BSOD after new installation of WinXP

Thermaltake / Xaser
August 5, 2011 at 00:10:17
Specs: WinXP, 1gb
I've been trying for days to reinstall Windows XP from a USB flash drive to a netbook to no avail.

Not matter what tutorial or tool i tried it never worked. I was able to get the flash drive prepped with XP ready to go but as soon as it tries to install, i get errors (either about NTLDR missing or some other error i can't remember). WinXP was already installed at the time but full of spyware and suspected viruses so I wanted to do a clean install.

Well, i gave up with that idea as it was going nowhere fast and decided to take the HDD out of the netbook and delete the partition, format the drive again and install WinXP from within my desktop which runs SATA2.

Everyone during the Windows install went spot on. As soon as installation finished, I took the HDD out of the desktop and put it back into the netbook but as soon as i turned it on, straight after the Windows logo screen, BSOD.

Tried a restart a couple of time, safe mode etc but BSOD every time.

Is there a solution to installing windows to this sata drive and transferring it back into the netbook? If not is there a tool that actually works when installing XP from a flash drive?

Is it worth taking the HDD out again, delete the partition and then try and run the install from flash and let it create a partition and format from there?

This is doing my head in now and i've had enough of wasting my time on this.

BTW the netbook is an Acer Aspire One if that helps and I have set the BIOS to boot from USB HDD (flash) when trying to install from flash. Could there be another setting i'm missing?

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August 5, 2011 at 01:06:35
The reason for the BSOD is because the Windows installation is expecting the same hardware as the machine used for the install. However, you may be able to get away with doing a repair install from your bootable USB drive. I did this once, although both computers had similar (mostly) hardware. You may need to integrate the SATA drivers into the files on the USB drive.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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August 5, 2011 at 03:51:20
How do i do a repair install from USB? Just create a bootable USB drive with the installation files like I was already trying to do?

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August 5, 2011 at 06:05:15
You need to do a fresh install in the netbook due to the hardware differences, especially the SATA controller. You're going to have to create a new XP disc with the netbook SATA drivers slipstreamed into it, then install from an external CD/DVD drive or figure out how to properly configure a bootable USB flash drive.

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August 5, 2011 at 08:39:58
What about if i do another partial install where it copies all the files to the hard drive and after the first restart, take out the hard drive, put back into netbook and let it carry on installing. At that point it should have only copied the files across for installing and not installed any drivers.

Would XP installation still need to read the disc for installing windows or is it all done from the files that were copied across in the character based screens?

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August 5, 2011 at 12:00:51
XP does not natively support SATA drives. You MUST install the SATA drivers at the very start of the Windows installation, or create an completely new XP CD with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. If you attempt to install on a different system then swap, you will get the BSOD.

Once you've created the new XP disc, use it to create your bootable flash drive.

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