digital 640GB SATA hard drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst. The new hard drive is a Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200.12. The disc I am using is the 'Reinstallation DVD Windows Vista Home Premium 64BIT SP1. The installation gets all the way to the end and the error message 'Windows setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer. I also have a Dell DVD with Drivers and Utilities 'for reinstalling Dell XPS desktop computer software'. I don't know what to do-any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

A:Replacing hard drive in Dell XPS 420-Vista will not load

and welcome to the Forum

Did that Reinstallation disc come with that pc?

You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

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I was reloaded a valid copy of winxp pro sp3 onto the hdd from my friend's pc. I took out the hdd and find out i am now dual booting winxp pro. I get a /system32 file error. Says its missing. I will put exact wording soon. I cannot go any further. Also the winxp pro won't boot unless the hdd is plugged into the pc. Please any help would be greatly appreciated. )

The error message i receive is...

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
<Windows root> \system32\hal.dll
please re-install a copy of the above file

A:Loaded winxp pro onto different hdd now can't load winxp home on different hdd

Welcome to TSG!

So if I'm following, you took a hard drive from your friend's PC, installed it into your PC running XP Home as a 2nd drive, then installed XP Pro onto this drive.
Your friend's system won't boot, and your system offers the choice of XP Home and XP Pro. XP Home should still work, but XP Pro will fail if your friend's drive is not installed in your PC, correct?

Assuming your system had only one partition and one drive.
The files that start the OS are on your C drive, they were not installed onto your friend's hard drive.
This can be fixed, but XP Pro will see itself as being on drive D, not drive C
If the hardware is different, you'll need to do a repair install to get it to work though. Easier to just start over.
Your system should still boot to XP Home, but will have the choice for XP Pro. This just needs to be removed from the boot.ini file.
You best bet is to start over and do the XP Pro install with the drive installed in your friend's PC
To remove the XP Pro entry from your system (with your friend's drive NOT installed):
Click Start | Run, type msconfig, press Enter
Click the BOOT.INI tab
Click the Check All Boot Paths button
It should find the XP Pro line as invalid, and offer to remove it.
Click Yes.



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Hello,Hope someone can help me.I have the same problem as posted previously here:;hl=sp1+updateI stupidly accepted to install SP1 this afternoon. When I returned to my comp it was turned off!I restarted it and had the screen that said it had shut down unexpectedly, I pressed to start in normal mode, the green bar flashed for a while and then a lot of different files flashed accross the top of a black screen stopping on : Oxc0190036 !! 3673/90382 (Msftwdf_kernel_01005_inbox_critical.wdf)I then have to try to reboot the comp. I have followed all the instructions in the above link. The restore won't work. I only have one restore point which was created just before the SP1 started down loading. The repair says it has worked but I still can't load windows.I am stuck only being able to load from my OS disk. Is there a way that I can remove SP1 from the command (Source) prompt.I have read several previous posts with a similar problem but can't find any that managed to fix it. Is my only option to do a complete re-installation?Thanks so much for any help you can give me.Ruth

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If you have Vista DVD... you don't have Vista DVD...1. Create Vista Recovery Disc.Option 1: 2:Download Vista Recovery Disc iso image: it to CD, or DVD: Boot from created disk.At first screen click on Repair your computer:This will bring you to a new screen where the repair process will look for all Windows Vista installations on your computer. When done you will be presented with the System Recovery Options dialog box:After this, it will present you with a list of options including startup repair, system restore and command prompt:Try System Restore, first.If that doesn't work, try Startup Repair.

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Hi all,

Bear with me here, I'm not the most fluent in computers, not sure if this is the correct section.

I have a Philips Freevents PC we've been using for the past three years or so with very few problems. However, about a month ago it started to be a bit slow at times and would sometimes take two attempts to start on occasion. I was a bit concerned so I decided to wipe perform a destructive recovery, I didn't have anything important on the computer and whenever I've done this (maybe once or twice) it's been a welcome change. During the recovery the system crashed and since then whenever I've tried to load the system I get the error message "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error" and prompts me to restart, this happens every time and I can't get any further forward. When I try to boot into Safe Mode I get a similar message saying "Windows cannot complete installation in Safe Mode" and again prompts me to restart.

I've searched high and low on the internet trying to find similar cases but I've had no luck. I've tried downloading the Vista Recovery Disc and when I've got to the stage where it says "Install Now" I get the error message "Windows cannot open the required file E:\Sources\Install.wim. The file does not exist. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070002". When I've tried the option to "Repair my Computer" ... Read more

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Do you have a Vista installation disc? How interested would you be in upgradeing to Windows 7?

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Looking for help.
I've recently completed a new build and can only get WinXP to boot, but not Win 7. First, my components:

Intel i7 2600K
Kingston HyperX Ram, 16 GB (KHX1600C9C3K4/16GX)
GeForce 9500GT (used from prior system)
Seagate Barracuda 250 GB (from prior)
Maxtor 500 GB (from prior)
PS is 630W, not sure of brand off hand

My hard drives were previously partitioned as follows. The Seagate had a primary 100 GB boot partition with Windows 7 and the remainder as a backup partition. The Maxtor has a small 20 GB partition with Win XP (as a back up in case of primary drive failure) with the remainder of the drive used as my main data partition.

Assembly seemed to go fine but on first boot simply went to a black screen after post. I flash updated to most recent Bios and disconnected the Maxtor drive. At this point could get to the boot screen. But, no matter what option I chose (normal startup, safe mode, repair, last known working configuration), it would go to black screen with "Starting Windows," and would either hang here, or sometimes the loading animations with the colored flags would just begin to start and then I'd get a blue screen. When attempting safe mode, I would get a blue screen amidst loading drivers. At this point I put in the Win7 installation disk. Whether I select repair or new installation, it will say loading files then go to blue screen after the "Starting Windows" displayed.

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OK, I am not following was this an existing win7 install that you expect to boot with a new mb OR did you clean install win7 with the new board?

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Hi, New to the forum, but not necessaily a newbie.
I installed ActivClient 6.1 (CAC reader sw), on a Dell Inspiron XPS Gen2 laptop running Vista Ultimate SP1. When performing the suggested restart to complete the install, I received this error ""Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause....blah, blah, blah...File: \windows\system32\Drivers\pxHelp20.sys Status: 0xc0000098 Info: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt."
I tried the Vista Repair option multiple times and though it indicated success, I still could not start windows. I then attempted to perform a restore from three separate restore points, each time it stated to reboot as if all was well, but returned the same errors with alternating bad files PxHelp20 or winload. I went to the Vista repair utility command prompt and attempted to run sfc /scannow, but was given "Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service."
I would love to fix this without a wipe and load...any ideas?

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How can I do a Vista backup from the Vista Repair Disk command prompt? Just want to save my data in case I cannot repair my Vista installation. Thx.


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I would really appreciate some help here. On this certain computer, whenever I start it, it brings up the following text:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your
Windows installation disc and restart your computer.

and so forth. I'm sure ya'll are familiar with the message. I'd just like to be able to format the hard drive--totally wipe it--and reinstall Vista. I'm unable to do this with the disc for some reason. Install doesn't work--repair doesn't work. How can I wipe the computer clean?

A:Vista won't load, install or repair

You could try cleaning the Vista DVD with a very gentle touch of a finger dipped in a little toothpaste, wiped off with a lint cloth and NOT a wood-based kitchen paper.

You could also slave the offending hard drive into another system, transfer your personal files over and format it but if your DVD doesn't work now, it may not work when you have no system at all.


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I installed the windows 8 consumer preview today with no issues but am having trouble getting back onto vista. Every time the machine is restarted or shutdown it automatically loads windows 8. Any suggestions?

A:can't load vista after windows 8 install

Hello soundsthesame, and welcome to Eight Forums.

While in Windows 8, double check using OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to see if you have Vista listed. If so, set the to display list of operating systems setting for about 30 seconds. This will give you enough time at boot to be able to select Vista when you like.

Startup Options - Change Time to Wait before Default OS Runs

Hopefully you didn't install Windows 8 over Vista by mistake.

Hope this helps,

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I installed MCE 2005 on a new shiny computer (Intel e8400, 2 gig ddr2) and
then from mce installed a clean copy of vista to another partition on
my HD, so i i'll have both xp and vista.

It loaded vista 3 or 4 times but then stopped and restarts before the
well come screen. so i formatted the partition, and tried to install
again, still the same :(

Does any one have a clue what can it be?
Many Many thanks

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I've been trying to install Vista Home Premium 64-bit oh... for about 2 days now. The setup starts and after the screen that says "Windows is loading files" (with the grey load bar), the screen goes black and it hangs. Occasionally you can see the "(c) Microsoft Corporation" and the loadbar but it never fades all the way in.

here's a video of my problem, sorry for the cell phone camera quality.

