1. Formatting the drive before setup is a good way to trip up XP's installer. Just delete all the partitions and use XP's installer to create the partition. Pictures at http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPPro/installxppro1.htm
2. If you have USB devices plugged into some system, setup hangs. Don't do that.
3. If you have bad ram, setup hangs. Try http://www.memtest86.com
4. If your BIOS is out of date, bring it uptodate.
5. If your CPU overheats during setup, it hangs. Remove case cover, make it cooler.
6. If the hard disk has an errror, setup can hang. Test the drive with the drive maker's tools.
7. If the hard disk is on the wrong cable type or jumpered oddly (master on an 80 conductor cable is "odd") setup may hang.
Your post is void of all machine details. Why?
I've been searching forums for hours and can't find anything about this problem. I'm trying to reformat my computer and reinstall windows xp pro. I boot from the xp CD, and it takes me to the blue screen with "windows setup" in the top left corner, and just stops. I've done this several times since I built the machine with the same disc, so I know it's good, and it was working fine beforehand, no hardware problems or anything of that nature, just wanted to clean C: up. I had experimented with the bootskin program from stardock, and I'm very suspicious that this may be related to the problem. I entered the BIOS and restored the default settings, even though I haven't changed anything. I've booted from my old win98se disc and it seems to work fine, I deleted my c: partition and formatted it as fat32 just to try and get something going, and I've also tried running the winnt command from the I386 folder, which copies the setup files, but when it reboots, it takes me back to the same "windows setup" screen and just stops. I let it stay there for quite a while just to make sure it wasn't going slow, but it's totally frozen. If anyone has any ideas I'd greatly appreciate it, I'm really starting to stress over this one