Installation of XP Home Extremely Slow

Posted on 2005-05-07
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Running a repair installation on a Gateway PC that's been installing for over 10 hours.  It's still at 35 minutes remaining and at the Preparing Installation -> Installing Devices section.

I have not received any error messages and the PC does not appear to be frozen b/c the "What XP has to offer" screens are changing as if the installation is still progressing.
Question by:mdmcq5
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    Hi mdmcq5,

       Do you hear excessive head movement from either the CD drive or the hard drive? - could be a scuffed install CD, or more likely a failed hard drive.

       You didn't say much about the PC, you might also check that everything is configured right, especially if it's an older PC - the Bios will have a setting for the harddrive IO mode - if its set lower than needed, it could limit the drive speed.

     - Jack

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    It's a Gateway Pentium4.  The info on the back for Model: MFATXPNT ESX500S PO4.  No noise from the CD or hard drive. PIO is set at Mode 4
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    ok that all sounds good.
    Make sure you enabled SMART for the hard drive, then look for a smart took from the drive's manufacturer - that tool will tell you if the drive has reported any problems internally - if it has - probably best to spend $50 on a new HD.

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    started the installation from scratch and it finished in 15 minutes.  There are two windows installations on the same partition now, and will have to delete the old...thanx
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    Once you backup your data, suggest you perform a clean install by wiping partitions and recreating the one(s) you want to use going forward.  You will have a much more stable and dependable system.

    If you need one, these are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.


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    Booted to the desired version of Windows XP to keep. Opened command prompt typee echo %windir%. Gave me the current Windows folder being used.  From Explorer, deletee the folder containing the installation to remove.

    Everything is running great and no need to do a clean install. thanks for the help.
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