I have tried 4 different mem sticks, all tried individually. (two dif 2gig sticks, and 2 dif 1gig sticks) and 3 dif video cards. I don't think the processor is bad as it hasn't given me any problems or signs of failure to this point.

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: Is it possible my 64-bit dvd is bad? No scratches or anything like that, and it does seem to load the files, but I'm totally out of ideas.

A:Vista x64 install fails after initial load screen

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An error occurred during the installation of assembly with the following Fatal error message:
‘Microsoft.VC80.CRT,processorArchitecture=”x86”, type=”win32”,publicKeyToken=”1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”, version=”8.0.50727.91”’

Any idea of the fix? Microsoft, HP or Dell are of no help. Thanks.

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Hey guys, I recently ordered a dell inspiron 1420.
I wish to install vista ultimate 64bit on it, however, I want to know if its even possible?

Since, I do not see a 64bit section for Dell's driver download website.

Here's the specs.

Intel Core 2 Duo T5750(2.0GHz, 667Mhz, 2M L2 Cache)
High Resolution, glossy widescreen 14.1 inch display (1440x900)
4GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm
NVIDIA ? GeForce TM Go 8400M GS with 128MB
120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, English
Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron
8X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive for Inspiron
Integrated High Definition Audio 2.0
Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini Card
Integrated 2.0 mega pixel web cam
56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery, for Inspiron 142
Intergrated Bluetooth.
AVerTV Expresscard TV TUNER TVT11 + Remote Control

A:Possible to Install x64 Vista on a Dell Inspiron?

i have same problem. i have same configuration from lenovo. and not able to find any 64bit drivers.

pls help

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I want to buy a Dell system but it comes with Pre installed Windows Vista Home Premium & they do not offer Win XP.

I would like to install Win XP Pro SP3 in it and remove Vista.

(1) Can I do that & if yes how ? I have Windows XP Pro SP3 CD that came with my another Dell system.

(2) How important is it to learn Vista ? I do not like Vista but it looks like sooner or later I am going to have to learn it. Any idea of what percentage of people owning computers now use Vista instead of other Windows OS ?

Thanks Much.

A:Can I install Win XP on a Dell system that comes with Vista?

Well Vista comes preinstalled on most computers you buy these days so. And as for installing Xp (if you want) Pop the cd in to the tray reboot reformat your hdd when its asks and install xp the rest of the way. now if you are runing that xp cd installed on the other system you will have to get another cd key from microsoft unless its a student version or retail

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I have been given a dell inspiron 531 with 64 bit AMD processor, running 32 bit vista home basic, that has responded well to RAM upgrade to 4GB.

I want to install 64 bit win 8 pro media centre which I have on an original MS CD. either over current vista or on separate partition as dual boot.

For some reason the dell wont read the MS win 8 64 disk (or any other original MS OS disks I have (vista-32/7-64/8-32)) but reads pretty much everything else (DVD's excepted as currently has no DVD reading software.)..either through explorer or during is not only original ms discs that are a problem as dell won't read win8-64 enterprise trial iso I burned myself either.

I have tried turning off security software (MS security essentials/MS firewall) change.

CD's all read fine via explorer on my lightly hopped up HP tx1340ea running win 8-64 pro media centre.

Can anyone help/advise?

kind regards


A:win 8 64 won't install on 32 vista dell inspiron 531

Sounds like the DVD drive needs to be replaced.

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how to install winxp pro on a stripe dynamic disk created by winxp pro also?
thanks in advance =)

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I purchased a re-furbished Precision T3400 2 weeks ago with Windows Vista -32 bit Business pre installed. COA licence. 2 month warranty remaining and transferred successfully.
The MS label & key for the Vista system attached. However I do not have the install disc.
I also have a new clean hard drive fitted.
Should I be able the down load or request a copy of the disc from Dell?? Under the warrantee.

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You can burn your own Restore Discs or Order them from Dell

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I've got a Toshiba laptop whose Vista OS stopped working for some odd reason right after I got a single Blue Screen error. Now, I'm trying to re-install Vista on the same laptop using a Dell marked disk my step-dad has. Does anyone know if I'm going to get any known conflicts since it's a Dell disk?

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Hi it probably will not work as it is a dell disc the os will be tied to the machine it is meant for

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Hey guys, your help and expertise will be greatly appreciated... I'm desperately
in need of assistance here...

Recently my comp is totally wrecked up, programs doesn't run like they ought to and
startup is a total havoc. My comp is also stuffed with alot of useless info and programs
and I think it is in serious need of reformatting. However I'm a total comp *****
in this and will need your CLEAR and CONCISE step-by-step explaination... sigh

This guy set up my comp for me bout 2 years ago and when he installed WinXP Pro,
i kinda remebered he ****ed up something regarding partitions. Think he made another
partition and thus my comp has been running on 2 partitions but actually only in
fact i'm utilising one... cuz its showed i only have 1 harddrive (c

So right now, i'm pondering how to totally delete EVERYHING from my comp... is tat
reformat of harddrives? I wanna wipe everything out from my comp, like its totally
cleaned and then starting from scratch, reinstall my WinXP Pro again... how can i
do that? And also considering my problem about partitions mentioned above, I would
wanna merge them together and fully utilise the 2 partitions as 1 after i reformat.
How can i do that? I really have no idea at all... I've tried searching for similar
topics but learned little from those replied suggestions.

A:How to Reformat my Hard-drive and install WinXP Pro again? I am currently using WinXP

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

First go into Bios and find the boot menu make sure it is set to boot from Floppy first(if you have a floppy drive) then your cd rom then your Hard drive.

Put your windows Cd in your cd drive and save and exit from Bios.

1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4. Read the End-User License Agreement, and then press F8.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

Please note that during setup your computer will reboot. When it does you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT press anything otherwise it will just start the setup again from scratch.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hello I have to do a reinstall of Vista Home Basic SP1 On an HP Pavillion, However the only Vista Home Basic Disc I can get is a Dell One, Can I use the Dell Install disc on the HP? Which also has/had Vista Home Basic on it, and I have the key sticker on it to activate the fresh reinstall, and I can get the drivers from HP. So in short Can I get the dell vista home basic disc, and use my HP key for Home Basic, Or would it be somehow incompatible? THANKS IN ADVANCE..

A:Solved: Can I use A Dell Vista Install Disc on an HP Computer?

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I have a question referring back to the thread/forum (The title/name of thread/forum is in the *Title*). What format do you mean when you say image? Do you mean .iso, .bin, etc.?


Devon West (Stickboy)

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I have a Dell Vostro home pc, and an older model HP 4100n laserjet printer. I am using a parrellel to usb cable to connect the printer since the PC does not have parrellel port. Vista does not recognize when I plug in the printer, and installing the printer using "Add a printer" doesn't work either. I downloaded driver from HP's site, and tried installing with that driver seem to have no effect. I did not know which driver to use (PCL5 or PCL6), so I just used the PCL5 one. No matter what I try, I can't seem to get the pc to talk to the printer. How do I start all over and get this installed correctly? Thanks!

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Hi i am trying to install vista on a dell inspiron 9400, whenever i install i it gets to a certain stage then i get a bsod, i have tested the hard drive it is fine, and i can install win 7 no probs, i have used killdisk to fully wipe the drive but no luck, also when the pc starts up the screen looks corrupt/ graphics artefacts or something this only happens on the boot screen and in the bios soon as i boot from a disk it disappears, i also updated the bios any idea what this is?

A:Cant install vista on dell laptop inspiron 9400

If you can install Windows 7 but not Vista it seems to point to your install disk.

If you can install Windows 7 why bother with Vista.

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hey guys, so we've got a bunch of Win7 Pro factory install disks (Dell) at work and since we run XP there, the 7's were a free for all...needless to say, I was able to install the 7 upgrade from Vista on my Toshiba Satellite E105. I checked the 'Computer' properties and I see that I now have 14 days to activate windows. Could I use the key from my previous Vista to upgrade to 7 or would I need to reinstall vista ? Thanks!

A:Vista to 7 Pro upgrade - Dell install disk on Toshiba

NO,you need a Win 7 key.

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Hi i am trying to install vista on a dell inspiron 9400, whenever i install i it gets to a certain stage then i get a bsod, i have tested the hard drive it is fine, and i can install win 7 no probs, i have used killdisk to fully wipe the drive but no luck, also when the pc starts up the screen looks corrupt/ graphics artefacts or something this only happens on the boot screen and in the bios soon as i boot from a disk it disappears, i also updated the bios any idea what this is?

