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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by shah, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. shah

    shah Flightless Bird

    Any idea why when I install the Windows, it will sort of hang at "Startup is
    starting Windows". I even change the cd rom drive and also used a different
    XP cd, on both instances it sought of hang at the same place "Startup is
    starting Windows". Any idea why I cant install th windows? Earlier on, during
    th POST, it sas cpu is running in Safe Mode, how do we change that? Thanks
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Make sure you're doing it right.

    Back-up any personal data (none of which should be considered 100%
    trustworthy at this point) then format the HDD & do a clean install of
    Windows. Please note that a Repair Install (AKA in-place upgrade) will NOT
    fix this!

    HOW TO do a clean install of WinXP: See
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps and/or Method 1 in
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307

    After the clean install, you will have the equivalent of a "new computer" so
    take care of everything on the following page before otherwise connecting
    the machine to the internet or a local network (i.e., other computers) and
    before using a flash drive or SDCard that isn't brand-new or hasn't been
    freshly formatted:

    4 steps to help protect your new computer before you go online
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pypc.aspx

    Other helpful references include:

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP Gold (no Service Packs) fully patched
    (after a clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsupdate/msg/3f5afa8ed33e121c

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP1(a) or SP2 fully patched (after a
    clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a066ae41add7dd2b

    Tip: After getting the computer fully-patched, download/install KB971029
    manually: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971029

    NB: Any Norton or McAfee free-trial that came preinstalled on the computer
    when you bought it will be reinstalled (but invalid) when Windows is
    reinstalled. You MUST uninstall the free-trial and download/run the
    appropriate removal tool before installing any updates, Windows Service
    Packs or IE upgrades and before installing your new anti-virus application
    (which will require WinXP SP3 to be installed).

    Norton Removal Tool
    ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/removal_tools/Norton_Removal_Tool.exe

    McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool
    http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    shah wrote:
    > Any idea why when I install the Windows, it will sort of hang at "Startup
    > is
    > starting Windows". I even change the cd rom drive and also used a
    > different
    > XP cd, on both instances it sought of hang at the same place "Startup is
    > starting Windows". Any idea why I cant install th windows? Earlier on,
    > during th POST, it sas cpu is running in Safe Mode, how do we change that?
    > Thanks
     
  3. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    On 6/12/2010 5:21 PM, shah wrote:
    > Any idea why when I install the Windows, it will sort of hang at "Startup is
    > starting Windows". I even change the cd rom drive and also used a different
    > XP cd, on both instances it sought of hang at the same place "Startup is
    > starting Windows". Any idea why I cant install th windows? Earlier on, during
    > th POST, it sas cpu is running in Safe Mode, how do we change that? Thanks


    How old the the machine? CPU? How much memory? Hard drive size?

    First, open up the box, blow out all the dust, and make sure all the
    fans (especially the CPU) are functioning correctly.

    If they are, open up the BIOS configuration and set everything to
    automatic or default settings.

    If things are still not working, I'd boot with The Ultimate Boot CD and
    run memory and disk tests.
     
  4. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    shah wrote:
    > Any idea why when I install the Windows, it will sort of hang at
    > "Startup is starting Windows". I even change the cd rom drive and
    > also used a different XP cd, on both instances it sought of hang at
    > the same place "Startup is starting Windows". Any idea why I cant
    > install th windows? Earlier on, during th POST, it sas cpu is running
    > in Safe Mode, how do we change that? Thanks


    What is the make and model of your PC? Do you know how to enter the
    BIOS? What is the reaosn you feel you need to perform a Clean Install?
    Have you backed up all your data? (Be aware that a Clean Install erases
    all your data!)
     
  5. shah

    shah Flightless Bird

    Many thanks for all the responses. Its a DIY and mobo is about 4-5 years old
    dated 2005 August and its a ECS mobo. I have backup all data and tried using
    the new hdd, ram, psu and still sort of hang at the same point, ""Startup is
    starting Windows" or after I press F8, it hang(no progress) there. So it
    boils down to mobo. Do we make any changes to the cpu setting in the Bios as
    during the course ofthis repair, it did say that the cpu is running on Safe
    Modeand ask to change the setting in the bios which I just click Lad defaults

    Since its p4 ddr1 & AMD process, its hardly worth to fix it. So guess there
    is nothing to do but to write it off. thanks


    "Daave" wrote:

    > shah wrote:
    > > Any idea why when I install the Windows, it will sort of hang at
    > > "Startup is starting Windows". I even change the cd rom drive and
    > > also used a different XP cd, on both instances it sought of hang at
    > > the same place "Startup is starting Windows". Any idea why I cant
    > > install th windows? Earlier on, during th POST, it sas cpu is running
    > > in Safe Mode, how do we change that? Thanks

    >
    > What is the make and model of your PC? Do you know how to enter the
    > BIOS? What is the reaosn you feel you need to perform a Clean Install?
    > Have you backed up all your data? (Be aware that a Clean Install erases
    > all your data!)
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  6. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    I don't know what you mean by "cpu is running on Safe Mode." If you are
    running Windows in Safe Mode, that means you have booted (incorrectly)
    off the hard drive. (F8 is only used if you are booting off a Windows
    installation on your hard drive and you wish to get the menu that has
    options such as Safe Mode and Last Known Good COnfiguration.) You would
    need to enter the BIOS and configure it so the boot order changes -- you
    would need to boot off the CD.

