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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You may be able to halt the fast reboot ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Unable to load XP Pro as ...

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).

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PC Model

by mike In reply to You may be able to halt t ...

No repair partition as I installed the original OS myself which is what I'm using for the upgrade / repair instal.

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Try this for a start

by Jacky Howe In reply to Unable to load XP Pro as ...

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"
Compatability unknown...

Seagate "Seatools"
Works with Seagate drives only

Let us know the outcome.

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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.

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Eh? The 'other' partition works OK?? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Hard Drive

Now I'm confused.

"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."

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 ?

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

<First-coffee typo!>

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Second Instal

by mike In reply to Eh? The 'other' partition ...

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.

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Try this

by Jacky Howe 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 >

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So if I understand this correctly

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Unable to load XP Pro as ...

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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