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Windows XP Infinite Loop install


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MetalHeadTyler

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Hey guys,
I'm trying to install Windows XP to my new system, but I'm encountering what seems to be an infinite loop of installation.
My hardware is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 BOX CPU
Motherboard: Asus P5K-E WiFi Intel P35
Hard Drive: 500Gb WD 7200RPM SATA2 16M HDD
Graphics Card: GeForce 9800GTX 16X PCI-E 512M
RAM: 2048Mb 2Gb DDR2 800 Memory (x2)

The disk will boot the first time, and install XP, however when it says to remove all floppy disks (my computer has no floppy drive anyway) and restarts, it does not come up with "Push any key to load from the disk" or whatever it's meant to, it instead just boots straight from the disk again, reinstalling Windows.
I've tried setting the BIOS options to boot from the hard drive after installing the disk, tried pushing F8 and manually selecting the hard drive, in which it comes up with something along the lines of "Unable to read the disk, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

I've taken it back to the store where I got it (they only installed 2 gigs of RAM rather than my specified 4) and they're going to test to see if all drives are working.
If this is to no prevail, does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do?
Apparently XP has trouble with HDs larger than 120gigs, but my friend has recently got a computer very similar to mine, and XP is installed on hers.

Thanks in advance,
Tyler.
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If you do it again, when you get it back, take the disk out of the computer after the xp installed. And before you restart.

When it says to remove all floppy disks, remove the xp disk.
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I think I tried that a few times.
I'll give it a go, just in case.
One thing I've noticed I wasn't doing was deleting the partition that was already on there (I think it was something like 100gig) and creating a 10 gig one for Windows.
Would that have made a difference?
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I copied and pasted these instructions that will help.
From this site-
http://www.pcuser.co...A256EA80038C9A7

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First thing to do, after you've done all the preparatory backing up of data and collecting together of the various bits ‘n' pieces you'll need set up your system again afterwards, is to reboot your system, go into BIOS setup and ensure that your system is set to Boot from CD-ROM as ‘1st Boot Device', and your primary Hard Drive as ‘2nd Boot device'. Make the change(s), if necessary, and then pop your Windows XP CD into the drive, save and exit from BIOS setup, and watch for the text message to pop up asking for you to ‘Press a key to boot from CD-ROM”. Make sure you do so!

You will be asked if you wish to install Windows XP. Press <ENTER> to begin the process. You will then be presented with an ‘End User License Agreement' . Read it if you wish (you really should, you know, but very few people actually do) and you should press <F8> to accept the terms and continue.

Because an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you will be presented with a screen asking if you wish to repair it. Press <Esc> to bypass the process (do not repair).

Wiping your Hard Drives clean


The next screen you are presented with is where most people have difficulty. You will be presented with a screen offering some choices of action, and a list of existing hard drive partitions which also indicate existing Windows installations. My suggestion for the best course of action is this:

* Remove existing partitions
* Create new NTFS partitions
* Install Windows XP on the first partition of your Primary hard drive


Highlight the first partition, press <D> to indicate you wish to delete it, and follow the prompts to remove the partition. Continue the process for other partitions. When you've finished removing the partitions, and are left with a list indicating the drives and the ‘Unpartitioned space' they contain, highlight your primary drive and press <C> to indicate you wish to create a new partition. Type the size (in Megabytes) you wish the partition to be, or press <ENTER> to create a partition using all available space on the drive. Repeat the process until you've created all the partitions you wish to have.

A more detailed description of the process can be found in the section “How to partition and format your hard disk using Windows XP Setup” from the KnowledgeBase article “ HOW TO: Partition and Format a Hard Disk in Windows XP”

Putting Windows XP on your System


When you've finished, highlight the partition you wish to install Windows XP to (the first partition on your Primary Drive is the best) and press <ENTER>.

Follow onscreen prompts during the process of installation, and ensure you leave the Windows XP CD in the drive whenever your system reboots during the process. If you get another prompt to “Press any key to boot from CD” keep your hands in your pockets! You don't want to go back and start over again!

Note : If you are using an XP Upgrade CD, you will be asked for a qualifying product during installation. Pop the CD with your older version of Windows into the drive, press <ENTER> or click ‘OK' as prompted, and return your Windows XP CD to the drive when asked. You may be prompted to ‘Create a Startup disk' and you can safely ‘Cancel' from that step if you do not wish to create a Startup diskette.

Provide such local information as requested during installation, and also such details of existing Local Networks that the system is connected to. Provide details of User Accounts you wish to have on the system, and passwords if you choose to use them. When the process has completed, you will be prompted to ‘Activate' Windows XP. Opt out of Activation at this stage, because it's better to Activate after you got your system fully set up, and have confirmed that all is working as it should. You can also safely bypass the Product Registration, as it serves little practical purpose.

When all is completed, you will need to enter your password, if you've set one, to access the Windows XP Desktop.

Setting Up your System after Windows is Installed

Pop your Windows Security CD into the drive, and install Service Pack 1 if necessary, and the other updates included on it. If you have internet access at this stage via an Ethernet ADSL connection or similar, log onto Windows Update immediately you've done so, and download and Install all other available Security Updates. If you have to install a dial-up modem and configure your Internet access, leave the process until after you've installed your system components and other peripherals, and unsure you use Windows Update as soon as you've gained Internet access.

Note : If you have ADSL Internet access via a USB ADSL modem, I'd strongly suggest you replace your modem with an Ethernet one, and have it configured and connected before you start installing Windows! See “How can I assign IRQ's on an Albatross?” for fuller explanation of my reasons for saying so!

With Windows installed and your Security Updates attended to, it's time to install drivers and driver updates for your system. Do so in this sequence for best results:

* Motherboard chipset drivers
* Display drivers
* Soundcard drivers
* Other internal component drivers
* Other peripheral device drivers


When you have those installed, and have checked that they all function correctly (with no conflicts or problems reported in ‘Device Manager') you can begin the process of setting up you Desktop display as you wish to have it, installing your software, and reloading your backed-up data files. Make your changes one by one, testing carefully after each change to ensure your system is stable. Use ‘System Restore' to create a restore point before each change, in case something you load causes problems.
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Instead of this-

Pop your Windows Security CD into the drive, and install Service Pack 1


Just keep doing your windows update-express settings so you can get all your security updates.

Just keep doing the express updates till there isn't any more.

And make sure autoupdate is turned on. It will get to a point where it will ask you to.
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Thanks for your help man.
I will try this out if my computer still will not load XP when I get it back tomorrow.
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please tell me you solved this !!?


I have the same problem with a compaq presario, 512 mb ddr 2 , 250 gb western digital Hard drive, AMD athlon cpu / new mother board ,new memory , new hard drive

I have tried every possible angle including changing all the bios settings, trying differnet versions of xp home ie sp2 , sp3, and even the manufacturers recovery disk looped on me as well,

The technicians and HP had no clue asa to what was causing this, they just told me to buy the reovery cds, which I did and of cousre they looped as well.

SO far I have heard that it was an issue with xp sp 3 and amd processors, ( intel power manage ment is loading instead of amd drivers, but I applied to fix to his issue and got the same loop) plus if that were the case the recovery disk would not have looped, others say its because of the large hard drive, but I have partioned it down to several smaller partions which were recongnized in bios and on the partion set up screen of the installation, Others are saying that it is due to a corupted boot.ini which I replaced .

THe only thing left on the machine that I have not replaced is the CPU and I have one of those on the way.
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