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So here is how it goes. It was a fine morning when I started my Pc and much to my surprise to find this error message(s) saying "System has recovered from a serious error." and Pc restarts randomly. I felt quite suspicious since there wasn't any crash, BSOD, etc the last time I used the PC until now. Paranoidly, I scan with avast!, Malwarebytes Antimalware, ESET online scanner, Kaspersky Online Scanner and used a HijackThis Log. Nothing was detected. But still PC keeps crashing so I run a checkdisk but did not help either. So, my last resort was to reformat.

I inserted the Windows XP SP2 CD, it was a legit one, and boot from it. Then comes the usual "Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration.". Windows starts copying files when it suddenly stop at one file that I cannot remember except for the letter it begins with, which is "D". I selected retry [ENTER key] and the whole thing continues. The PC restarted and I now while XP is loading, a BSOD appeared. Reboot again and same ting always happen.

Then, I tried to reformat again, the same "Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration." appears but it'll just stop there. The screen will go black/ blank and no blue-screen-with-white-taskbar-at-the-bottom-inspecting-your-hardware appears. OK. Patience is a virtue, I tried again. Same thing, it just go blank. I borrowed my cousins XP CD and same thing happens on whichever of the two drives I put it to.

How could I reformat XP?

Thank you in advance for all the help to come.

NOTE: The CD and DVD drive is not damaged since I could boot in XPRESS Recovery using my Gigabyte CD.
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usually when install hangs during the hardware check or the file copy stage it's because of faulty ram or a faulty hard drive...you've already run chkdsk with no significant improvement so it may not be a drive corruption. it's possible that the hard drive is physically damaged (how old is it?)

please go to Memtest86.com and follow their instructions for downloading memtest, burning it to a bootable CD, and running the software. Run the program for at least 2 passes (can take 45 minutes or more) or leave it running overnight and report any errors that you receive
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Haha. So glad right now. I am able to solve it!

Thanks for all the help anyway. I did it by:

(1) Downloading a low level format software KillDisk
(2) Burn a bootable ISO of it onto a disc
(3) Boot on it
(4) Erase all the contents of the Hard Drive
(5) Reboot
(6) Reinstall :)

Thank you very much. The Search function of this forum helped.
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when all else fails....start over hehe
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