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I am trying to install windows xp home edition on my compaq presario 1260, and everything i have read states that this is possible. my issue is that when it gets to the "set-up is starting windows" it freezes. why is it doing this and what can i do to get past this step so i can finish the install?

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Is yours the Compaq Presario B1260TU Notebook PC or the Compaq Presario 1260 Notebook PC? There is a substantial difference. Please indicate which one you have and how much ram you have installed. this will help with the diagnosis. If you have the Compaq Presario B1260TU Notebook PC as I suspect,... you probably do not have a Windows xp home edition disk that has the sata drivers for the harddrive. The sata drivers are required for the os to continue installing. If you are not familiar with loading sata drivers for the install, you will either need a 3.5" external floppy drive and a disk with drivers or an install disk that has the drivers integrated.
basically,.. the easiest way to install the os fresh is to get a disk that is slipstreamed or make on of your own. If you wish to have details of this process, please comment here and I can get it posted for you

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The following items can cause Setup to stop responding while the "Setup is starting Windows" message is displayed:

  • An incorrect mass-storage device (such as a SCSI or IDE controller) driver is being loaded, or the driver was not written for Windows and is not compatible. Contact the device's manufacturer or download the latest driver for the mass-storage device. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 216406 Specifying Third-Party Disk Controller Driver During Setup
  • There is a device connected to your mass-storage device that is preventing Windows from being installed. Remove any devices (such as scanners, tape drives, removable drives, and so on) from the mass-storage device controller. If the computer is IDE-based, verify that you have the master and slave designations set properly. If the mass-storage controller is SCSI-based, verify that the termination and bus speed is set properly.
  • The computer does not have the latest BIOS revision. Contact the computer's manufacturer or check the manufacturer's Web site. Many manufacturers have updated their BIOS revisions to properly support Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI).
  • An ACPI Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) is being used during Setup. Force the use of a non-ACPI HAL during Setup. For additional information about this procedure, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 216251 How to Specify a Specific or Third-Party HAL During Setup
For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 224826 Troubleshooting Text-Mode Setup Problems on ACPI Computers 220845 Adding Third-Party or Updated Driver During Windows 2000 Setup
You may have to load you SATA drivers first? OR choose another HAL, press F6 during setup.Setup ACPI also.

Posted on Feb 08, 2010

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