Blue screen during XP pro install

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I have a laptop with Vista home basic. I want to install XP pro on it. I have an ORIGINAL FACTORY disc with matching numbers which I have used many times.

After the drivers are loaded, "Windows" starts, then I get a blue screen! I have already performed the first few things it says to check.

The STOP code is 0x0000007E and the driver it says is the problem is PCI.SYS

Uh what do I do from here?

thanks, Martin

 

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Failure to install an operating system is usually caused by (in order of probability):

1. Installation media that is the wrong disc for your computer. What version of Windows is the computer licensed for and what type of installation CD/DVD are you using?

2. You are attempting to install with other devices connected to the computer. Disconnect them before trying to do an installation.

3. Faulty installation media. Check the installation CD/DVD for scratches, smudges. Test in another machine.

4. Faulty optical drive. Test with another bootable CD/DVD or swap it out for a known-working one.

5. Faulty RAM. Test with Memtest86+ from www.memtest.org . You will download the .iso to make a bootable cd. Burn the file with third-party burning software* - as an image, not as data. Then boot with the media you made (you may need to change the boot priority in your BIOS so that the optical drive is the first boot device). The test will run immediately. Let the test run for an hour or two - unless errors are seen immediately. If you get any errors, replace the RAM.

*It is not necessary to have third-party burning software in Windows 7 since Win7 can natively burn an .iso. Other operating systems require it. A good free choice is ImgBurn fromwww.imgburn.com .

6. Faulty hard drive. Test with a diagnostic utility downloaded from the drive mftr.'s website. You will create a bootable CD with the file you download. Burn the file with third-party burning software (unless you have Windows 7, which can burn .isos natively) - as an image, not as data. Boot with the CD you made and do a thorough test of the drive. If it fails any physical tests, replace it.

7. Other hardware components are faulty.
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Thanks but........

1. Like I said It NOW has Vista on it and I want to install XP pro. I have an ORIGINAL XP PRO disc which I have USED MANY TIMES.

2. no devices are connected

3. i have recently used the install disc and there is no thing wrong with it.

4. the drive works fine

5. the ram tests ok

6. i ran CHKDSK full version and it checks out fine.

7. this system works fine just the way it is

What about the code and driver info in the blue screen?/

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If you are getting a blue screen during a clean install (booting from the XP CD) then either the CD is bad, the hardware is bad, or XP isn't supported on that computer.
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So to verify, you cannot load XP to a system that originally comes with Vista?

What if I replaced the harddrive and didn't have the restore section on the original harddrive? Would the computer accept XP then? Is there something in the bios that affects the loading of XP?

thanks for your time, Martin

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It all depends on the hardware in the computer.

General information about replacing Vista with XP:

A. On an OEM (HP, Sony, etc.) computer:

1. Go to the OEM's website and look for XP drivers for your specific model computer. If there are no XP drivers, then you can't install XP. End of story. If there are drivers, download them and store on a CD-R or USB thumbdrive; you'll need them after you install XP.

2. Check with the OEM - either from their tech support website or by calling them - to see if you will void your warranty if you do this. If you will void the warranty, you make the decision.

3. If the OEM does support XP on the machine, call them and see if you can have downgrade rights and have them send you an XP restore disk. This will be far the easiest and best way of getting XP on the machine.

4. If XP is supported on the machine but the OEM doesn't have an XP restore disk for you, understand that you'll need to purchase a retail copy of XP from your favorite online or brick/mortar store.

5. Also understand that you will need to do a clean install of XP so if you have any data you want, back it up first.

6. If none of the above is applicable to you because you can't run XP on that machine (see Item #1 above), return the computer and purchase one running XP instead.

B. On a generic/home-built computer (from non-OEM company) - You will need drivers for all your hardware. See the second link below for more details:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html - Clean Install How-To
http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Reinstalling_Windows - What you will need on-hand


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Yes, I had already checked with Dell and they do have the xp drivers.

I don't need a restore disc cause I have an ORIGINAL FACTORY XP PRO disc with corresponding code.

But then again I am getting a blue screen relating to a driver PCI.SYS. THIS IS AFTER IT GOES INTO SETUP AND ALL THE XP DRIVERS ARE LOADED FROM THE DISC. What the heck is this for? And how do I correct it?

Thank you again for your help.

Martin

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Is the "ORIGINAL FACTORY XP PRO" disc a Dell disc? Is it at least SP2? Only SP2 supports PCI-Express cards. If you have only an XP Gold installation disc, slipstream SP3 with it.

http://theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp3_cd.htm


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No, it is not a Dell disc, it is a MS disc and it is SP1!!

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There you go, then. I prefer to use Dell XP discs on XP because of SATA drive controller drivers (they include the drivers for their motherboards) but most probably your issue is not because of that but because of what I wrote above. Create new installation media by slipstreaming SP3.
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And I thank you once more!!

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