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#1 Caspersim

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 11:53 PM

I am attempting to delete the existing partition (xp pro) on my brother-in-laws dell xps and install xp home. Installation starts the configure process, runs for a minute and BSOD! I tried to boot from cd, bsod. I tried to install from the desktop, bsod.
When the computer boots it now gives me a dual boot menu from which I can choose xp pro or to continue the install of xp home. When I choose the install again it also crashes.
XP pro on this dell is a used and a dirty os, I removed lots of trojens. So I advised him to purchase a new one and I would do a clean install for him.
Can someone give me some advice on deleting xp pro partition and installing xp home.
Is this some kind of safe guard form dell?
Thank you for your time on this matter.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:09 AM

I dont understand how you could be loading it from the desktop if delated the partion?

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:14 AM

You may want to test the ram in the machine.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 06:29 AM

Me thinks Billy O'Neal is on to something. You may want to test the RAM.

If there are two pieces of RAM you could always remove one and see if this issue persists. If it does, swap the pieces and try again. This would identify which piece of RAM is defective, if any.

If you care to test the memory:

Microsoft Memory Diagnostic
Memtest86

Once the blue screens are gone you can proceed.

I have a question:

Is this some kind of safe guard form dell?

Can you explain this question? What are you saying, is this a Dell computer? Are you using a Dell windows disk? A Dell disk will only work on a Dell computer.

Do you have a legal Product Key for installing Windows XP Home? Just 'cause you have XP Pro, you do not necessarily have the rights to install and activate XP Home on this machine without the proper licence and product key.

But let's assume you do have the product key - The best way to go about this is to delete the existing partitions, reformat, and then reinstall with XP Home. All of this can be done by booting from to install disk and following the prompts.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:24 PM

Thank you for your replies.
First off, Computer man, the partition is not deleted. Thats what I want to do.

I will test the ram and try that out and repost.
The copy is legal (bought new off ebay) with a legal key, i assume. But I have not yet installed it. So I will see when it installs. It came in the appropriate windows package with key. So I am confident it is.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:26 PM

"some safe guard from dell?"
It is a dell, but im working with a normal win xp home.
I was wondering if the pc was crashing b/c I was attempting to change the OS. I thought maybe dell did this on purpose.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:40 PM

have you been into bios and set the cdrom as first boot device?

when you insert the cd and then reboot does it give the prompt to press anykey to boot to cd

the first screen should be black? so it never sees the hard drive?
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:28 PM

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:09 PM

Ok, the ram is not the problem (unless both sticks are bad). I tried removing both of them (separately), replacing them on at a time in different slots, etc.
I did set the boot record to cd-rom only.
I dont know if this helps but the bsod says: "stop: 0x0000007b (0xF78D2524, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:12 PM

A STOP 0x7b error is an Inaccessible Boot Device ( http://aumha.org/a/stop.php#0x7b )

It could be many different things, but I'd suggest checking the cabling and jumpers for the hard drive (and the CD drive)
After that, I'd try a bootable hard drive diagnostic from the manufacturer of your hard drive.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:31 PM

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314859&sd=RMVP

what's the dell model number?

and setting for sata drives in bios?
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:57 PM

mobo serial is: Dell Inc. 0yf432 version a02

Settings for the sata hdd is : on? Not to sure what you mean.

The cables seem to be in place and fine, but im not pc repair man.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:59 PM

i take it that there is no manual way that I could remove this partition.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:14 PM

a western digital hdd diagnostic went fine.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 04:20 PM

I have put them in another computer and used disk management

you can also use some disk wipe utilities

drive diagnositcs have them also
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