XP freezes/crashes on install

May 3, 2011 at 17:14:53
Specs: Windows XP Home, 1.88 Ghz/256 Mb DDR
I recently inherited a PC (a particularly old PC at that...) that was running an illegitimate copy of XP Professional SP2. As I have a (now busted) laptop that ran XP Home I decided to install that and use the product key that came with my laptop, but the XP installer crashed into an 'IRQL not less or equal' blue screen. I've since managed (don't ask me how..) to stop this from happening, but now instead it either freezes during the 'copying files' section of the install (usually around 30% - 40% through) or won't copy the shell32.dll. Any idea on why this might be happening and what (if anything) I can do about it? The PC is running a AMD Athlon 1.88 Ghz CPU and currently has a meagre 256 Mb DDR RAM (which I have forked out to upgrade to 3Gb...) It might be worth noting that the motherboard has no integrated display adapter, but instead has a non-descript 64Mb AGP 4x graphics card. I have, for the moment, given up and installed Windows 98, which installs perfectly fine. Thanks in advance.

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May 3, 2011 at 18:23:40
All you had to do was change the XP Pro product key to a legit one.

The 'IRQL not less or equal' error is usually caused by bad RAM. Are you using the new 3GB or the old 256MB?

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May 4, 2011 at 16:50:03
I haven't actually recieved the new RAM yet, but I'd guessed that's what was causing the problem. I actually managed to sort it out (after much wailing and gnashing of teeth...) by installing Windows 98 and then running the XP setup disc as an upgrade from within Windows, as opposed to booting straight from the CD on startup. I don't really know why this made a difference, but I'm sure glad that it did. Thanks for your reply though, I appreciate it :)

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