Window 2000 SP4

Hi,

I have a system with Win2000 SP4 on it. I need to do a fresh install but I can't. I have the original legal Win 2000 CD. When it boots from the CD, the blue screen goes through the "copying windows files" routine. Then instead of going to the install screen, the system reboots.

Why?/

thanks
jlefaveAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 2000 works fine and I have it as a virtual machine with no issues.  So:

1. Is the hard disk good?  There may be a hardware problem: disk most likely, possibly memory.

2. Is the Windows 2000 CD good? It has to be old and may have gone bad.

Easy test:  Get a trial copy of VMware or newest VMware Player and attempt to make a virtual machine from the CD. That will tell you whether hardware or media issue.

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joelsplaceCommented:
Memory is a good place to start.  The only reliable way to test memory I've found is to use an UBCD 4 Windows and Stress Prime if you don't have an OS installed.  You can use Memtest86+ but I've had it test good when Stress Prime found the problem.  
I've had similar blue screen problems with optical drives and flaky power supplies.  Why are you re-installing?  That may give a clue.
A virtual machine test is a good idea to test the disk but I would use Virtual Box.  It's very simple and it stays free.  VMWare is great but it's a lot more complicated and a much bigger download.
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R. Andrew KoffronCommented:
does the harddrive/raid controller need additional drivers?  use the F6 to install additional drivers option?
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