A:Solved: Cant install vista on dell inspiron 9400

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I tried installing vista on my dimensions 3100 - about 2hrs in and it rebooted - displays a fast error msg that i can't read, reboots and goes to the install updates page - loops through this cycle now - any ideas!??

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I have a two year old Dell PC with Windows 7. I got a virus in my computer that by phone and computer takeover Norton located in my MBR. When they cleaned it my computer will no longer boot up. Norton worked with me for three days on the problem but we were unable to fix the computer. I followed other web sites and repaired my MBR but it still will not boot up. I tried System Repair, Check point, Image, and Dell system restore and all failed. I have tried to use the Windows install CD and all I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor and then after 3 minutes the compute attempts to boot again and fails. I tried everything to try and wipe the drive from C prompt and it will not let me. I have very weak computer skills but I can follow directions and I have wiped a previous computer I owned. (I confirmed that my CD drive is working) I also should mention I have a second hard drive on my computer that I backed everything up to.

A:Dell Computer PC will not load Windows install CD from computer crash

See if you can reset the BIOS hardware/software connections and then clear the CMOS to access your Windows 7 install disc.
Resetting hardware/software connections in the BIOS and clearing temporary memory of corruption:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

Clear the CMOS:Use your system manual to find instructions for accessing the BIOS...
In the BIOS, go to the EXIT screen...
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My Dell Inspirion 1210 Mini,as i say.It can't install window vista.My Dell use window xp as original and then replace it with window 7 by using usb boot mode(cause my dell don't have a cd,dvd drive to install).Everytime i install window vista with usb it keep geting from this error to another.Sometime it is
*Have no driver to install
*Don't have the requirement file to install except i have the file the install need.
So please help me and thanks for taking your time to read this.

A:My Dell Inspirion 1210 Mini Can't Install Window Vista

Since you believe this is a possible malware related issue and have posted for assistance here, you need to continue in that thread. Do not start new threads or duplicate topics as this causes confusion and makes it more difficult to get the help you need to resolve your issues. Further, it necessitates staff spending time with housecleaning to remove those duplicate postings...time which could have been provided to others needing assistance.Thanks for your cooperation.This thread is closed. If it turns out that malware was not the problem and you need this topic reopened, please PM me or another Moderator.

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Well this is probably the 9,645st thread about this topic but mine seems to be that much more difficult and weird.

So like everyone else I just bought a new computer with Vista 64bit already installed and after months of giving it a chance Im disgusted with its RAM performance especially compared to XP, and since im a 3d graphics artist this is HUGE for me and no way around it.

More specifically I have a Dell XPS630
Dual Core 3ghz Intel Processors
512MB SL 9800GT Nvidia GeForce Card
Windows Vista 64bit SP2

I just bought a fresh brand new copy of Windows XP 64bit with SP2 which wasnt too cheap, and a floppy drive to boot. So I thought I was ready...

Now ive read many of the threads relating to this big problem and have followed the steps. Im having the issue that a lot of people seem to have when I try and install my XP 64bit OS, everything is fine UNTIL i get to the "Starting Windows" prompt after all the other drivers have loaded, then BLAM Blue screen of death.

I tried locating the SATA 'autodetect' feature in the BIOS, and my BIOS doesnt offer that capability of turning it off or on, just autodetects the drive's hard drive space (500GB). So no good there.

So then I downloaded the SATA driver for my hard drive from the Dell Driver page (at least the closet to my exact model, model number for mine wasnt listed on Dell's site for SATA drivers). Then I uploaded the driver to my Floppy External Drive, ready to install in during the ... Read more

A:Solved: Trying to Install Xp on Vista Dell XPS630 - F6 SATA Issues!

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I installed a new harddrive (ordered from Dell using tag) in my dell d830 with no problem. I have the dell operating system disk (vista 32bit) and I am booting from the disk. However, once I select install and select advance it appears that the install will work but it stop after the first check and does not complete the second step. I get a message:
Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installationa re available, and restart the intstallation. Error code 0x80070001.
Please help!

A:Installed new harddrive on Dell d830 having problems with vista install

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OK, so im working on this computer (DELL Inspiron 531 w/ m2n61-ax MB) that someone tried to restore and the DVDRW died in the middle of the restore. Replaced the DVDRW, slap the vista disc in... BAM no HDD. Now i know this HDD is fine because I stuck it my machine and blew it out, created new partition, formatted NTFS, set ACTIVE. When I boot and go into the BIOS there is no AHCI MODE vs RAID for the SATA settings, Just DISABLE, SATA 1, SATA 1+2. It sees the HDD and the DVDRW np. Boot off the Vista disc, tell it to load drivers, point it to the external drive with the drivers I got from the DELL website using the service code on the back, I even tried downloading the nforce 4 drivers, and STILL doesnt show the HDD in the list to install too. I dug EVERYWHERE on google, for MB drivers, NVIDIA, DELL, tried every sata port to even see if it made a difference. I still cant get this thing to detect the HDD, as if its the wrong driver. BIOS sees it, even enabled the RAID to see if the RAID mode picked it up and it does, so i turned that back off because its not in a raid. Anyone got a CLUE?? help me out i been at it for 2 days on this thing lol.

A:Dell Inspiron 531 sata drivers not working VISTA install

magically started working, booted up the pc with a different sata drive, vista saw it (no drivers loaded/OEM dvd) i hot swapped the drives, and POOF, it came up. installed vista home premium with no issues. Just for clarification, all the research i did said it was a geforce 6100 with nforce 420. WRONG it was a nforce 430.

Just info for all the googlers that may be in the same boat as me .

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I know there is an option in WinXP to recover lost system files using the WinXP CD and choosing the upgrade option while installing. It has worked for me many a time. Is there a way to do it in a non booting WinXP....Here what I mean is an Xp which has got some files corrupted so badly that it wont boot.

Am just trying a new method for it. Will come up with it later. But for now can you people let me know if already there is a option to do that.

A:Repair install WinXP in a non Booting WinXP.

Did you try Disk Defragmenter?

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My Dell Inspiron 6400 is 13 months old - has Windows Vista Home Basic Edition. My grandson tried to uninstall Vista and replace with XP. It didn't work so I reinstalled Vista HB. I have a 19 GB folder "Windows.old" that I don't want. I don't find where I can custom an install without having that file. Help?

A:Clean Install Vista Home Basic On Dell Inspiron 6400

Windows.old is a backup of the old OS (in this case, it's probably the XP installation). I'd suggest exploring it first to see if it contains anything that you want - then delete it to reclaim the space on your system. Also, run a defrag after deleting it so that they system will effectively utilize the space right away.

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Hi GuysI recently purchased a second hand XPS 13 and everything has been running fine until this morning. I ran ADWCleaner for general maintenance, the machine rebooted and loaded back into Windows without issue. Shortly after, the laptop started beeping over and over again. I tried rebooting only to find that the laptop won't load Windows and doesn't load past the Dell splash screen. There is no beeping during bootup. Also, I am load to setup or boot selection screens after pressing  F2 or F12. The laptop appears to register if I have selected one of those two options but will not load after the Dell screen progress bar has reached 100%I have stumbled across a couple of posts on the internet suggesting that the issue maybe motherboard related ?Does anybody have suggestions on what I can do to resolve this issue ?Thanks in advance.

A:Dell XPS 13 (2013) doesn't load past Dell splash screen

What is the exact system model? Are you using an original Dell OEM Adapter?
Download the service manual - - enter the service tag and download the manual and disconnect the adapter and battery and press and hold the power button for 30 seconds and try powering on the system with adapter only / battery only and check.
Based on your system model, check if you are able to remove and reseat the memory modules if possible.
Disconnect the HDD and check if the system goes past the Dell logo.
Try the onboard diagnostics - press and hold the fn key + power button to turn on the system and it should initiate the diagnostics. Check for any possible beeps codes.
If nothing works, then I would suspect a faulty motherboard.
If the system is under warranty, Please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your contact details(Name, Phone#, Address and Email). If there is no warranty, then you could contact our team to get a quote for a paid service call -
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Good Evening Everyone, I just tried to log on my PC for the first time today and It kept rebooting at the first DELL screen. I logged off of it last night just fine. It just doesn't seem to load.
Main Info:
BIOS Version: A05
Product Name:  Inspiration 3521
CPU Type: Intel(R) Celerom(R) CPU 1007U
CPU Speed: 1.50GUs
Fixed HHD: Hitachi HTS545032A7E380 (320GB)
AC Adapter Type: <330W>
Total Memory: 4096
System Memory Speed: 1600 MHz
Advanced Info:
Intel(R)SpeedStep: Enabled
Virtualization: Enabled
Integrated NIC: Enabled
ESB Emulation: Enabled
ESB Wake Support: Disables
SATA Operation: AHCI
Adapter Warning: Enabled
Function Key Behavior: Function Key
Everything is default settings. Please Help!!!

