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Cant install windows ME!


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#1 skyyy526

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 04:25 AM

hi there...this is my first post.

i have been having a lot of troube trying to d/l windows ME on a computer that my freind gave to me from his office at work. it was missing a hard drive and cd rom drive so i installed a clean h/d and an extra cd rom drive i had. since the hard drive is clean i use a windows me startup disk to install windows. i made this disk from a computer that has windows ME already installed on it. i made sure that the hard drive was formatted and had a partition and everything. i also made sure that the windows cd rom is inserted. i then type in the commands to start the windows setup process. it performs the tests but right before it gets to the instructions to install, and error box comes up. it reads: Application error, W9XSETUP caused an illegal instruction in module vga.drv at 0001:1f81. i then exit this box and it is followed by another which reads, Application error, W9XSETUP caused a general protection fault in module user.exe at 0001:40b6. it then exits the setup and gos back to the bios screan where it gives me the black screan and white letters. it says a bunch of stuff about a bad fault in msdos extender or something and gives me a bunch of numbers. this happens every time, and it will not allow me to install.

i have tried to work my way around this. i tried making my cd rom my primary boot drive so i could try and install windows without the floopy and with the cd rom. i formatted my hard drive many times. i made sure everything was connected right. i even checked the cmos...it reads the h/d and cd rom and all the that. im not sure what other settings i shoud check in the cmos. the computer is a compaq presario and it is model 5002US. it has a built in graphics card...im not sure if that matters but if any aimformation helps im willing to give it. i have the entire cmos written down if anyone needs additional information on this problem.

if anyone can give me any imformation it would be greatly apreciated.
thank you.

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#2 maf

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:03 AM

Don't install Windows ME - it sucks. Get either 98SE, 2000, or preferably XP Home or Pro if you can.

Edited by maf, 23 November 2004 - 08:04 AM.


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Posted 23 November 2004 - 01:00 PM

honestly... WinMe was the worst OS m$ has put out...
even compared to Windows 3.1......

the only two things going for Me is the expanded
internal driver database and built-in handling of zip
files. that's it.

Win98se is much better/stable OS than Me... do
yourself a favor... use it instead.

but as far as the problems you are reporting...
it sounds like your machine could have bad RAM
in it... just try re-seating it... or replacing it altogether
with known working RAM. another thing to try would
be to remove all expansion cards... modem, audio...
and the like... and see if this fixes the installation
process...

--rex

Edited by rexifelis, 23 November 2004 - 01:03 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2004 - 09:39 AM

If this is a COMPAQ brand name computer, often you MUST use their custom RESTORE cdrom to redo the operating system. Big computer manurfacturers like this often tweak the Microsoft Windows cdrom's they supply to run on their exact specific hardware configurations. I have run into this type of issue on IBM's, DELL's, COMPAQ's, and others. Often the only option is to wipe the drive, install the original operating system etc from the RESTORE cdrom, and then you can try updating the operating system.

Since this was originally a COMPAQ computer - go to their website and look up the serial # on this machine. There is often a wealth of useful information there that can help you out. Especially on unique hardware or operating system issues that crop up, often there are patches there as well you might need.

I suggest you also check the CMOS/BIOS settings and make sure that the virus protection for the boot sector is NOT enabled. This often crashes Windows setup. You can also try resetting the CMOS/BIOS to defaults and then reinstalling.

Lastly, known issues with Windows setup problems are extensively documented at the Microsoft KnowledgeBase on the Microsoft website. Go into the support area, find the Knowledge Base and enter the EXACT error message you are getting. Usually you can pull up a fix article for the exact problem.

Also when you try to install remove all external or plugged in devices EXCEPT the barebones ones (mouse, keyboard) - so unplug any external drives, webcams, etc.

Good Luck :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 05:56 AM

If this is a COMPAQ brand name computer, often you MUST use their custom RESTORE cdrom to redo the operating system. Big computer manurfacturers like this often tweak the Microsoft Windows cdrom's they supply to run on their exact specific hardware configurations. I have run into this type of issue on IBM's, DELL's, COMPAQ's, and others. Often the only option is to wipe the drive, install the original operating system etc from the RESTORE cdrom, and then you can try updating the operating system.

Since this was originally a COMPAQ computer - go to their website and look up the serial # on this machine. There is often a wealth of useful information there that can help you out. Especially on unique hardware or operating system issues that crop up, often there are patches there as well you might need.

I suggest you also check the CMOS/BIOS settings and make sure that the virus protection for the boot sector is NOT enabled. This often crashes Windows setup. You can also try resetting the CMOS/BIOS to defaults and then reinstalling.

Lastly, known issues with Windows setup problems are extensively documented at the Microsoft KnowledgeBase on the Microsoft website. Go into the support area, find the Knowledge Base and enter the EXACT error message you are getting. Usually you can pull up a fix article for the exact problem.

Also when you try to install remove all external or plugged in devices EXCEPT the barebones ones (mouse, keyboard) - so unplug any external drives, webcams, etc.

Good Luck :thumbsup:

DOn't use XP or ME they both suck. i suggest 2000 or 98SE
XP just isn't as simple as 98SE or 2000.




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