Solved Win XP install hangs

June 11, 2013 at 06:49:17
Specs: Windows Vista
Trying to do a repair re-install of Win XP Pro and it hangs around 32 minutes. I thought maybe I could just format the HD and install a newer system such as Vista or Win7, but its ust keeps trying to install and hangs at 32 min. is there a way to bypass the install and format the C drive?

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June 11, 2013 at 07:17:16
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On a working PC, download and create a MiniTools Partition Wizard Boot CD:

Boot your problem PC from it and you'll be able to format the partition which contains the stalled Windows installation, or even delete it. You can then start over.

Before trying to install a different Windows version you need to check that drivers are available for it, otherwise some of the hardware will not work.

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June 11, 2013 at 07:26:18
Thank you. I will give this a try and let you know the result.

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June 11, 2013 at 07:26:33
More than likely you have a hardware issue. What prompted you to attempt the repair in the 1st place? If you do a google search, there are plenty of hits regarding the install hanging at either 32 min or 34 min due to hardware problems. You didn't list any specs or state whether it's a laptop or desktop, but try removing, unplugging, or disabling anything that's unnecessary for the basic installation.

For example, unplug any printers or external devices other than the mouse or keyboard. If you have desktop, temporarily remove any add-on cards such as wireless or sound. If you have a graphics card & onboard video is available, remove the card & switch the monitor cable to the onboard port. You can also enter the BIOS & temporarily disable the onboard sound, network, wireless, etc.

Another possibility is bad RAM. If it's never been tested, create a memtest86 CD, boot off it & see if any errors are detected. If there are, remove the defective stick of RAM, then try to install the OS again. Obviosuly I'm assuming you have more than one stick.

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June 11, 2013 at 07:53:40
I am using this machine after it sitting for a while, I ordered 4gb of new ramm (ddr2). Its a home build with a Asus P4P800 MB and Pentium 4 3ghz. I have re-installed the original memory and taken everything out except the video card. No on board graphics afaict. Since XP will no longer be supported I might as well just upgrade to Vista or Win 7, I have both CD's.

I can not go to a cmd prompt (Shift+F10).

PS It was booting fine before I tried the re-install, I just wanted to make sure I had a fresh install since it had not been used in a while and wasn't sure what was on it. Internet seemed slow and I was just trying to tweak it before spending $$ on a new build.

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June 11, 2013 at 17:53:49
"It was booting fine before I tried the re-install"

Trying a repair install may have been the reason it stalled if the existing installation was interfering with it. Best to start with an empty partition and install XP from scratch instead of a repair. That might complete successfully without any problems.

It's unlikely to be a hardware problem if it was working fine just prior to attempting a repair install. In any case, a repair install is not the way to go if you want a fresh and clean installation. You need to format the partition (using the MiniTools CD as I advised earlier) then do a "clean" Windows install from scratch.

If you decide to install Vista or Win7 instead, remember what i said earlier about checking driver availability first.

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