You may receive the following Stop error message during or after the installation of Microsoft Windows XP:
Stop: 0x0000000A (parameter1, parameter2, parameter3, parameter4) IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL*** Address x has base at x - filename
The parameters refer to the specific issues that are involved: Parameter 1 - An address that was referenced incorrectly.
Parameter 2 - An IRQL that was required to access the memory.
Parameter 3 - The type of access, where 0 is a read operation and 1 is a write operation.
Parameter 4 - The address of the instruction that referenced memory in parameter 1.
If you receive the Stop 0x0A error after Windows XP is already installed, use the following troubleshooting methods to verify other components.
Examine third-party software or drivers
If you have installed any third-party software or drivers, try removing them or disabling them so that they do not load, and then restart the computer to see whether that software or driver is causing the error. If that software or driver is causing the error, report the problem to the vendor of the software or driver.
If you cannot start Windows XP after you install the software or drivers, use one of the following methods to restore Windows: Use the Last Known Good configuration.
For additional information about using the Last Known Good configuration, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to start your computer with Last Known Good Configuration
Repair the Windows XP installation. To do this, follow these steps:1. Disable any antivirus program and BIOS-level antivirus protection. For help, see the relevant software manual or online help.
2. Make sure that the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive is the first priority startup device. See your computer documentation for information about how to do this.
3. Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
4. When the instruction to "Press any key to boot from CD" appears, press a key. Your computer starts from the Windows XP CD.
5. When the computer starts from the CD, the system verifies your hardware, and then prompts you to select one of the following options: To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
6. Press ENTER.
7. Press F8 to accept the Licensing Agreement.
8. A box lists your current Windows XP installation, and then the computer prompts you to select one of the following options:
To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R.
To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC.
9. Press R. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate Windows XP if you changed some hardware.
Use the Roll Back Driver feature.
It also mentions using system restoreStart the System Restore tool at a command prompt
1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a Command Prompt then press enter.
2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.
3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.
Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore from
For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
A description of the Safe mode boot options in Windows XP