A:Dell Inspiration 3521, Won't load past first DELL screen.

Unplug the system, remove the battery and hold the power button for 30 seconds.  Remove and reinstall both memory modules.  Verify that the LED on the AC adapter is ON before you plug in the notebook end.
Plug in the notebook end and try powering up on AC only - if it will but won't with the battery installed, the battery is the cause -- replace it with a new one.
If it still won't power up, replace the mainboard.

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Copied title here for ease of reading. ~ OBI have a Dell Inspiron 530 running Windows Vista Home Premium and am having all kinds of problems. I can not install SP1 slow computer IE7 stops Help, Here is HJT log as well as dds log which I was instructed to use.End of title.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:18:08 PM, on 12/5/2008Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exec:\PROGRA~1\\agent\mcagent.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEUser.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\msc\mcuimgr.exeC:\Users\Steve\Downloads\HiJackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = Read more

A:I have a Dell Inspiron 530 running Windows Vista Home Premium and am having all kinds of problems. I can not install SP1 slow...

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below a staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_ScanFollow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note: You may have to disable a... Read more

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I have a dying Dell D610 laptop running XP Professional. I want to reformat/restore it, but I don't have the original OS disc (but I do have the original drivers/utilities disc.

But I DO have a legit Dell XP Home edition SP2 disc, with a key & everything (from my mom's Dell Desktop of about the same era as the laptop).

The question is now obvious, can I use the OS disc I have to re-do my laptop?


A:Can I Load My Dell XP Desktop Disc on Dell Laptop?

What do you mean by dying ? It would be senseless to reinstall, eg, if your HD was "dying".

As far as I know, an Install disk is not different for a desktop and Laptop. It will configure the OS based on the hardware you have on the laptop. Backup what you need from the laptop, and have at it.

PS: I am just another user, making a comment & do not work for this forum !

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Now that I have loaded WinXP... What should I downbload before I start cranking out and configuring to my liking???

Specifically, anything out there that I can STOP hacker from getting into my rig as I have heard and WHERE are the SERVICE PAKS or stuff like.

What is it that I need as in CHECKLIST???

A:New WinXP Load

At a minimum you need to do the critical updated.

Zone Alarm has a nice program that you might like.

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Trying to help a friend whose motherboard died, I found the same board on EBay and fitted that. The system starts up, does the BIOS checks then goes to the screen saying Windows did not load successfully, do you want to try Safe Mode, Last Known Good Config etc etc.
Whichever one I choose it just restarts the PC.
I have run the Recovery Console, run chkdsk /r twice, tried Fixboot and Fixmbr but still WindowsXP Pro will not load.
I have run diagnostics on the hard drive and it passes fine.
I have fitted another hard drive with a clean WinXP Pro installed, with the original drive as a slave. The system then boots normally and the original drive appears as the e: drive and all the files look normal, including ntldr, boot.ini.
Is there anything else I could try?
I would rather not do a repair install unless I really have to!

A:WinXP does not load

Back up the files onto the Clean XP drive and format and reload

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Hey guys.

My friend just gave me a call and told me that suddenly his computer is not booting up.
He has gateway.. forget which model he has.
Symptom : He turns on and gets a message saying there is a problem with booting and it needs to be fixed (he forgot exactly what it said and he left his computer at home) and the next screen is the usual "safemode" or "Last good configuration" screen and either one he chooses the windows logo appears and it restarts again.

just saying what he told me. any help ? =) thank you so much!

PS.Sorry if there was a same problem. I couldn't find a thread. If there is one you can find that would be great too. cheers

A:Can't load WinXP

ne one?

kind of desperate here. hehe

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Hi all:

I hope someone can point me in the right direction. I'm trying to get a friends pc running, but can't get past the loading screen. She has a Compaq running XP Home. When turned on it gets to the Windows loading screen and then to a text screen stating that Windows couldn't load. There are options for safe mode, last known good configuration and normal start up, but all of the choices result in a lock up. Is there anything that I can try short of a reformat and fresh start?

I pulled the hard drive and installed it as a slave on my computer so that I could run a virus scan and disk check using Systemworks and both came up ok.

Please tell me there's a simple solution!


A:WinXP won't load

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Built a new box and trying to load xp pro.. keep gettin error code 7
when press f6 to load drivers message comes up i press f7 but nothing happens except eventually goes to msi splash screen (mobo k8n nforce 4 plat sli) any ideas??

A:trying to load winxp pro

Probably let XP completely install, then install the drivers. I think the F6 option are for RAID drivers. If you're doing the RAID thing, please ignore my post. I haven't done enough of the RAID systems to even help myself out.

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Hello, I have a problem loading my Windows XP username and the data in it when I startup the computer. I have a chinese computer, so I translated the error:

"Windows is unable to load the data saved on this machine. This possibly is because the secure jurisdiction is insufficient, or this machine hypothesis files damage. If the question always exists, please contact you the network system manager. The detailed material - basis registers I/O which carries on to operate the initial defeat, is unable to return to original state. Registers is unable to read takes, reads in or eliminates some to include the system image the file."

Sometimes when I shut down the computer, it will say that someone else is currently logged in on this username and if I shut down the computer they will lose data or something like that. Have I been hacked? How can I fix this problem?

Thanks for the help.

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Right now my computer will not boot passed the WinXp splash screen.

2 possibilites: 1) WinXp kernal is fatally corrupted 2) my boot HD is failing (it is only a few months old)


While playing WoW (World of Warcraft), and my computer freezes up. I reboot and get a message that Go Back halted my system to prevent a data corruption on disk #1 - or something to that effect. I boot up, log back into WoW, and few minutes later my machine reboots itself without me doing anything. Same message from Go Back.

I open my case, and both my HDs are hot as hell. They are stacked right on top of each other. So I power down and move my HDs around a bit. I let them cool down 5-10 min and boot up again. I come to the Go Back screen and attempt to revert my HD states to a few hours ago hoping it is just a system error. Go Back does its thing but at the end it states that the Go Back history has become fatally corrupted and therefore it will disable itself.

I boot up, run disk doctor, etc. Everything runs fine. I open a number of applications and run some games etc. I run WoW again and somewhere around 45min to an hr after getting back into desktop, the system locks up. I reboot and this time WinXp locks up at the splash screen. Sigh. So I try to Go Back again. It didnt fix it. I am now permanently stuck at the WinXp splash screen.

When I try to log into WinXp safe mode, it goes as far as the choose a login screen, then it just locks up.

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A:Help - WinXp wont load

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Hp laptop running WinXP w/SP2 stops loading at background screen. CTL-ALT-DEL works and seem to be able to run almost anything except explorer. When I browse to it, system says 'Windows cannot find "C:\windows\explorer.exe" '. Iexplorer works just fine, as does regedit, games, etc.

I even tried to use another copy of explorer on a USB stick and got the same error, even though other programs on the stick would work just fine, programs such as SIW.

I've run chkdsk /f and sfc / scannow to try and verify integrity of the system and both completed fine. I've run eventvwr and do not see any problems there.

I'm pretty well stumped and looking for some advice.

Thanks and Brgds

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Hi all I just, installed WinXP as a clean install from Win98se. I now cannot go to my favorite everquest sites nor can i dowload mini movies from the disney site for my daughter. Is this an issue with WinXP or IE 6.0? Also is it possible to go back? That is to install IE 5.5? Please give me your thoughts and advice on this, as I am being laughed at by my wife at the moment..hehe

A:IE 6.0 with winXP, I cant load pages.=(

Did you go to the Windows update and get all the latest fixes? Last time I updated I seen a fix for displaying disney movies on DVD, maybe it will fix that too.


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A laptop was hit with the Bagle.n worm.
I have tried to load all critical updates and also SP2. The automatic update just scans the same stuff, says it is successfull and then shows again to update the same stuff. SP2 will not load via the update and will not load after I have saved the file to the HHD.

Anyone have any Ideas, or did the worm kill part of the system and needs the OS reloaded?

A:Unable to load WinXP SP2

Sounds like the operating system is compromised . . I'd save the files and settings, wipe the drive and reinstall to get a fresh installation . . apply SP2 immediately after installing the O/S.


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I came back home from an extended holiday to discover my computer wouldn't boot. As soon as the initial Dell logo appears, the computer seems to hang, then a Dos screen says:

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found.\
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

This is accompanied by a clearly audible intermittent ticking sound from the tower, from the floppy drive I think. F1 just makes the "Strike..." sentence repeat but F2 works.

