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By saber0091 ·
I have a problem with installing Windows Xp Professional. It is not a hardware problem, or a BIOS problem. I have tried replacing every single bit of hardware and even using the disc in another system altogether and am still getting this error. Ihave installed Windows XP Professional using this disc before, and the disc is undamaged. This is the error: The compuer boots and gets past POST (Every computer tried in), then it tries to boot from the Xp Pro cd, on screen is displayed 'Setup isinspecting the configuration' then it says 'NTDETECT failed' and promptly reboots the computer. The common denominator is that there is only one harddrive installed when I am doing this and it's partitioned in half, with the half designated for XP formatted in NTFS. I am thinking that reformatting the partitioned space to FAT32 might solve it. Anyone with any ideas?

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XP Install failure. Answer not found.

by igp In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

Get another redributable of XP PRO

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by saber0091 In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

Didn't work.

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by saber0091 In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

Reformatting the drive to FAT32 did not solve the problem. The same error is still being given.

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by TheChas In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

I suspect either a bad CD, or a boot sequence problem.

CD-R disks can go bad. Even commercial CDs go bad from scratches and dirt.

To be sure that you are booting from the CD, make sure that the CD is the first or only boot device.

Once there are enough files on the HDD so that it can boot, if the HDD is listed first, the BIOS will attempt to boot from the HDD, and ignore the CD.

Chas

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by saber0091 In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

The CD was tested again and found good, as is the Windows 2000 Pro installation CD I changed to. Though your suggestion on boot order helped get the cd drive to boot when I decided to remove the floppy drive from the boot order to see if that would help with problems (which it didn't).

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by igp In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

Try to:
1) copy disrib to HDD
2) boot from HDD
3) run winnt.exe from HDD

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by saber0091 In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

The computer has no operating system and the HDD has been unformatted most of the times I've tried to get Windows installed. No way to copy the program, or even run it, from the HDD. One of the few times Windows 2000 installed, it was on the second HDD which was completely new and unformatted (an 80Gb Maxtor diamond). But Windows 2000, the times it's actually installed, hasn't been very stable at all and this seems to be a serious symptom of the problem.

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by Bob the Builder In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

Try deleting the partitions on the HDD using FDISK. Also have you tried making the four boot-floppies from the CD? I have had this issue before and the floppies worked a treat.

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by saber0091 In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

Tried reformatting over 16 times, deleting and/or remaking partitions over 25, but it still didn't really work. The floppies did help get the cd to start running though when the XP cd at first decided it didn't want to run. That still didn't shield me from "blue screen of death errors" of several flavors though.

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by saber0091 In reply to XP Install failure. Answ ...

In the many months of trying, the NTDETECT error went away, but I'm still not able to install Windows. The NTDETECT error seemed to trigger whenever I had more than one partition setup on the old Quantum Fireball 1ct (20Gb) drive I want to use as the system drive. I then changed to Windows 2000 pro from trying to install Windows XP, because of features. Microsoft in their databases recommended formatting the drive with an >1Gb partition and installing Windows and using a program on the install CD to find the <u>correct</u> geometry of the drive to stick in the NTLDR. My install CD has not that program. But using the one small partition works perfectly, <u>IF</u> I can get the Windows install cd to run. I have a 48x24x48 liteon drive, and the cd runs very slowly on it though the cd runs very fast on other computers. The cd has been used recently to install, and so is good. Windows installion (the bootup style one) will occasionally give me "Blue screen of death errors", several different ones in fact, while trying to <u>INSTALL</u>. Any ideas, given this new information?

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