internal error ... initializing COM

Dell / Dimension 9150
February 25, 2009 at 10:03:24
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium D 2.80Ghz/2GB
problem:
when trying to install Windows 7 Beta, (via
DVD loaded through WinXP) i receive the error
message "Windows encountered an internal
error while initializing COM"

background:
received a blue screen of death after trying
to repartition my XP hd only to reboot to
windows XP not functioning properly (unable
to drag icons, copy/paste, or view taskbar
(systray was fine)).
thought i would reinstall XP or try out beta
of Windows 7 but can't seem to install.


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#1
February 25, 2009 at 10:34:10
Boot to the XP CD and run a Repair. If you want to install 7, create a separate partition for it using a Partitioning software.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#2
February 25, 2009 at 10:51:36
i had created a partition for Windows 7 and hoped the installation software would prompt me to choose a partition when installing it.

in booting from the WinXP cd, and selecting Repair i receive the following error message:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives in your computer


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#3
February 25, 2009 at 11:29:56
Is the HDD SATA? If so, you'll need to download the SATA drivers, reboot to the XP CD again, and install the drivers after being prompted for and pressing F6.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#4
February 26, 2009 at 11:04:37
Yes, my HDD is SATA, but i don't have a floppy disk drive so i had to slipstream my win xp setup cd (side note: a useful instruction was available at: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Inst...

i'm still not sure why i had problems to begin with, but at least i have a somewhat working version of XP now. now all i need to do is track down the rest of my driver drivers.

thanks for your help!


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