Solved: Windows XP Will Not Install (Prevent Damage)

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Lu Zhun

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Apr 30, 2007
Hello. I have completed a brand new build with all new parts and it goes to BIOS, sees all the components and everything is as it should but when I try installing Windows XP Professional, I keep getting the blue screen saying "A Problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer." Technical Information: *** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I made a bootable disc so that I could run CHKDSK and SCANDISK and that one said that it found errors and tried moving files from the one area over to another and block off the corrupted area and it couldn't even do that because it had said there was physical damage to the drive.

So, I opened the other OCZ SSD drive I have (the exact same one - model, etc..) and tried it with the same error happening. I even opened a new xp professional installation cd because that first one had scratches on the cd, and both installation cd's are giving this error to both of these OCZ SSD drives.

This is the first time I am using a solid state drive, so I do not know if I have to make sure I unlock something or what, but the BIOS found the drive stating it's size and all.

I don't see how it could be physical damage to 2 separate drives unless it happened to be a bad batch from the manufacturer?

If you have any ideas on what I can do next, I really appreciate it. This is unfortunate that everything is working but the operating system installation. This computer is ready to go except for that, sigh.

I can give you specs of all of the parts if you really need that. This new motherboard has Sata 6gb/sec which I have this SSD hooked up to by a Sata cable. This is the first time I am dealing with Sata 6gb/sec too.

The motherboard is Asus M5A97LE R2.0. The SSD is OCZ Vertex 3.

It says that it is Windows 8 ready on the motherboard box. I am not sure if by installing an older operating system, that this could limit some of these new technologies. I am only going with Windows XP because it is cheaper. I may get Windows 8 eventually though.

I hope there is no physical damage to these SSD's because I already sent the barcodes back for rebate purposes. I may look at the warranty option though. It is just strange to me that it actually reads or sees the SSD just fine and then says it cannot install the OS.

Thanks for any help. I will check back often. Let me know if you need anymore information. Have a great day. :)


Trusted Advisor
May 12, 2002
Windows XP was created when IDE hard drives were the norm and before SATA and SSD hard drives came into existence, so the disc doesn't provide native support for those drives.

Unless there's a setting in the BIOS that you can change that will allow the disc to boot and install Windows XP, you have some roadblocks to deal with.

I suggest you click the orange "Report" link and then request to be transferred to the HARDWARE section so the experts there can help you.


By the way, you need to click My Account - Edit Your Details and then update your computer specs.

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