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XP needs reinstallation often

by bluesjamsession / January 22, 2005 4:04 AM PST


I've reinstalled XP Pro on my computer four times in the last month because every so often it fails to boot (even in safe mode or last good configuration, both of which freeze during bootup) and I end up using a WinME boot disk to install WinME so I can then run my XP upgrade installation. Even after the reinstallation, XP complains that system files have been replaced by unrecognized versions (and needs the XP disc) so often that I leave my XP CD in the drive at all times.

What could be the underlying problem? It's a 2 yr. old Dell Dimension 4300 P4 1.4 GHz, with a secondary internal hard drive, the CD-ROM has been replaced with a DVD-RW, aside from the parallel port laser printer, no other hardware. I've defragged, virus scanned, and anti-spywared my computer often.

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by skippyd333 / January 22, 2005 5:29 AM PST

have you tried to upgrade your video driver for xp?
Also make sure you get all the xp critical updates, at least service pack 1 and the other 70 critical updates with it. Happy

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by skippyd333 / January 22, 2005 5:34 AM PST
In reply to: Drivers???

Try changing your boot sequence in your bios and boot with the xp disk. Instead of upgrading, you might be able to just use the disk and then when ask put in your ME disk to prove you have a bought full version of windows. I could do this with a ME upgrade from 98.

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XP needs reinstallation NEVER
by sp_100 / January 22, 2005 6:13 AM PST

Your computer came with Dell Diagnostic CD. Boot from it, and run Full System Diagnostics to make sure that your hardware is OK.

After that boot from your Windows XP (upgrade) CD, and start a Windows XP installation. You DO NOT need to install Windows ME first. Windows XP setup will ask you to (briefly) insert ME CD (or other Windows CD you may have ...) to check for upgrade eligibility.

See the following Dell site for more on XP installation:

When you are done with Windows installation, check the Device Manager (right-click My Computer -> Manage -> Device Manager) for unknown/improperly installed devices. Install/update drivers as needed ? all drivers came with your computer (CDs, floppies)

(!) Make sure to stay OFF the Internet all this time (!). When you are done with Windows XP and devices, enable your Windows Firewall and install your favorite antivirus application.

Now connect to the Internet. Update your antivirus application. Then download SP1 or SP2 (it?s up to you which one ...):


Disconnect from the Internet, and install the Service Pack.
Reconnect the Internet, and run Windows Update (Start -> Windows Update). Download and install Critical Updates ONLY (!)
You?ll probably need to install many Security Updates, don?t forget to restart your computer in-between.

After Windows Updates, rerun your antivirus update and then restart few more times, and make sure that everything functions properly.

Now load your favorite programs one at a time with restarts in-between. You may need to install additional patches and fixes from the publishers? websites.

When finished, run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter. You also may want to modify your HOSTS file:


See How to optimize Windows XP, 2000, ME for the best performance (Step-by-step Visual Guide):


Spyware/Virus Removal and Prevention:
(Links to online virus scans on the same page)

Good Luck!

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by jackfrost64 / January 22, 2005 6:55 AM PST

Unless it is impossible You should install XP followed by SP2 BEFORE you go online, Then update your drivers and follow as listed. Or better yet go to the below link and follow the steps listed and illustrated for you version of XP.


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