Blue screen when trying to install xp on hd

The hd currently has xp installed but it was installed using a different pc so now if I use it on this machine it keep rebooting over and over

I want to reinstall it on a dell optiplex 755 but when trying to install it, you keep getting the blue screen

How can I install xp without this happening

Do I need to wipe the hd first ??
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Asked:
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
If you installed the software on another PC you need to sysprep the installation before moving it to another PC. The drivers are most likely different between the models. You will need to complete this process on the PC where the software was installed on.
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
I am trying to reinstall xp on this new machine....

Should I wipe the HD then try again ???
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
If you are trying to just re-use the HDD then yes, the best thing to do is wipe the drive and re-install on the new machine.
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brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
Ok but how am I wiping it?? I am not reaching so far with the xp??

Is that the reason why it keeps blue screening??

What software to use to wipe the hd??
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
If you are installing XP you can still use some DOS commands to wipe the disk.

However, if you are booting from a CD or USB drive with the Windows Installation Media it will give you the option to wipe the disc before installation.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
If you want another way, you can use DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke)

It is available free here
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
I can use dban to boot to it and wipe the disks???
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Yes, you burn the utility to a CD or DVD and boot the system from the disc and it will wipe the disk clean
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
Ok so most likely it is the drivers on the HD causing it to keep blue screening without being able to reinstall xp??
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
It could be that or it could be a faulty hard drive. With no error messages I can't say for sure
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
But if you don't care about the data on the disk just wipe it
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are trying to install XP on perhaps a newer machine?

You need to go into BIOS and set AHCI to compatibility mode because XP does not have native SATA drivers. If the computer you have does not have this setting, you may be out of luck.

XP is dead (long ago) and so consider something in support that also will install.

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brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
Can you check if optiplex 755 has that option in  bios??
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to start in BIOS and then check in the CPU settings.   Follow this Dell thread toward the bottom where the person got XP installed
If you want to boot XP from another PC than the original, it won't be activated, and so you will have licensing problems. Besides that, your hardware is completely different and that adds driver problems. Most XP installations are OEM anyway, and those you can only legally transfer to another PC if you live in the EU or Switzerland, and to do that you have to call m$.

Also, remember that XP is unsupported and shouldn't be used anyway. So use a newer OS.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
I disagree. I use XP on some machines just because I want to. I have several VMs with XP on them as well. Just because a OS is unsupported doesn't mean you shouldn't use it.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
XP is now exceedingly insecure. Having XP as a VM is one thing - I have a couple of XP VM's. These can be corralled and safeguarded.

As a base system for daily use, it is dead, gone, buried and should not be used for security reasons.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@slingingshot15 - If the successful install thread above does not work for you, you can still get Windows 7 Pro and use that. Windows 7 Pro allows you to download and run XP Mode on the Windows 7 machine.
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
hey guys i managed to change it from achi to legacy and as soon as i did that it booted into xp instead of looping continuously so i did not have to reinstall the OS.....
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So you have it fixed by changing AHCI as I suggested?
brian ramdhaniCT Technician Author Commented:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Good to know. So then you should now close the question.
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