Windows XP Setup Loop

Posted on 2009-05-14
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Windows XP Crashes at 34 min into setup and now stuck in loop. How do I get out and restart setup. The error message is:
"A problem has detected and Windows has shutdown to prevent damage to your computer. An attempt was made to execute nonexecutable memory."

Safe mode results in same behavior. Tried to rerun setup from CD and same result.

Question by:Grant Dunsmore

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Is there a mark, spot, scuff or other blotch that is on the CD?  Check that first.  Then boot up a linux or UBCD4Windows CD and format the hdd.  After that, if your XP CD is in good shape, try again.

When you boot up with the Linux/UBCD4Win disc, run a memory and hdd test.  (hdd = Hard drive)

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Hi GDunsmore,

A couple of things to check, make sure that your system isn't overheating, open up the case with the power off and blow out any dust using a aircan. Also if the same results happen in Safe Mode most likely it's a hardware problem possibe faulty or failed.
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I believe XP setup is trying to install peripheral devices about that time.  Disconnect any device unneeded for setup itself and try it that way...
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also possible overheating

I usually copy the install CD to a FAT32 partition and install from there to prevent CD issues.

I hope this helps !

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check skywalker39's post as he mentioned overheating.

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by:Grant Dunsmore
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I don't think it's overheating. The case is open and all is clean. We will check in the BIOS and see if we can see the CPU temp or fan speed have dropped later ( not at the PC location now).


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samiam41 earned 750 total points
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Using a CD to boot off like Ubunutu and formatting the hard drive may be a good first step if there isn't an over-heating issue.  Format it, boot from the XP CD and start the install over.


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1. Unplug any additional hardware you have which is not needed for your install. (Printers, modems, routers, extra USB drives and anything like that, plug them back in 1 at a time after install is done)
2. Go into BIOS and turn off anything not needed for your install. (Hyperthreading, Dynamic CPU and all that other stuff you don't need, you can enable it after your install one at a time)

If neither of those change your results then you have a hardware problem. (Bad component, bad mainboard, fan not working, IE)

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well, remove ur CMOS battery and install it back again, and try to run the setup.. and chk it...
Cause i had the SAME problem once... They said, there is some virus or something.. that runs from the board, and removing CMOS deactivates... and it did..

PS: I dont know how true is that fact, but it really my pc to come back alive...


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by:Grant Dunsmore
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The final solution was a clean boot and deleting the partition, recreating the partition, formatting, and then Windows installed properly. This was not what my client wanted to do at the start but we did recover his data so it worked out fine in the end.

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Glad to know that you got it working.  Thanks for the points and grade.  Take care.

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