I have a Dell Dimension 8200, P4, 512MB w/ WinXP Home, and all service packs. A family member used the computer while I was away but can't (or won't) say what happened.

Can anyone help me understand what is going on? Could this sort of problem be caused by a power surge?

Many thanks,

A:Winxp Home Won't Load

When you go into the Setup is the Primary hard drive listed?

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Hello, I have a problem loading my Windows XP username and the data in it when I startup the computer. I have a chinese computer, so I translated the error:

"Windows is unable to load the data saved on this machine. This possibly is because the secure jurisdiction is insufficient, or this machine hypothesis files damage. If the question always exists, please contact you the network system manager. The detailed material - basis registers I/O which carries on to operate the initial defeat, is unable to return to original state. Registers is unable to read takes, reads in or eliminates some to include the system image the file."
Sometimes when I shut down the computer, it will say that someone else is currently logged in on this username and if I shut down the computer they will lose data or something like that. Have I been hacked? How can I fix this problem?

Thanks for the help.

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I get a notification box when I start XP, then explorer.exe proceeds to not load. I get the windows loading screen, then it goes to 640x480 at 8 bit color depth and says explorer.exe entry point not found, and the box says "The procedure PathParseIcon followed by a bunch of unreadble gibberish can not be found in shlwapi.dll". I'm not sure what this is, and safe mode behaves the same way. What got corrupted and how can I fix this? I have a copy of UBCD4win if that will help, I'm just not too keen on reinstalling windows again.
I have no data on the main drive that I can't bear to lose, I just hate wasting time reintalling windows. Any help would be appreciated, as always.

A:explorer.exe won't load. winxp

I decided to just go ahead and DBAN the drive and reinstall windows, so if anyone has any suggestions or comments that would help me or other users in the future with this type of problem, please post them here. Otherwise, would the mods please close or delete the thread.

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Unable to load Visioneer 7600USB (3 yrs old) onto new computer with WinXP. I've followed the Microsoft instructions and the Visioneer instructions from both sites. (that 'logo' problem). I have a job to do & need help ASAP, or I'll have to go buy a new scanner. Thanks for any help/advice you can give.

A:can't load old scanner on winxp

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From the time I log in, it takes 5 minutes for the desktop to load & another 21 minutes for the system tray to complete loading. While waiting for the system tray I have time to have coffee & do the crossword puzzle. I would much rather be reading my Email. Any & all suggestions on how to speed up the process will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
[email protected]

A:WinXP SP2 Slow to load.

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Office computer running Windows XP Pro. None of the programs will load. Each time anything is launched the "About Windows" box pops onto the screen. Can't run Scandisk, System restore, Virus scan or anything. Any ideas?

A:Programs won't load in WinXP

Try booting to Safe Mode and logging in as Administrator!

you may have a corrupt user profile that is causing the problem.
Good Luck!


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I uninstalled an audio program and restarted. I then got a DIOThunk error message saying a fatal error occured and that "[email protected]" could not be found. WinXP will not load. Is there anyway to fix this?
Please help.

A:WinXP Home with not load!

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Transferred all information from Dimension (Dell) to Dell XPS 410. Both computers using XP program. When I start to use my Picasa program I have a continual pop up that says " The DLL "cpuinf32.dll" can not be loaded. OS reports: The specifdied module could not be fouind. Am no computeer whiz--so this is all "Greek" to me. What should I do to correct this? Any haelp will be appreciated. Thank y ou Wildhog

A:Problems with down load of XP from Dell Dimension to Dell xps 410

Try reinstalling Picassa.

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My neighbor lady brought over her Dell 4100 to fix. Got it from a church that someone had used a software program to wipe the hard drive clean. Also, It dont have the CD drive installed. That figures!! I have a USB CD drive that I want to use to load WINxp Home onto this machine (her copy of xp). I know that xp closes all usb ports when booting, but am not sure about loading. I will not take my CD drive out of it's case and install it in her machine. Have a fetish about doing things like that. The question is can I load xp onto her machine using the usb port on the back of the 4100 and my USB cd drive. The BIOS shows USB remote devices and I can move the USB up to be the first boot device but I dont want to get totally frustrated over trying to load this thing. Any help would be really appreciated.

A:Load WINXP Home from a USB CD Drive

Hi trixiet,


I will not take my CD drive out of it's case and install it in her machine. Have a fetish about doing things like that.

Maybe I'm tired, but that was a really confusing statement.

As long as the BIOS supports USB boot, then you'll be fine.

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Hope someone out tehre can help me out. My system is homemade. Here's the specs.
Logisys PS480E12 480W 20 + 4-pin 120mm Fan ATX Power Supply
Biostar NF61V Micro AM2 mATX Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 512KB x2 Socket AM2 Dual-Core CPU
AMD Socket AM2/940/939/754 Heat Sink & Fan up to 3800+
PNY Verto GeForce 8500GT PCI-Express Graphics card,
Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS platinum,
Linksys WMP54GS,
and PCI to USB card.
Samsung 52x32x52 CDRW & 16x DVD-ROM IDE Drive
Dual layer DVD/r,rw drive, floppy drive.
2 Western Digital hard drives 30GB and 60GB.

Here's the problem. Built the cpu. Had OEM version of Windows XP media center 2005 to install. XP installed with no hitches. I then installed the drivers for the motherboard, graphics card, sound card and wireless networking card in that order. I then configured the wireless network for internet access and proceeded to activate my copy of windows and install updates. I selected the express install and let it go unattended. When I came back to check the computer it was displaying a blank screen.

I figured my computer had restarted so the new updates would take effect.
I restarted the cpu get the one beep from the motherboard indicating all is well and then the BIOS splash screen appears, I get the BIOS summary page and then nothing. The monitor still shows that it is receiving an input.
So here's what I've done to troubleshoot.
1)I first swapped monitors - no change in problem.
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A:WinXP will not load instead blank screen

Hi Jeep_junkie and welcome to TSF !

Your PSU (power supply unit) sells for 15$... which means it's crap. That would be my first guess.

To confirm this enter the hardware monitor screen in the BIOS and tell us about your +3.3, +5 and +12V voltages. While you're at it tell us about your CPU temp and fan speed.

Have a look at this thread. Read it, at least the introduction. Then use the PSU calculator to calculate your power needs. Enter your complete system specs in it, set capacitor aging to 30% if you intend to keep the same PSU for more than one year (which you probably do) and add another 30% to the final result to take the average efficiency of the PSU into account. Tell us what wattage the PSU calculator recommends.

Then check the recommended PSU's at the bottom of the PSU information and selection thread. Don't buy anything that costs less than 80$ on newegg and stick with known brands like Antec or Seasonic.

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My self built system has worked perfect for 10 yrs even as I put more and more hardware into it. I have 6 internal HD,s, 1 internal cd burner, 1 internal dvd burner and 1 external cd burner. All was fine then one day it locked up at "starting windows". There was still movement on the screen but it would not continue. I decided to try a reinstall using the same exact disk that I originally used, it was going well but now it wont pass the loading area. There is still movement on the screen but it just stays at the same point. I have tried to use a different disk; another completely seperate XP PRO but it still stops at the same point. What can I do? I cant afford to lose the info on the drive. Is there any software that can fix a registry problem if that's what it is? It does the same thing when I try safe mode and safe mode with command prompt. How can I gain access to the system to fix this? I am in desperate need to get info off this computer, I used to have to clean viruses and such off all the time because my wife would not stay off dangerous sites; could it be something to do with that? Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks.

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I was running Quark Xpress 4.0 fine on WinXP pro machine. Someone downloaded XP updates and now all I get is the flash screen for about 1 second and that is all. Quark will not run at all. I've removed and reinstalled a few times. I've looked for any updates from Quark. Any ideas?

A:Quark won't load after winXP upadate

happygrl said:

I was running Quark Xpress 4.0 fine on WinXP pro machine. Someone downloaded XP updates and now all I get is the flash screen for about 1 second and that is all. Quark will not run at all. I've removed and reinstalled a few times. I've looked for any updates from Quark. Any ideas?Click to expand...

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I am asking for help because it is my sweetie's computer/OS and I don't want to take the brunt for messing things up or losing any of her data. Normally, I would just reinstall the OS and be done with it but...

She was playing a game on the machine (2200+ AMD Athlon, GForce 5200-128MB) when the video went out. The music continued, but she was locked out. She finally pressed the reset button on the machine and it restarted.

After waiting at the "Microsoft Windows XP" screen for 5 minutes, she asked me for assistance. The blue load-bar continues to cycle indefinitely. (It's not a lockup.) We never get the winlogon box or a desktop.

