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Re: cannot upgrade pc to xp
Hi again sberg569, I see more post from you on this subject. If ME was installed by a manufacture (Not by you). There is most likely a small hidden partition at the top of the drive. Too small to allow windows to install. Suggest you download & run Darik's Boot And Nuke software. http://www.dban.org/download Choose your bootable software. Floppy disk or CD-ROM software. Darik's software will completely wipe the drive including any hidden partitions. Once completed window should install normally.
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Computer randomly restarts is not something unique happened to you. Sometimes there is a dreadful total crash of the system and sometime it sends different errors, upon restarting nothing happens.
-- First of all disable the auto-restart option from your control panel settings -- Remove any recently installed maliciously software/add-on or any other application or toolbar. -- Try to cool down your PC as the overheating due to overuse of computer may result in system freezing and sudden restarting. -- Update your BIOS. -- Update the drivers -- Make it sure the error is not caused by the deficient power supply. You may try to change the power supply. -- Conduct the registry clean up scan for quick fix of the problem. -- Remove flashy games and/or untrusted antiviruses/antispywares. Conduct the security scan through the most powerful scanners only. I would recommend to use a system utility tool like PCFresher to fix windows errors and registry errors. Then try updating hope problem is fixed.
Upgrades are usually troublesome as they leave bits of the old OS in odd places. It is best to do a clean install. Choose your OS, either Vista or Win7. XP will not work! Always download the latest drivers for the OS you are using from hp.com or it will keep hanging and be unreliable. Hope this helps.
Are you trying to set up a raid configuration? If not I would reformat using the 98 disk and reinstall. (You may be able to skip installing 98, try installing xp first and it should ask for the disk containing the software (win98) that qualifies for the upgrade.
I agree a clean install is always the better, fresh start J
OK it sounds like missing drivers, what you have to do is create a new installation CD that will load the drivers for your laptop as it boots. I haven’t try this method with windows 7, but I know it works well with Windows XP. Try and create a new Windows XP CD with the drivers see: http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/35/
The start a new installation with this Windows XP CD and reformat you computer, after that you can do a new upgrade to windows 7
even thoough it isn't the original cd that came with the the lapop it should still install.
make sure you clean the lens of the dvd drive with a damp q-tip of water and then gently clean it with a dry q-tip. This will ensure that the laser of the drive is nice and clean and free of dust or lint.
Then make sure there is no smudges of dirt or dust of on either sides of the cd so that way there can't be no write errors due to this.
Now see if you can install windows xp. If you still can't install windows xp then its because the hard drive is bad and needs to be replaced.
Probabpy an XP problem, start XP in safe mode (press F8) as it is loading. If it runs then it is probably a driver problem. Try restarting in the last good configuration. Keep posting until the problem is resolved.
you won't be able to install xp over vista,as this can only be done via the upgrade utility..The problem you'll have is that xp is obviously older than vista so makes an upgrade impossible.
There are other alternatives,ie using a registry cleaner or pc clean up tool.These can often enhance performance depeding on th spec of the machine.
Failing that i would advise doing a clean install of xp to the hard disk,making sure you back up any files you need to keep.
If unsure on how to do this,phone your local pc tecchnician who should be able to do this for arround 50 pound providing you have a copy of windows to install
I had the same problem with an Intellistation 6868 for years. It just wouldn't load XP but ran fine on Windows 2000 SP4. I tried 3 different XP Installation CD's with no luck. After several attempts at installing XP I bought a clean XP Upgrade from ebay.
It took me 3 goes to install it but eventually I got it in there. If you can get XP to start on the 6868 press F8 and start it in safe mode first then when it's booted fully, shut it down and and then start it clean again. It worked for me. I've been running it for 5 months now and it's fine.
I couldn't get it to work at all on the 6868's onboard IDE so I installed a PCI Raid Card and it boots fine on that.
IBM 6868 52A M-Pro Intellistation
2 x Intel P3 866 CPU's 256 mb cache
2 GB ECC RD Ram
2 x Seagate 320 GB 8MB Cache HDD on a Sunix ATA133 PCI Raid Card
2 x Seagate 10000 rpm SCSI HDD on Adaptec Raid Card
ATI 9520 AGP 128mb Graphics
Win2000 Professional SP4 - Upgraded to XP Professional Edition SP3
Dual Boots with Xandros Linux Desktop Destop 3.01C
The best way to do this is to do a complete install of XP and wipe (format) your drive of everything else. You will need to back anything up that you want first though. Make sure you format it as NTFS
XP will run slow unless you have at least 512 mb. of ram and a 1Gig. processor. It can run on less but I do not install it on anything less because it will drag the computer down. More than I said is even better for it to run. If you need help loading it let me know. I will try my best to explain to you how to do this. You must already know since you tried already. Just make sure you do a clean install. Do you have the upgrade CD or the Full Version CD? I can't fix this for you, but if I helped you get it fixed,
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