Can't install win xp - hardware configuration error

December 9, 2012 at 05:45:10
Specs: Windows XP

My pc crashed and i deleted all the partitions on my harddisk, so that is was cleaned up. Then i put the Windows XP disk files on my USB so that i could boot from it. And i boot from the USB and i runned part 1 of the Win XP setup, and made a new partition etc. and it installed the files on it. Then i had to reboot and went to part 2. But when i run 1 of the second parts, it says: "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your harware reference manuals for additional information". PLEASE HELP ME!!!

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December 9, 2012 at 05:51:57

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December 9, 2012 at 06:17:06

@phil22 Thnx for the answer, i will try it right now!

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December 9, 2012 at 06:37:53

Uhm, i expanded the file, but when i go back to the second part of the install it says exactly the same, any more options? Thanks in advance...

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December 9, 2012 at 07:36:49

A couple of things come to mind. First off, copying the CD to the flash drive won't work. You need to create an ISO file and install that to the flash drive.

Second things is that WinXP can't configure SATA controllers natively. You either need to supply the SATA controller drivers at start up, slipstream them into the files before making the ISO, or if available, set your BIOS to configure the SATA hard drive to run in an IDE compatibility mode.

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December 9, 2012 at 07:40:56

It is by no means certain that the original crash was a software fault - it could just as easily have been hardware. If it was hardware, by attempting a Windows reload we could now have a software issue too.

One option is to make a Live Linux CD (on another computer) and boot with it.
This runs from just RAM and CD but you can access your Windows files on the HD.
It will give a better clue as to where the problem lies (or doesn't).

Whatever, watch this space for other ideas too.

I overlapped with above post - both typing at once probably.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 9, 2012 at 07:49:25

Thnx for the reply, but in WHAT files do i need to slipstream them? In a specified folder or so? Please reply a.s.a.p.

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December 9, 2012 at 07:52:09

Another thing, ehm i'm dutch btw, and i don't really get what you're talking about, could you maybe explain it a little detailed and easier please, thanks.

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December 9, 2012 at 07:56:09

Btw i used WinSetupFromUSB, and i did it before and it worked fine then though... :d

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December 9, 2012 at 15:37:57

If you have a SATA hard drive then look at the link to nliteos to slipstream the files. The files need to be downloaded from the computer makers site or the motherboard makers site.

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