She can boot into safemode. We tried using system restore, since she has restore points for the last month. And boot logging wasn't as much of a help as I have hoped.

The last loaded driver in the set was the GAGP30KX.SYS and the next driver did not load (ACPI Uniprocessor PC). Then there's a long sequence of drivers not loaded.

She has a laptop, but it's not enhanced for gaming performance, so her higher-end software (games) won't run as well.

Any observations?

A:WinXP hangs at load screen


Just did a quick search in google and found this, hope it helps.

http://www 'dot' bleepingcomputer 'dot' com/filedb/gagp30kx.sys-7409.html

Points to the agp driver for your board. The only thing i can think to try off hand is booting into safemode and removing the graphics card and AGP drivers, then trying to see if it boots normally.

You might also want to try run CHKDSK /R (First repair option when booting of XP CD) first before doing anything else, might just be a corrupt file that needs fixing.


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I have a laptop, Dell Latitude D620, and when I try to install Windows XP Home from my CD it gets a Bsod when it says, " Setup is starting Windows." After it loads the files. Would there possibly be something wrong with my boot sector or perhaps the CD itself. The laptop and CD are both old. Could I possibly install Windows XP from a flash drive, perhaps an ISO file?

A:Bsod when trying to load WinXP Home

Will it load in safe mode? Try using F8, if it loads, then type in cmd , sfc /scannow Let it check for broken or corrupt files. :)

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I have an HP pavilion 533w that takes at least 10 minutes to load WinXP OS. What can I do to speed up the process. The following are some of the things that I have done to help matters.
1. Disabled all at MSconfig.
2. Removed everything at the Windows/startup folder.

Thanks in advance

System Specs...
OS winXP/SP 2
CPU 2.00Ghz/256mb ram
50gb HD

A:WinXP extremely slow to load

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Last night I had to shut down my computer through the power button, as the computer had froze (due to me routinely overloading it, not restarting it for several hours, etc). This is very normal, but when I turned the computer on today, it took an abnormally long time to boot up.

When I entered my user password it spent a full two minutes loading my settings, then sent me to a blank desktop window. There are no errors that appear, I cannot use the little windows key on my keyboard to bring up programs, and the only way I can access anything is through ctrl+alt+delete.

What went wrong? What can I do?

Thanks in advance.

A:WinXP Fails to Load Settings

Boot into safe mode. Click start \ Run and type msconfig. Click the startup tab and see what is running at boot up.

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My dad asked me today to take a look at his computer because he said he updated to IE8 and now it doesn't work. I took a look at it, IE8 never even downloaded. There is an automatic update pop up that says there is an update available and the update is IE8. I would guess this is where he tried to download it from. But before I got to figuring that issue out I noticed that his computer was incredibly slow, the word slow would probably be an understatement. It takes almost 5 minutes for the computer to fully load on start up and shut down is almost as long. I decided to download and run spybot, ad-aware, MBAM, HJT, and another one I think was called regsupreme (icon says jv16 PowerTools). I ran them all they all came up with a ridiculous number of issues I deleted an rebooted every time. I deleted many of the tool bars I noticed along with anything else that looked silly and useless. I checked the memory and only 17GB had been used out of 180GB and it seems like there is something else still slowing it down after deleting all the junk. There was no improvement in performance at all after all of this. It seems like the computer is just working way to hard for small tasks, even if you let it do nothing it sounds like the computer is busy doing something strenuous. When opening task manager there is quite a large list of processes while I am only actually running a few things and in the performance section CPU usage occasionally spikes all the way to the top while PF stays ri... Read more

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Auction Sentry (AS) and Yahoo Video Recorder (YR) will not load on my new computer. I assembled this computer and have been loading software, running registry cleaners, spyware scans, and virus scans periodically. No infections. Overnight AS would not load. I tried Kelley's Korner #12, uninstalling, rebooting, reinstalling (several times), turning off McAffey firewall, making sure that the Windows firewall was not turned on. Nothing worked. All other programs work normally. Here is some info from Belarc:HARDWARE:Board: Intel Corporation DP55KG AAE47218-404BIOS: Intel Corp. KGIBX10J.86A.3878.2009.1028.1049 10/28/2009Processor: 2.93 gigahertz Intel Core i7 K 875Video: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT [Display adapter]WDC WD1500HLFS-01G6U3 [Hard drive] (150.04 GB) -- drive 0 I have two of these installed, hot pluggable and clone 0 to 1. Pulling out the second drive makes no difference.SOFTWARE:Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)HERE'S A LONG LIST OF HOTFIXES AND SOFTWARE THAT BELARC REPORTS. I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS RELEVANT, SO SKIP OVER IF NOT.Installed Microsoft Hotfixes:I SEE THAT KB982381 FAILED VERIFICATION and needs to be reinstalled (at bottom of list). I don't know if this is relevant to my problem.NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2no verification data KB958481 on 7/25/2010 (details...)no verification data KB974417 on 7/25/2010 (details...)no verification data KB976576 on 7/25/2010 (details...)no verification data KB976765 ... Read more

A:Only two applications will not start (load) in WinXP

Uninstall both applications mentioned.

Reboot the system.

If there are no obvious problems...install either application.

At first sign of applicable error message verbatim, please.


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Hi guys,
Hoping you can help me.
I'm pretty sure I picked up a virus a few days ago - I have just returned from holiday to find my PC restarting on load.
I remember AVAST gaving me a warning, then there was a pop-up Malware Virus Scanner, I managed to close that by ending the process.
I ran AVAST which picked up a few items, and told me to re-scan on boot.
When rebooting it proceeded to discover a heap of problems and asked if I should delete - being naive I clicked 'Delete All' and continued working on my other system.
It deleted quite a few issues before loading up. After use I shut the computer down and I have only just returned and started that machine up.

It gets to the load-up Windows page (background with icons loaded) and goes black, and restarts - as if it's stuck in a loop.

I somehow managed to get to a blue screen saying:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent .... has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
It also said something about aspwSP.sys
STOP 0x0000008E (etc etc)

Apologies for the vague description problem, as I restarted without writing down the displayed problem results.

I'm running Win XP (Can't remember which version and I can't get to the start menu to see).
I have Avast Home and Malware Bytes installed.
I havent added any new hardware for over a year and the computer isn't even warm when operating.
I tried restarting in Safe mode and Last known configuration with n... Read more

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Thank you in advance for any help, here is the situation, so bear with me. I have two computers, one I use for gaming, the other for school. Both computers had 60gb Maxtor (school with lots of room, gaming with about 10 gb free). My school HD took a powder (the evil clicky noise of doom), but I was able to back up my files prior to that. Me being a quick thinker, I decide to upgrade my gamer puter to a 120gb (don't wanna go too nutso, as I am considering building a much superior computer), and put the good 60 gb in my old Athlon 700. Problem? I cannot get Windows XP Home to complete install on my gamer computer. (Athlon 700 installed just fine with 'good' 60gb).
Gamer Computer: Athlon 1800+, 512MB DDR Ram 2100, KR7A Raid MOBO, GeForce3 Ti 200 (128MB DDR RAM), SB Audigy 2(AGP).

It is a RAID mobo, but i do not use the raid functionality, I did not have a problem before(I have my HD and my 2 roms on ide now). I go through the install steps, and I get to the very very end, where it states you are about to start Windows XP, and then it hangs, and thats it.

I have tried to ensure there are no conflicts, I pulled out my sound card as well as my network card, and 're-seated' my video card and RAM. I have tried looking at using a winxp bootup floppy, booted into safe mode (the only error it detects is the missing RAID, no conflicts detected there). Heck, I even swapped out mouse and keyboard. I tried putting back the good 60gb back in the pc, and reformattin... Read more

A:Solved: Fresh Install WinXP Home, locking up at end of install

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I'm working with a Dell Dimension C521 PC. It came with a PCI-Express video card which apparently has failed, yet the motherboard itself has on-board video. The system will boot using this video output (as opposed to the card which produced nothing) but when it finally gets to windows the auto-detect driver routine kicks in and begins to detect the video card, prompting the user to "Continue Anyway" to finish installing unsigned drivers. Unfortunately this event takes place in front of the installation of the USB keyboard and mouse (times like these I wish it had PS/2 ). Anyway, whether I boot up into Safe Mode or normal a prompt comes up about installing drivers for the on-board chipset. I can't interact with it because the driver install routine for the keyboard/mouse becomes interrupted.

