|Your motherboard's bios MUST detect the hard drive you're trying to install Windows on. |
Does it ?
Go into the bios Setup and make sure the hard drive is being detected.
If it IS being detected.....
You must boot your computer FROM THE XP CD in order to install Windows on the hard drive.
When the XP CD is in a drive and then you boot the computer, if your bios Setup Boot Order or similar settings are set correctly, or if you choose to boot from CD-rom or similar while booting when prompted to choose a boot device and you press a key for that
- if the hard drive already has a Windows 2000 or up installation on it, you should see a line while booting "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar - press the stated key while that line is on the screen to boot from the CD.
- if the hard drive does NOT already have a Windows installation on it, the XP CD should automatically load it's initial files (without you seeing "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar).
Is your hard drive a SATA drive ?
The Windows XP CDs have no built in support for SATA drive controllers.
If the motherboard's bios Setup has the SATA drive controllers in SATA or AHCI mode, the initial files loaded from the XP CD by default will NOT detect any SATA drive controllers and therefore will NOT detect any SATA drives.
If your bios Setup IS set so the SATA drive controllers are in SATA or AHCI mode. then the EASIEST way to fix the problem of the XP CD not detecting SATA drives is to change the setting in the bios so the SATA drive controllers are in an IDE compatible mode of some sort, then SATA drives WILL be detected by the XP CD, as IDE compatible drives.
After Setup has finished, you can load the drivers for your mboard including the drivers for the SATA drive controllers, and then change the setting in the bios so the SATA drive controllers are in SATA or AHCI mode, so the SATA drives can achieve their full burst max data transfer speed..
Whatever the setting is, it's presently set to SATA or AHCI, it's changeable, and it can be changed to an IDE compatible mode of some sort, save bios settings.
There are MANY causes for the STOP:0X0000008E
Search the web with: STOP:0X0000008E
to find possible causes.
The FIRST thing you should try is this.....
See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
For a laptop, or netbook, you must remove both its main battery and AC adapter before you do that.
For a brand name computer, see the Owner's or User's manual if you need to - how to remove or replace the ram is usually in that - it may already be in your installed programs. If you can't get into Windows, it may be on a disk that came with the computer, or you can go online and look at it or download it - it's in the downloads for your specific model.
For a generic desktop computer, see the mboard manual if you need to - how to remove or replace the ram is usually in that.
What was the reason you were installing Windows ?
Were you having problems with a previous XP installation on the same computer ?
If Yes, tell us all about your problems.