    Could you please clarify this part:

    "and ask to change the setting in the bios which I just click Lad
    defaults"

    If your original message is accurate, this is a hardware problem. Are
    you an overclocker? I Googled this phenomenon since I'm not familiar
    with it. Here is one hit:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=4096

    You can do so more research on your own. Enter the model number of your
    ECS board and identify your BIOS. I am crossposting to this
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware.

    What do you mean by p4 -- Pentium 4? If so, that is Intel, so what do
    you mean by "AMD process."

    In your next post, please include the *exact text* of all the pertinent
    messages.


    shah wrote:
    > Many thanks for all the responses. Its a DIY and mobo is about 4-5
    > years old dated 2005 August and its a ECS mobo. I have backup all
    > data and tried using the new hdd, ram, psu and still sort of hang at
    > the same point, ""Startup is starting Windows" or after I press F8,
    > it hang(no progress) there. So it boils down to mobo. Do we make any
    > changes to the cpu setting in the Bios as during the course ofthis
    > repair, it did say that the cpu is running on Safe Modeand ask to
    > change the setting in the bios which I just click Lad defaults
    >
    > Since its p4 ddr1 & AMD process, its hardly worth to fix it. So guess
    > there is nothing to do but to write it off. thanks
    >
    >
    > "Daave" wrote:
    >
    >> shah wrote:
    >>> Any idea why when I install the Windows, it will sort of hang at
    >>> "Startup is starting Windows". I even change the cd rom drive and
    >>> also used a different XP cd, on both instances it sought of hang at
    >>> the same place "Startup is starting Windows". Any idea why I cant
    >>> install th windows? Earlier on, during th POST, it sas cpu is
    >>> running in Safe Mode, how do we change that? Thanks

    >>
    >> What is the make and model of your PC? Do you know how to enter the
    >> BIOS? What is the reaosn you feel you need to perform a Clean
    >> Install? Have you backed up all your data? (Be aware that a Clean
    >> Install erases all your data!)
    >>
    >>
    >> .
     
  7. Jordan

    Jordan Flightless Bird

    If it is an AMD with an Nvidia chipset it could be you need to press F6
    during the setup and load the latest nVidia HD controller drivers.

    Also, there are times when some of the built on components of a motherboard
    will cause setup to hang there for over an hour then just kick in. What you
    can do is go into the BIOS setup and turn off all the onboard devices for
    the text portion of the setup. After the text portion complete, go back
    into the BIOS and turn the devices on so they can be detected in the GUI
    portion of Setup.


    "shah" <shah@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6B8513E1-AF66-4F1D-8B16-2BF50E5222E7@microsoft.com...
    > Many thanks for all the responses. Its a DIY and mobo is about 4-5 years
    > old
    > dated 2005 August and its a ECS mobo. I have backup all data and tried
    > using
    > the new hdd, ram, psu and still sort of hang at the same point, ""Startup
    > is
    > starting Windows" or after I press F8, it hang(no progress) there. So it
    > boils down to mobo. Do we make any changes to the cpu setting in the Bios
    > as
    > during the course ofthis repair, it did say that the cpu is running on
    > Safe
    > Modeand ask to change the setting in the bios which I just click Lad
    > defaults
    >
    > Since its p4 ddr1 & AMD process, its hardly worth to fix it. So guess
    > there
    > is nothing to do but to write it off. thanks
    >
    >
    > "Daave" wrote:
    >
    >> shah wrote:
    >> > Any idea why when I install the Windows, it will sort of hang at
    >> > "Startup is starting Windows". I even change the cd rom drive and
    >> > also used a different XP cd, on both instances it sought of hang at
    >> > the same place "Startup is starting Windows". Any idea why I cant
    >> > install th windows? Earlier on, during th POST, it sas cpu is running
    >> > in Safe Mode, how do we change that? Thanks

    >>
    >> What is the make and model of your PC? Do you know how to enter the
    >> BIOS? What is the reaosn you feel you need to perform a Clean Install?
    >> Have you backed up all your data? (Be aware that a Clean Install erases
    >> all your data!)
    >>
    >>
    >> .
    >>

    >
     

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