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Can't install OEM Windows XP on fresh hard disk

Install OEM Version Windows XP on Compaq Presario 700US? Tried several known good discs, XP Pro and Home. Install starts normally, loading files etc, the the computer reboots at the same point everytime....Strating Windows setup. No errors mentioned, just a hard reboot. Any ideas?

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  • nevis1 Apr 15, 2009

    jlpurvis2009....I tried reseating the memory, and ran memtest an Microsfot's MemTest for about 2 hours each. No errors. The hard drive is a Toshiba, and they do not have any utilities. Blew out all fans and made sure they were working. Also I never get a chance to format the drive, as the PC reboots before I get a chance to format. Used a program called Zap which deletes all aprttions, so all I need to is install the OS.



    Did find this, http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,1... which at least now the PC does not reboot, but locks up at the "Setup is starting Windows.

  • nevis1 Apr 15, 2009

    Just tried a new hard drive that is known to be good, smae problem. :(

  • nevis1 Apr 15, 2009

    Found a Toshiba disk utility, ran it all was fine. Used Gdisk to wipe.



    No luck

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Could be a memory or hard drive problem. Try reseating the RAM, then going through a complete reinstall again, and do a regular format to NTFS, not a quick format.

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Please check the consistancy of hard drive or try to run a zero format first and then reinstall the win

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