Reinstalling Windows

Dell / XPS M140
March 30, 2009 at 07:53:29
Specs: Windows XP
I tried to reinstall windows on my computer and failed, miserably.

I had a real nasty bug so I reinstalled XP Pro. Come to find out, my XP Pro disk was for a different computer and wouldn't "activate" with the codes I tried to use - Microsoft and Dell are no help with this.

I tried to reinstall AGAIN using my XP Home CD (booting from cd) that actually came with the computer and it won't work. It gets to the part where it should repartitian and format the drive but it comes up with a long error message (at bottom of post).

Also, I tried to reinstall while my XP Pro was open, just putting the disk in. It said it couldn't install because the current version (Pro) is newer than the version on the CD (Home).

I don't really care which version of XP I end up with, but I do want to be able to do windows updates and stuff like that so windows needs to be activated.

Error Message during Installation via boot from disk:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your comptuer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the stop message, disable the drive or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters.

Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:
*** STOP: 0x00000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF75DD0BF, 0x7Fa29208, 0xF7A28F08)

*** pci.sys - Address F75DD0BF base at F75D6000, DateStamp 3b7d855c

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March 30, 2009 at 08:04:22
You can't reinstall Windows from within Windows. Reboot the computer and press Ctrl-F11. You will then have the option to restore from the Recovery Partition.


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April 2, 2009 at 03:36:00
What's the status of the machine at the moment? It sounds like you successfully installed XP pro - but it won't activate, and XP Home failed, so does the machine have unactivated copy of XP pro currently?

It doesn't make sense that XP Pro should install and XP Home not (on a clean install basis). I've had that 7E (or rather a number of 7Es) message when trying a repair reinstall usually after replacing a motherboard. And it appears during the second part of the install (after 1st reboot). So what exactly are you doing with the XP Home install? (I'd expect to boot from the CD, choose new install rather than repair, then on the partitioning screen where you choose where to install, I'd remove the current (XP pro) partition and create a new partition for this install. Do a quick format and then continue as normal. If your XP pro is still on the machine currently, you obviously have not been wiping the drive first. Also of course, if you have data you need to keep, back this up (to CD/DVD, USB stick, external hard drive...) first before wiping the drive.

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