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Problems installing new windowa XP O/S


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Just bought a new Windows XP home addition O/S and trying to install in my computer but it will not let me get through the set up procedure before freezing. I'm trying to get to the part where it asks me about formatting the HD. Sometimes I can get two or three questions into the setup if I am very quick responding (1-2 secs) otherwise if I take a little longer it just freezes. Should responding to these questions be time critical? Anyway I can't get far enough along to complete the setup. My old O/S Windows XP pro (unregistered) seems to work but it too freezes on some of my programs. I've got 2 memory sticks 256k and have tried both or each by itself in one or the other slots. I've got two HD, one with XP on it 120G and the other formated empty 40G. When trying either one as my master HD, I cannot get through setup. Again my computer works mostly ok when I resort back to the XP pro but I need to install my new registered XP home .
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Perhaps XP Pro needs XP Pro disc to uninstall / format. If you intend to format the drive have you considered erasing the drive, you can download the manual from here to see if it is suitable

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I have one drive that has been formatted, no O/S on it and tried to run Windows XP setup and still the same results.
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Ive had this problem before with the Windows server 03 setup, the only way that i could get past it is just keep trying :tazz:
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Well problem solved. It turns out that my CPU had been running at very high temperatures due to a broken clamp holding the cooling fins down on the CPU. Poor contact caused the CPU to reach temps approching 200 degree F. I remounted cooling fins and secured. The CPU now runs at about 90 F and there appears to be no apparent damage from the excessive heat. No more hangs and freezes.
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