A:Dell Dimension C521; USB key/mouse driver load interrupted by video card driver load

Bump. I've been thinking... the only way I think this can be fixed is if I boot from a Linux CD or something similar and delete a particular set of drivers for this video card. It can't prompt you to install any drivers if they don't exist, right? But I don't know where to go to delete such files and prevent them from automatically trying to install themselves. Any ideas?

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This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator. Thats the message i get unless I load programs like jfk reloaded and hit check website or the check IP program i use loads it up but the firefox symbol gives me that message! I went into control panel and changed it to my default browser like I read on a read through on this problem but it changes it right back anyways and wont work so the read ups i read didn't work on a google search and I am scratching my head...Thanks!

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hi everyone, I hope someone can help me out here and I'm posting to the right forum. I'm completely stuck!

My setup:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 1.86GHz
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (V3.9)
Generic 2 x 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
Gigabyte NX73G256D-RH video card
Skymaster Ultra ATA 133 PCI IDE RAID controller card
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB Ultra ATA HDD
Western Digital WD Caviar 80GB HDD (slave)

All but the hard drives and DVD-RW are new - I want to use my existing WinXP Pro install which is on the 320GB HDD.
For every configuration I've tried, I cannot get it to boot succesfully to the point where I can run a Windows 'repair install', or load Windows at all.

I'm not using the slave HDD until I can get it to boot successfully.

So far I've tried:
1. Connecting the HDD to the motherboard IDE and the DVD-RW connected to the RAID controller.
Result: BIOS shows HDD as primary IDE master
I can boot off the Windows CD and it says 'windows is checking your hardware configuration'.
It then loads all the drivers in the blue Windows setup screen
It says 'setup is starting windows' before giving me the blue screen of death with the following stop codes:
0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
This is before I have the option to select install or repair

2. Connecting the HDD to the RAID card (blue connection) as well as the DVD-RW (white).
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A:New motherboad, RAID card, RAM etc can't load WinXP

You DO know that when you change your motherboard you MUST reformat and reinstall windows. You cannot use the copy currently on the HD because it self-configures for your old system and motherboard serial #. You will need to reformat and reinstall and re-register your XP.

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Dear Friends:

I am an old man who is not very computer savvy. My sons are avid gamers, and know much more than I. They have left for college though, and are unable to assist me. I therefore seek your help.

I recently installed some free software from the internet, including Spybot SD Resident, Revo Uninstaller, IObit Smart Defrag and a couple of other utilities programs. In addition to Spybot SD Resident, I run Avast! free antivirus and the free version of Zone Alarm for protection.

My computer was slowing down before I installed the recent utilities (which is why I installed them in the first place), but since their installation the lag has become nearly unbearable. WinXP takes 5 minutes to boot, then when I try to run programs, it often becomes unresponsive. It is so bad that I can't even exit the Task Manager. I have removed Spybot SD Resident and IObit Smart Defrag from Windows StartUp, but it hasn't helped. Avast! has quarantined a few files over the years, but not many. No alerts are showing up in either Avast! or Spybot currently. I am concerned that I may be infected. Any assistance you can give would be most appreciated.

I have access to a Windows install disk.

I have attached and per your instructions (I also performed a scan with combo fix, though I didn't make any corrections with it and don't know if you want the log file). Here is my DDS.txt file:
DDS (Ver_10-12-12.02) - NTFSx86
Run by Chris at 9:20:22.78 on Sat 01/01/2011
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A:WinXP takes 5 min to load, freezes on programs

BUMP, please

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I have recently transferred to Talktalk from Orange. With Orange, I had a D-link router set up to my WinME computer. My laptop & other computer (WinXP) were connected wirelessly. I had no problems with this set up. Now, I have transferred to Talktalk and use the Huawei520b router, supplied by Talktalk. This router is connected to my WinME PC. The WinME works fine on the internet. The laptop connects wirelessly to the Talktalk network and works normally. The WinXP PC is also connected wirelessly, using a Ralink adapter. It connects ok, but is very very slow when loading internet pages. To try to solve this problem, I tried connecting using a Belkin adapter. I also tried connecting using WZC. Neither of these made a difference. I even tried changing the channel of my network, but that didn't work either. I've cleaned the WinXP and it starts up at normal speed, is only extremely slow when loading web pages.

A:Wireless WinXP very slow to load web pages

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First time poster - not sure where this belongs. Bear with me.

Last night I decided to upgrade to Norton Internet security 2007 - Big mistake. After 90 mins of misc WinXp crashes and reboots I went to bed (1:00a.m.) And continued this a.m. (sun 4-15). After nummerous "memory low" msgs, more "Windows has experienced a problem and needs to shutdown" msgs and inability to get a successful "LiveUpdate" from Symantec I decided to uninstall the software, which required a restart of the system. That's when it got REAL ugly.

When my PC boots it stops at a login dialog box (don't know why as I never use a login). So, I press ENTER, as usual, and the PC saves my settings (how thoughtful) and reboots. ARRRGGGGH!!! This sequence just loops and I can't get ANYTHING to load . I haven't a clue as to where the original WinXP SP2 CDs areand am at a loss as to my next step. Can some one help? Please!

FYI - the system has the following:
HP w 1 gig ram
2 internal HDs @ 80g each
1 ext HD @ 320g



A:Uninstalled Norton 2007 now WinXP won't load

First boot to Safe Mode

Then run Start>Run type "msconfig" and set-up a diagnostic start-up the has anything "Norton" or "Symantec" turned off.

This should get you running well enough to start doing a manual uninstall of Norton.

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Hi guys,

here's my problem. I've just installed a new dvd burner into my computer, in the BIOS it's detected correctly, but when it comes to load Windows, it takes several minutes, and the drive does not show up in My Computer.

If I put back my dvd-rom, there's no problem, Windows is loading normally.

My Windows version is XP Pro with SP2 installed. Every update are done. I've scanned with AntiVir Premium and there's no virus, I've scanned with SpyBot 1.4, Spyware Doctor & Ad-aware, and there's no spyware detected.

One of my friend told me that he once had this problem, when he had formatted his computer, but without doing anything the problem solved by itself...

Every suggestion are welcome...

Thanks in advance,

A:New DVD burner = WinXP takes several minutes to load...

With the old burner installed, try this:

Open Device Manager, View, Show Hidden Devices.

Delete ALL the optical drives you see in DM.

Shutdown, swap to the new drive.

Boot up and see if that makes a difference.

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I'm having some kind of virus or god knows what on my network.

It started with my PC that I got a constant errors that TeaTimer.exe has got an error and I could press "Retry, Cancel and OK". None of the choices made a difference since the message kept popping up. After a while (minutes) it didn't anymore. I decided to Reboot. Then on the stage where the OS loads up (after the booting sequence and before the password entrance in windows) It resets the computer. That goes on and on. Can't go to Safe Mode - same thing happens there too.
I was OK with that and knew I'll install a fresh installation of WinXP in a few days.

BUT then my Notebook had the same signs (TeaTimer.exe errors) and suddenly I found it shutdown. Trying to reboot giving me resets on the stage I need to enter my password to windows.
Safemode loads properly so it seems.

Both computers run Spybot and AVG Free.

Any leads ???
Thanks a lot...

Edit: I've used WinXP Restore to recover my notebook. It's back on track for now. Going to scan the fella from head to toe. Still can't load my PC.

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Just loaded WinXP after reformating my dicks (due to some crazy virus). My intial intention was just to repair my OS then it became clear I had to reformat it which took all day yesterday, and I know before doing this I would lose EVERYTHING saved on the disks. I just dont know how to get drivers and programs back.
I have no Wireless Network Connection....only 1394 Connection.
I think that if I can get online from that computer, I should be ok.
Help me get online please!


A:Just reformated and Installed WinXP and dont know how to load everything again

Use another computer with a cd burner to download and burn the drivers to a disk and you are golden.

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I've been having a problem for a week where my computer is very sluggish on startup. It will load some programs like Firefox - and once Firefox is loaded it runs fine, unless I'm streaming video then it noticeably sluggish - only with the video not the audio. Some programs will run but will take forever to load, some programs won't load at all like Steam or other games or programs that seem to take a lot of memory.

Also, when I reboot, everytime a program error occurs before shutdown that says ".Dll Failed to Initialize". Each time it is a different program, sometimes a program I tried to run, or sometimes just a startup program. I believe whatever is keeping the dll's to initialize must be the root of the problem.

I've ran Ccleaner, multiple registry cleaning programs, error sweeper, reinstalled KBD.exe, I even System Restored my system to FACTORY settings and this problem still persists. It may be malware but I've ran a few programs and they have not cured the problem. Anyone know what's up?

Right now I'm running a HP with WINXP / SP2 installed, Athlon XP 2800+, 767 RAM, Radeon 9800 PRO.

