Is this desktop SATA based? XP's install can be very hard on folk. The message sounds like the usual but I can't tell much about the PC.
As to 7, why not install a 30 buck video card?
I decided to install Win 7 on my old dell desktop but can't install "intel 82836g graphics controller" driver because these are only supported by Win xp . . .so now i am trying to install win xp now but when windows is just about to start installing after loading files this stupid error appear in blue screen "A problem has been detected Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer ...check for viruses and nely install hard drive and hard drive controllers RUn chkdsk/f to check for hard drive corruption " i have run chkdsk there were no errors found .... this error keeps on appearing SO PLEASE PEOPLE HELP ME OUT ... I'd really appreciate your help... and sorry for my bad english