Upgrade Dell B130 XP Home to XP Pro STOP error pci.sys cannot install

Hello,
I have two brand new Dell B130 laptops that came with Windows XP Home. I need to install Windows XP Pro to join our domain at the office. Trying to run it inside of windows says cannot continue because the version of windows installed is newer than the one on the CD.
So I rebooted this time off of the CD. (Yes, it is an original Win XP Pro volume license CD that has been used on many workstations to install from.)
It starts to go through the process of loading the installation GUI, but just after it says 'starting windows' it has a STOP error:
*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005,0xF85480BF,0xF8994208,0xF8993F08)

***          pci.sys - Address F85480BF base at F8541000, DateStamp 3b7d855c

Thanks in advance for all help given!
jmolhavaAsked:
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rvthostCommented:
I have seen others resolve this by using a Windows XP SP2 slipstreamed CD to install the OS.  Have one of those laying around to try by chance? :)
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jmolhavaAuthor Commented:
I dont have one already made, but I do have the SP2 CD. Could you point me in the direction of how to do that?
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rvthostCommented:
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rvthostCommented:
jmolhava - here is another site that may be a bit more straightforward:

http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm
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rustyrpageCommented:
If these are brand new machines & you are trying to get XP Pro on them, don't upgrade whatever you do!  Since you have nothing to lose, just install from scratch (do a full format of the machine) & then load everything as you would like.  Then, if you (for whatever reason) like the Dell proprietary software, it should be on a restore CD somewhere.
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
I agree with Rustyrpage, for avoiding any further errors, Blue screens... etc

BTW: I ran into alot of threads regarding the PCI.sys error and most of them are talking about Hardware issues, I hope you are not losing some $$..

Check those...

http://www.theeldergeek.com/pci and ntfs dot sys errors.htm
http://hardware.mcse.ms/message111886.html
http://hardware.mcse.ms/archive79-2006-1-111886.html
http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.htm
http://www.piara.net/forum/ftopicp-1064.html

Good Luck with that..
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jmolhavaAuthor Commented:
OK, I was able to create the slipstream CD and it works!!! NO more BSOD! I didnt have time to actually do the install today, but I will tomorrow.

BTW- rustyrpage - what is the reason for not upgrading? I understand the different process, but how would an upgrade installation be inferior to formatting and freshly installing. I don't care about all of the DELL software, but some of it I will want to have. They also do not include the application recovery CD's unless you request them and pay an extra fee.
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rvthostCommented:
jmolhava - Glad the slipstream CD worked for you!
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rustyrpageCommented:
An upgrade should always be avoided at all costs...if you have the full version of XP pro, it is WAY cleaner just to start from scratch & eliminate any duplicates or unnecessary files.  I can guarantee you that you will regret it if you don't do it now while there is nothing on the laptop
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jmolhavaAuthor Commented:
I just want to say thanks!

rvthost - your answer led me to a quick solution to my immediate problem

rustyrpage - thanks for the additional info
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rvthostCommented:
jmolhava - glad to help!  Thanks!
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