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Windows XP Pro Installation Freeze

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Just recently I've tried to install Windows XP Pro on a friends computer. First thing I did is removed all his partitions and created an NTFS partition and formatted it in WinXP Setup. Installation goes through almost smoothly, then at 7 minutes left, halfway through the Saving Settings bar, it freezes, no response from mouse keyboard ect. Ive tried this over 4 times, it freezes at the exact same spot every time with 7 minutes remaining. Ive searched for problem this but most people seem to have it freezing at the 30 min. range when installation of drivers occur. I would really appreciate some help. Thanks
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    faust

    Had this problem today... I swapped out drives thinking I had a bad drive, same issue with a new drive.

    The solution:

    Eject the Windows XP install CD from your CDROM and watch it complete.

    Amazing...

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    sbyrd07

    yup, sure enough eject the cd and it will finish the countdown.. i registered just to post this, it really does work! i couldn't believe this when i read it and i couldn't believe that's all it takes to fix the problem. tried reinstalling windows 4 times.. just take the cd out..

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    edwardhorne

    Was having a similar problem and sure enough ejecting the cd seemed to fix it. Ejected right when it started the last step.

    Also registered just to say that it had worked for me.

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    jschmidt

    I just wanted to say thank you. I have been trying to load XP SP2 on 2 different machines and 3 different hard drives for the past 2 days with the same problem and your solution took care of the problem

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    Also registered just to drop a thank you.

    What a weird fix, thanks for the idea though

    -Dan

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    haohaowan2

    so simple, i never thought of it, stumbled upon this and works.

    i hhad it stuck at 9 minutes with everything going at the save settings and the minute i took out the CD, it prompted me that there is no cd. I clicked continue and voila it goes.

    thanks a bunch

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    effchomsky

    I, like so many before me, have also registered to thank the poster for this solution. I was having the same problem with an install of Server 2003 R2...

    thanks!

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    MsPcTrainer

    Thank you soooo much. This worked!!

    MsPcTrainer

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    Silversoul

    Tried over and over again, and just about to try this method. If this works you're a legend!
    I never thought of it,
    Will update post :)

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    Enemies86

    Never came across this problem before. Reinstalling Windows XP Pro on a Foxconn Motherboard and been stuck on this issue.

    Ran Memtest on the Memory for hours, worked fine. Swapped out hard drives, disabled all non-essentials in the CMOS. Tried pretty much everything short of replacing the Motherboard and as soon as I ejected the CD, fine.

    Registered just to post this. Thanks again.

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    ClutchJuice

    Popping out the CD worked! I searched for far too long for a fix that easy. I feel so stupid too, I kept opening and shutting the drive. Even cleaned the disc, but continued to put it in. Funny thing is, when I would pop it out for a second, it would get closer to completion. I stopped doing it when I didn't see any more progress though. Either way you are genius! Thank you!!!!!

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    coolprathik

    I almost gave up the installation stuff. But just wanted 2 giv a last try to ur technique and it worked.. Hats of buddy... U rule...

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    Lite Cooper

    Amazing!!!
    After 9 hours of trying everything ... a simple eject ...
    Should I write :) :) :) or ...

    Thank you very much!!
    ( I also registered for only to say THANKS!! )

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    electromdc

    I ejected the CD, and it didn't continue. Then I noticed that the memory card dreader (fits in a floppy drive bay) had a blinking light. I unplugged the data cable to the memory card reader (system powered on, xp install still paused) and it worked!!! So, if cd eject alone doesn't work, try unplugging un needed stuff. BTW it was a Dell xps 400.

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    T_the_T

    To keep this thread alive... I too found this fix. The key is ejecting the disk just before the last sequence. I also had a bad stick of RAM that was freezing it well before this stage, and a floppy in the A drive lol.

    Thanks dude!

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    saltrent

    WOW! I can't believe I disassembled the entire machine, device by device, and the solution to this horror was to eject the CDROM.

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    JoinedForThisPost

    After trying to install XP 7 or 8 times, each stalling at 7 minutes, I finally found this post!

    Thanks!!!

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    faust

    Had this problem today... I swapped out drives thinking I had a bad drive, same issue with a new drive.

    The solution:

    Eject the Windows XP install CD from your CDROM and watch it complete.

    Amazing...

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    sbyrd07

    yup, sure enough eject the cd and it will finish the countdown.. i registered just to post this, it really does work! i couldn't believe this when i read it and i couldn't believe that's all it takes to fix the problem. tried reinstalling windows 4 times.. just take the cd out..

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    edwardhorne

    Was having a similar problem and sure enough ejecting the cd seemed to fix it. Ejected right when it started the last step.

    Also registered just to say that it had worked for me.

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    jschmidt

    I just wanted to say thank you. I have been trying to load XP SP2 on 2 different machines and 3 different hard drives for the past 2 days with the same problem and your solution took care of the problem

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    0 Votes

    Also registered just to drop a thank you.

    What a weird fix, thanks for the idea though

    -Dan

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    haohaowan2

    so simple, i never thought of it, stumbled upon this and works.

    i hhad it stuck at 9 minutes with everything going at the save settings and the minute i took out the CD, it prompted me that there is no cd. I clicked continue and voila it goes.

    thanks a bunch

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    effchomsky

    I, like so many before me, have also registered to thank the poster for this solution. I was having the same problem with an install of Server 2003 R2...

    thanks!

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    MsPcTrainer

    Thank you soooo much. This worked!!

    MsPcTrainer

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    Silversoul

    Tried over and over again, and just about to try this method. If this works you're a legend!
    I never thought of it,
    Will update post :)

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    Enemies86

    Never came across this problem before. Reinstalling Windows XP Pro on a Foxconn Motherboard and been stuck on this issue.

    Ran Memtest on the Memory for hours, worked fine. Swapped out hard drives, disabled all non-essentials in the CMOS. Tried pretty much everything short of replacing the Motherboard and as soon as I ejected the CD, fine.

    Registered just to post this. Thanks again.

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    ClutchJuice

    Popping out the CD worked! I searched for far too long for a fix that easy. I feel so stupid too, I kept opening and shutting the drive. Even cleaned the disc, but continued to put it in. Funny thing is, when I would pop it out for a second, it would get closer to completion. I stopped doing it when I didn't see any more progress though. Either way you are genius! Thank you!!!!!

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    coolprathik

    I almost gave up the installation stuff. But just wanted 2 giv a last try to ur technique and it worked.. Hats of buddy... U rule...

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    Lite Cooper

    Amazing!!!
    After 9 hours of trying everything ... a simple eject ...
    Should I write :) :) :) or ...

    Thank you very much!!
    ( I also registered for only to say THANKS!! )

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    electromdc

    I ejected the CD, and it didn't continue. Then I noticed that the memory card dreader (fits in a floppy drive bay) had a blinking light. I unplugged the data cable to the memory card reader (system powered on, xp install still paused) and it worked!!! So, if cd eject alone doesn't work, try unplugging un needed stuff. BTW it was a Dell xps 400.

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    T_the_T

    To keep this thread alive... I too found this fix. The key is ejecting the disk just before the last sequence. I also had a bad stick of RAM that was freezing it well before this stage, and a floppy in the A drive lol.

    Thanks dude!

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    saltrent

    WOW! I can't believe I disassembled the entire machine, device by device, and the solution to this horror was to eject the CDROM.

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    JoinedForThisPost

    After trying to install XP 7 or 8 times, each stalling at 7 minutes, I finally found this post!

    Thanks!!!