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450sx4 freezes half way thru setup

When I entered the boot disk windows XP it asked if i wanted to boot from cd, i selected boot from cd and then it proceeded to the screen that prompts me to hit enter if i want to continue or press R to repair. It then freezes.

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E-mail CHID: 5736 So basically it freezes trying to intialize the setup. ... try rebooting the computer into safe mode and run the setup through safe mode.

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Okay thankx


Hi friend,
so you want to know how to partition the hard disk. there are many software are available to partition the hard disk. you have the windows operating system cd. there you can partition your hard disk.now i tell you the step by step method to partition the hard disk with windows operating system cd installation.


  1. insert the cd into the cd drive.
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