HiJack This File:
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\nhksrv.exe
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A:[SOLVED] WinXp Failure to Load Dll Files

Hi shagen and welcome to TSF !

What's the exact model of your HP computer ?

I can't see anything fishy in your HJT log so this has to be some regular software or hardware problem, especially if you reinstalled your system from scratch.


I even System Restored my system to FACTORY settings

What do you exactly mean by that, what method did you use to restore the system to factory settings ? System restore is accessed by the start menu => all programs => accessories => system tools => system restore. It will allow you to restore the computer to some previous restore point (if Windows created any) but not to the factory settings.
Do you mean that you accessed the recovery utility at startup (before Windows loads) or booted on the CD that came with the computer to make a destructive recovery and restore the computer to factory defaults ? If you made a complete system recovery then the problem is not likely to be malware related.

Make sure that your computer is updated with all the latest critical updates from Windows update. Also check that you've installed all the latest drivers for your hardware.

What are your virtual memory settings ? Run the task manager by pressing ctrl+alt+del and go to the performances tab. Post a screenshot of what you see there. To post a screenshot press the printscreen (or prt scr) key on the keyboard, then go to start => all programs => accessories => paint, click edit =... Read more

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Laptop is a Samsung R510 running Vista.
When it is switched on, it gets stuck on the Samsung BIOS load screen. The F2 (Setup) and F4 (Recovery) buttons don't work unless they are pressed straight away. But when they are pressed it says 'Please Wait', but nothing happens.
I have changed the CMOS battery, but it hasn't helped.

I have also taken the hard drive out and turned it on, still the same.  Each RAM stick has been tried on its own, and it is still the same.
Can anyone help?

A:Laptop Stuck On BIOS Load Screen/Won't Load Vista

Have you tried booting into Safe Mode?
Start tapping the F8 key immediately after pressing the power button.

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Hello. I'm using a Wiimote as I cannot access WinXP on my computer, so it is very hard to type and browse the internet.

I have a Gateway GX7018E desktop with Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2. It has an Intel Pentium 4 Processor 630, with a proccessing speed of 3 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache. There is 1024 MB DDR.

Yesterday, someone with little computer knowledge went to shut down the computer. They say that they went to Turn Off Computer, selected Turn Off, and then a curious message appeared on the screen asking if they wanted the computer to turn on when the computer was restarted. They answered no, thinking that meant the computer would not shut down. Since then the computer will only show a black screen when the power button is turned on. The fan becomes very loud, which is normal at startup, except for the fact that it's now staying loud and never becoming quieter. Everything is plugged in, including the monitor. A message will only appear saying that the monitor is working, yet to check the power cable or monitor cable despite that these things appear to be fine, including the prongs. Something like this message has always appeared when starting up on this particular monitor, which is a Gateway. I have tried a different monitor that I know works with other computers, but still only recieve a black screen. The problem appears to be with the computer itself and not the monitor.

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A:Computer will only show black screen, won't load WinXP

Hello and welcome to the forum,

Replace power supply unit.

Go here and this will show you a diagram of how to replace your supply yourself.

I would recommend one of these brands here:


of atleast 400 watts. You will probably find this cheaper online than at stores themselves.

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Hello all, this is my first post here. I'm a college student; majoring in computer systems engineering technology. Classes don't start for spring until the end of the week, so I can't have my professors help me, so I'm using fourms to fix my problem. Here it is:

I'm currently working on a Dell Inspirion 1501, AMD 64x Dual Core, 1GB RAM, 100 GB HDD, Windows XP Media Center Edition, SP2.

The original problem was a registry error message that was coming up at startup, and Internet Explorer 7 would not load the Internet even though everything with the Local Area Connection was fine.

These problems were fixed by: Uninstalling Internet Explorer 7, and running TuneUp2008, which has a registry cleaner, which fixed several problems. Everything seemed to work fine after this; up until I attempted to use Spyware Blaster and Ad-Aware. The computer was not allowing them to access the internet.
Checked the Windows Firewall, and added the programs to the exceptions list, still nothing.

Then I realized that they had Norton Internet Security 2006 installed, so figuring that it was the Norton firewall blocking those programs I attempted to open Norton. The program would not open, and would freeze. After several unsuccessful attempts to uninstall Norton, (I was recieving some error message aboue being logged into Norton as an Admin user, but since Norton would not open, I could not do this) I found the solution on the internet, a file from Symtematec, I ran it, and... Read more

A:WinXP won't load; chkdsk repeatedly runs and reboots

This may be a possible fix...

How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting;en-us;307545

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Hello, well last night I had tried to update .NET Framework for my HP a1110y computer. I was directly updating this from the Microsoft website. My computer popped up saying that it could not install due to an error. As I went to grab a piece of paper and pen (I was sitting at my desk and this next thing happened literally within 45 seconds), McAfee popped up saying that I had a Trojan (didn't have time to read it) and then the computer crashed and went to the blue screen of death. It then told me there was an error with the OS that caused the crash and if this was the first time I had seen this error to restart the computer. I restarted and nothing. It loaded the Startup window (where it mentions which keys to press to enter the BIOS, Setup, or Recovery). I chose the recovery option, and it started the process and then errored out. I pulled out my WindowsXP Recovery Disks that I created using my Windows OS a couple years back. I went ahead and chose to do a full reinstall since I had nothing on this HDD to lose. Everything appeared to install just fine, however, when it restarted to Windows, the Windows splash screen appeared, then went to a black error screen with the following error: load Kernel Dll files
I did run the recovery console and checked the HDD for any errors. It found one and corrected it. I also ran McAfee and it found no viruses. I am at a loss as to fix this one. I fortunately do have an OEM Windows XP disc that has been unused (I bought it for another co... Read more

A:Error: load Dll for Kernel files; after reinstall of WinXP

Try booting into safe mode and using command prompt, run chkdsk.

To boot into safe mode:
After you see the manufacturers logo, repeatedly hit F8 (usually) and you will get a list of choices, choose "Safe Mode" at the top. Then after you are logged into safe mode, go to:
Start --> Run --> in the text box type cmd --> type chkdsk

it will scan and let you know of any problems, if it says to, run chkdsk /r, it may say /f.

Let me know if that works!

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Hello all, this is my first post here. I'm a college student; majoring in computer systems engineering technology. Classes don't start for spring until the end of the week, so I can't have my professors help me, so I'm using fourms to fix my problem. Here it is:

I'm currently working on a Dell Inspirion 1501, AMD 64x Dual Core, 1GB RAM, 100 GB HDD, Windows XP Media Center Edition, SP2.

The original problem was a registry error message that was coming up at startup, and Internet Explorer 7 would not load the Internet even though everything with the Local Area Connection was fine.

These problems were fixed by: Uninstalling Internet Explorer 7, and running TuneUp2008, which has a registry cleaner, which fixed several problems. Everything seemed to work fine after this; up until I attempted to use Spyware Blaster and Ad-Aware. The computer was not allowing them to access the internet.
Checked the Windows Firewall, and added the programs to the exceptions list, still nothing.

Then I realized that they had Norton Internet Security 2006 installed, so figuring that it was the Norton firewall blocking those programs I attempted to open Norton. The program would not open, and would freeze. After several unsuccessful attempts to uninstall Norton, (I was recieving some error message aboue being logged into Norton as an Admin user, but since Norton would not open, I could not do this) I found the solution on the internet, a file from Symtematec, I ran it, and it s... Read more

A:Winxp Won't Load; Chkdsk Repeatedly Runs And Reboots

A registry entry can cause chkdsk to run on each boot - but so can having the "dirty bit" set on the hard drive (a more likely, IMO, scenario). Unfortunately, I know of no way (short of editing the disk directly) to reset this bit - it usually requires a full format to reset it.

That being said, I'd suggest running a bootable hard drive diagnostic from the manufacturer of the hard drive. Most manufacturere's have one available for free. If one isn't readily availablt, then I'd suggest Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test to check the drive.

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My Xp Home PC has 4 user profiles. I remember when first setting up the PC I did the following:

Used 2 hard-drives:

1st Hard-drive: Only storing the Operating system
2nd Hard-drive: For storing applications, photos, documents etc

Now, when I load my profile, it takes 3 full minutes till i can use the desktop. I have delete some big programs. I tried editing the registry, bootvis, no change. I even went to MSconfig and disabled all the start up programs and non xp services.

Anyone got ideas how to speed up my user profile?



A:WinXp Home slow to load my user profile


Check Task Manager and notice if any process consume too much RAM or CPU usage...

You should clean the system with ATF cleaner or CCleaner...

Also, run a virus scan, maybe it is infected...

Keep us posted...

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