I know there are a million of these threads (and I have already looked through tons of them), but I can't seem to find any help regarding my specific problem.
Basically, I am unable to get through the installation process of Windows XP on a newer laptop of mine. I am getting a consistant blue screen of death at the same point of the installation each time, and I have tried different XP installation discs and even prepared a USB drive with the installation setup and still get a BSOD. The blue screen appears right as the setup appears to have loaded the files for the setup, it never loads into the screen where you pick your partition to install the OS onto.
The laptop came preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and I attempted to install it while Windows 7 was still installed, but kept getting the BSOD, so I used Kill Disc to wipe the drive clean. Still no luck. Again, I have tried 2 different Windows XP Home 32-bit CD's, as well as a USB prepared install (using one of the discs as an ISO).
Any ideas? Sorry for another one of these threads but I need help!!!!
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Have you any way of trying installing on a different manufacturer virgin hard drive just to ensure it's not a laptop-specific problem? A drive that hasn't been tainted at all by a prior OS install?
I realize after KillDisk that should be a non-issue, but these days, with constantly changing disk technology it's hard to be 100% certain that security operations remain absolutely effective between program version releases.
Alternatively, you might try installing your XP on THAT hard drive, but with the drive plugged into a "normal" desktop computer (or possibly even a different laptop) instead of THAT laptop.
edit to add:
Also, you might try installing Win7 (NOT using any media/restore software that came with that laptop) on THAT HDD with THAT laptop, just to see if that's successful. As far as I know we still don't have to go through the authentication process just to install a temporary working version. Don't we still have the "30-days to authenticate" option?
edit to add some scary thoughts:
It's certainly technically possible for a manufacturer to sign an agreement with Microsoft to build-in a BIOS-level restriction to installing any lower version of Windows (or even Linux?) in order to get a cheaper price on the Windows7 license.
I suppose it's also possible that a recent low-level HDD security "feature" is preventing installing a new OS...although of it's part of a new standard I can't think when that change would have been made.
This is the only sata laptop hard drive I have. I could try the install on my desktop machine, but I dont want to until it is a last resort. I've used this CD with 100 computers I am sure it is something to do with the laptop.
I poked around in the BIOS and found an option to switch the hard drive mode (AHCI or IDE). It was set to AHCI by default, but even after changing it to IDE (as per a few articles I found via google that seemed to solve the issue) still the same BSOD at the same spot.
Unfortunately, it being a laptop, there aren'y many other advanced BIOS options, none that I would think to fix the problem.
After more reserch, this problem is more properly named "Setup is starting BSOD" because the blue screen appears right as Windows finishes loading drivers and then says "Setup is starting".
I am trying a Windows 7 installation now (which is essentially what I want in the long run).
I have an upgrade key for Home Premium 32-bit, and 64-bit was installed (key used to install on my new desktop). I need to have XP on the machine before I install Windows 7 for the key to work... I think... I'll know for sure in a few minutes.
Whoops! I'd forgotten about the AHCI issue, as I've never seen it set as the default before. But of course even it hadn't been the default, YOU could have set it to AHCI when you got the laptop. So, my bad on that one.
I'm sure you know this, but to be certain...when I suggested trying to install the WinXP on THAT HDD on a "normal" desktop computer...
I wasn't implying you should then move the HDD back to the laptop and run whilst using that installation, if that's the reason why you seem to be hesitant to try this. I was merely suggesting it as one temporary setup/test to help isolate what's causing the problem. I'd think it really oughtn't take that long.
Isn't it possible on the newer laptops to install to and boot from an external USB drive? (e.g. the new ones natively support FULL POST-time USB/disk functionality?) So one could theoretically install to and boot from a 3.5" SATA drive? I remember reading something about that but my laptop is maybe ~7 years old so I can't really verify that.
I know eSATA should provide that functionality (as long as you are NOT using an interposing interface/docking station that isolates the drive from direct connection to the SATA port). Although I suppose it's always possible some laptop has a twisted and bizarre BIOS that specifically screws around with the eSATA connectivity and differentiates between it and the internal SATA port (e.g. forces eSATA port always to be AHCI while letting the user define AHCI/IDE for the internal SATA).
The most frustrating blue screen computer errors are basically caused by some physical faults such as faulty memory, power supplies, overheating of PC components, or hardware running beyond its limits, device driver conflicts etc.
If you see the blue screen and halts occur in boot process, and also notice some specific error message appear on your screen, this indicates a serious issues most probably due to inappropriate device driver or firmware .Blue screen is really an annoying issue and creates a lot of trouble to the end user.
Follow these steps to fix a Blue Screen in Safe Mode
Once booting start, select "Safe Mode" from the boot menu.
Scan your hard drive by running your antivirus software . If the program locates an infection, move it to your vault or follow the on-screen instructions. After program completion, if a virus was removed, attempt to reboot your computer and see if this clears up the problem. If not, restart your computer in safe mode.
Restore your computer to a previous point. Click on the "Start" button. Select "All Programs", "Accessories", "System Tools" and finally "System Restore". Choose a restore point on or before the last day your computer worked without error. Finally Reboot your computer to see if it loads correctly.
well some new computers don't support windows xp therefore you can install just windows 7 on them. I am not sure if yours is one of them but you can always make sure by checking the bios, if ever you see it's just for windows 7 then that's all what you can install.
hey .... hello everybody....
i have figured it out...
go to bios settings, change ur sata controller to auto/ compatible....
and try installing the windows
or the second option is a bit technical
take the hdd out of ur laptop
then kill the partition of the disk using sata connector through a usb connection
once killed then try the above step one .... hope it might work
Well it is always normaly ocurances in most computers, i have experence that problem when tried installin server 2003 in my desttop. But i get to understand that my hard drive do not support any other OS then the currently runing xp. I gess maybe ur harddisk is specificely built for window 7 sometimes it just happen to be so. If u are disperate of havin xp in your laptop i advise you try another hard drive with your laptop and try installin it with the xp, if the problem presist, then you get to no that your laptop is specificely mean't for window 7 OS. Good luck, buddy.