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I have a custom built PC...specs available upon request...running a bootleg version of Windows XP Pro. I have been using this particular version for years and years with no issues, over the lives of 3 separate machines, all PC Intel based machines. All the windows updates functioned, all of my software functioned, SP2, SP3 loaded and functioned, everything is peachy keen.
One day, when I start my computer, it freezes in the bootup screen.
I reinstall windows XP Pro (the same version), and it works just fine on SP1 until I try to upgrade past SP2. Everytime I tried to install SP2 or 3, it would initiate, tell me the installation was finished and the only thing left to do is restart my PC, and then it promptly freezes on the bootup screen everytime I turn it on.
I thought it was an issue with my XP software, but I recently have been trying to upgrade to windows 7, and the same EXACT error occurs. It gets to the "windows is starting" screen, with the ebbing windows logo for windows 7, and then.....just....stops.
I'm starting to think it's a hardware error.
I have 3 seperate HDs on my machine...I tried installing windows beyond XP Pro SP1, and it freezes on 2 of them. One of my drives is just for storage, and I'm scared of installing an O/S that doesn't work and losing a TB of dope pictures and personal data.
Is there any way I can run a diagnostic to determine the issue? Is it a particular, random, super secret special hardware configuration that I accidentally discovered that simply rejects all upgrades past SP1? If that's the case, why did SP3 work in this particular machine for 3 months before then deciding it wasn't compatible?
"Just buy the program" isn't an option, the economy sucks, and I don't have that kind of money to spend on myself right now.
Can anyone help? I am currently running XP SP1, with no hope for updating my iPod playing list (iTunes won't function before SP2 anymore)