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Repair Installation Stops


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#1 MDR

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 05:45 AM

I am trying to repair the installation of XP Professional and when it gets part way through the install it stops on device installation. It looks like it is working, the cursor moves, but the install has stopped. I have tried rebooting it several times and it ends up at the same point.

I have disabled everything I can in the BIOS.

The PC does not give and error message.

It is a DELL C400 laptop - 2 1/2 years old

I do believe it is a device driver that is causing the problem, but I am not sure how to work around it.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 09:37 AM

Open your device manager and go through it looking for yellow or red warnings.

You will be able to update your drivers from there.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 10:03 AM

I tried to do a manual update as you suggest but Windows was unable to find drivers that matched the hardware.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 04:21 PM

Missing drivers should not impact your install.

Even in Win 98, that item would just not be functional until the driver is installed.

I've had installs stop like that...but I received messages telling me what files were causing the problem. I just elected to skip installation of those files and the installation continued with success (Win 9x).

I've not had that situation with XP Home.

Was this install of XP a clean install or is it an upgrade over a Win 9x system?

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 09:24 PM

XP was a clean installation. The repair stops when it is unable to find some of the drivers through the installation process. I am sure there must be a method of forcing the repair to go by this by removing some existing files from the current install.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 11:22 PM

When you say it stops.
How long have you waited for it to proceed?
I have seen the repair install hang for as long as 10-15 minutes then take off again and finish. I have no explaination as to why this is but I have seen it on a few computers including my personal test computer.




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