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Serious problem with reformatting a 80 gb harddrive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by senix123, Sep 16, 2006.

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  1. senix123

    senix123 Thread Starter

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    hi, i had done this many times before but have never stopped at an error like this from reformatting and installing a fresh xp on to a harddrive. I was trying to reformatt a brand new xp onto the harddrive cause for some reason the old one won't load up to desktop and it says system32/config is missing or something and needs reapir but i had try to repair several times and it freezes. So when i put the xp disc in it ask me to press f8 to agree and stuff to install windows XP just after that, it says at the bottom searching for pervious version of microsoft windows, i had restarted many times and tryed again but nothing ever happens it just says it. I even tryed leaving it to load for 14 hours and nothing happened..... im guessing something from the pervious version of windows was corrupted so it wouldnt install a fresh copy. But i really need u guys help on this. Can someone tell me how to fix this problem all i want is a fresh copy of xp on the harddrive and all the windows gone. Thanks alot =]
     
  2. Frank4d

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    Is the CD a full install version or upgrade?
     
  3. abustiaf

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    put the hard drive in another computer as a slave than format it. put it back in the original computer and then install windows. tell me if this works
     
  4. senix123

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    its a full installation cd, and i tryed 3 computers in the house all the same problem, i wondering if the harddrives messed up, but i just bought it a few days ago. :confused: thanks for the idea of the slave thing ill try it and ill tell u if it works
     
  5. Frank4d

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    Are you sure? Because a full version should not be looking for a previous Windows version.
    Pro full $279, Pro upgrade $199, Home full $199, Home upgrade $99. Which one is yours?
     
  6. Old Rich

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    Are you booting from the XP CD or inserting it while windows is running?
     
  7. abustiaf

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    actually Frank4d in the WinXP installation it searches for a previously installed version of windows (be it XP or otherwise) and if it finds one it will ask you if you want to repair it.
     
  8. Frank4d

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    Except it should not be checking for a previous version and hang after pressing Enter in response to "To setup Windows XP now, press Enter.", and after F8 is pressed... unless "R" (repair) was pressed which the OP indicated he is trying to re-install, not repair. Something is else wrong or it is an upgrade version.
     
  9. abustiaf

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    In the XP installation after you press F8 (i think) it will say in the bottom of the screen "searching for a previous installation of microsoft windows" or something very similar to that (upgrade or not). Now once I myself had a bad harddrive and it got stuck at this same point (same problem as senix123).

    note: I have installed Winxp on many different computers and many different versions of XP and each time it says "searching for a previous installation of microsoft windows".
     
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