Solved xp reinstall, blue screen when loading cd

July 22, 2012 at 05:16:46
Specs: Windows XP, 512MB
Hi all,

I have a Dell laptop handy (a friend's) and it is a Windows XP one, but it has Windows 7 on it and when I'm trying to reinstall Windows XP, once it is loading from CD to perform installation, when trying to bring the option to install, it gives me a blue screen.
I tried to boot to HD with Windows 98 NTFS enabled, but it gives me an error, something like drive error.
I have run chkdsk /f and /r in safe mode with command prompt, from Windows 7, but hasn't fixed anything.
I have also thought of some sort of virus, scanned with AV, but again no help.
I believe the HDD is not faulty, because it is running smoothly (Windows 7), something to do with mbr?
I have been to BIOS and reset everything, but still didn't help, any suggestions?

I need this by today if possible, thanks in advance.


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July 22, 2012 at 06:33:12
You need to wipe out ALL partitions, create new partitions, format, then proceed with the XP install.

July 22, 2012 at 05:37:02
Since you say it's "running smoothly" with Windows 7 installed, why would you want to go back to Windows XP anyway (unless you can't get all the Windows 7 drivers it needs)?

You said it "blue screened" whilst trying to install XP so it would be helpful to know what error messages/error codes were on the blue screen to give us some clues about what's wrong.

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July 22, 2012 at 05:57:15
If you are trying to install over the top of Windows 7, you can't do that. That is by Microsoft design.

WinXP doesn't natively support SATA hard drives. You need to supply the SATA controller drivers either on a floppy or slipstreamed.

I have no idea what Windows 98 NTFS enabled is.

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July 22, 2012 at 06:06:32

Thanks for the quick responses.

The error that I get is:

PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA and some code like 0x0..50 (0XF8B03403, 0X0..0, 0X8080A1E3, 0X0..0)

It's slow and memory wise only 512MB, that's why.

I have previously installed XP on my friend's laptop and I don't think it's SATA.

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July 22, 2012 at 06:07:52
Sorry, it's Windows 98 boot with NTFS enabled. You boot into command prompt.

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July 22, 2012 at 06:33:12
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You need to wipe out ALL partitions, create new partitions, format, then proceed with the XP install.

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July 22, 2012 at 06:48:43
I have been to Microsoft help for this code. Here's what I have done:

Removed added memory, 256, didn't help.
Removed AV, didn't help.

Have run chkdsk /f /r, it was ok.

Now that I'm trying to format (as you said), when trying to boot in to command prompt with Windows 98 boot with NTFS, I get this error:

Disk I/O error,
Replace ...

One question, how I format the HDD within Windows, knowing it won't let me do it?

It don't have a floppy, so I assume I need to make a bootable USB to run any disk utility, because the one I have on CD, doesn't work or may be it's the HDD.


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July 22, 2012 at 07:06:35
Ups! I think I messed it up :(

I was into Disk Management, and in Windows 7, set drive C as the primary (I think Windows 7 uses another partition or so, sorry I have been away from repairing computers for long time) and now even Windows 7 won't boot and it says BOOTMGR missing :(

How do I format the HDD? :(

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July 22, 2012 at 07:20:55
Boot from the XP CD is the correct way to undertake an install, during install it will give options to format the hard drive..............

If you want to wipe hard drive use:

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July 22, 2012 at 08:16:51
I don't get to that page to format, this is the problem.

I have set up a Windows 98 boot CD and managed to run fdisk to delete all partitions.
It's not booting from CD now and I think the computer is warmed up :) So I left it for now.

Will ask more,


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July 22, 2012 at 08:30:56
You can't use fdisk to delete NTFS partitions. What type of WinXP CD do you have? If it is a bootable CD you don't need the Win98 boot CD.

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July 22, 2012 at 09:06:03
Have you ever installed XP before? You need to wipe the slate clean, especially since Win7 creates a hidden boot partition that MUST be removed. Toss that Win98 NTFS disc in the garbage. Everything can be done using the XP disc.

Boot off the XP disk, delete ALL partitons so that all you have is unallocated space, then create at least 2 new partitions (one for Windows, one for storage), format using NTFS, then proceed with the install.

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July 22, 2012 at 10:10:06
Wait a minute gents!

First who says you cannot delete NTFS with fdisk? You delete 'none-dos' partition, simple!

And I think you didn't read what I posted! It does not bring install option and etc from Windows XP cd!

Anyway, thanks to all. I managed to use DOS (Win98) fdisk to sort the problem out and now, it is installing Windows XP.

Cheers !

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