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    Unable to load XP Pro as an upgrade


    by mike ·

    My XP Os developed a problem and would no longer boot. No idea why the problem occurred was fine when switched off but next day no boot. tried system restore but part way through it hung and woudn’t go any further. After that it simply refused to boot saying files were missing. I am now trying an upgrade instal. everything go’s fine until the instal devices section about two thirds of the way through this it hits a fatal error and reboots. I dont know the error number as the system reboots too quickly.

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    • #2566956


      by mike ·

      In reply to Unable to load XP Pro as an upgrade


    • #2566955

      You may be able to halt the fast reboot …

      by older mycroft ·

      In reply to Unable to load XP Pro as an upgrade

      Try going into your BIOS.

      There should be a entry named something like “System restart on error” – disable it.

      I doubt if you will be successful with an Upgrade install, until you have sorted out the currently damaged operating system.

      If you have your original OS disc(s), I would advise using that route to attempt an In-Place Repair Install. If that fails you should reformat and start from scratch.

      Without knowing the make and model of your computer I was just wondering – does it maybe have a Recovery Partition built into the hard drive? That would restore it to Factory Conditions in just a few minutes, no matter what the damage to the OS (barring Hard drive failure).

    • #2566952

      Try this for a start

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to Unable to load XP Pro as an upgrade

      You can use the Hard Drive Makers Testing Utility to Test the Drive

      Hitachi / IBM – DFT “Drive Fitness Test”
      Works with all manufacturers

      Western Digital “Data Lifeguard”
      Works with WD drives only

      Fujitsu “FJDT”
      Works with fujitsu models only

      Samsung “hutil”…ties/hutil.htm
      Compatability unknown…

      Seagate “Seatools”
      Works with Seagate drives only

      Let us know the outcome.

      • #2566950

        Hard Drive

        by mike ·

        In reply to Try this for a start

        I dont believe ther’s a problem with the hard drive itself as it is a 250gb split in half and the other half is working fine with XP installed.

        • #2566946

          Eh? The ‘other’ partition works OK?? …

          by older mycroft ·

          In reply to Hard Drive

          Now I’m confused.

          “[i]I dont believe ther’s a problem with the hard drive itself as it is a 250gb split in half and the other half is working fine with XP installed.[/i]”

          You’ve got a problem installing an XP Pro Upgrade that hangs at some point and this is the same installation disc that you originally used to install from -BUT- the other partition runs fine?

          What are you saying here ?

          Where’s the problem ?

          [b]Sometimes, getting a steady flow of information from an OP is like eating spaghetti with chopsticks!![/b]

        • #2566945

          Second Instal

          by mike ·

          In reply to Eh? The ‘other’ partition works OK?? …

          I put iton the second half so I could do this. The first half as some info I would like to recover. I can actualy access the files from this instalation. but access is denied to the my docs folder.

        • #2566944

          Try this

          by rob miners ·

          In reply to Second Instal

          How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

          How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP

          Windows Explorer does not keep permissions on files that are moved in the same NTFS drive. The permissions are always inherited from the parent folder.

          Boot up in Safe Mode and logon as an Administrator. Create a Folder on your Hard Drive, name it EG:tmp Navigate to the folder that you need access to and right mouse click on it.
          Select copy and paste it on your tmp folder on your Hard Drive. Rename the folder. Remove the USB Drive.
          Restart the PC, logon as an Administrator and navigate to the new folder and see if you have access.

          If this dosn’t work it will if you create a BartPE bootable CD and follow the above steps.

          Bart’s Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD

 Boot CD

          < didn't need this bit insert the USB Drive >

    • #2460398

      So if I understand this correctly

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to Unable to load XP Pro as an upgrade

      The system is hanging then rebooting part way through the XP install is that correct?

      If it is you first need to test the Hardware for problems so get your self a copy of the Ultimate Boot Cd from here

      Burn it to CD and then boot this system off the CD and test all of your Computers Hardware Starting with the RAM and CPU but not necessarily in that order. When you find the problem fix it and complete the Scan of the system to make sure that there are no other problems.

      If the system passes all tests remove the RAM and only refit 1 Stick then try to load again. Many times RAM is added with has a different timing to the Original RAM and this causes problems with the system becoming unstable. While it works properly when you have more than 1 Stick involved the RAM can create issues between th different sticks and cause a problem.


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