Unable to Install Windows XP from the Installation Disk: BSOD Occurs

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I am unable to install Windows XP from the installation CD.

A windows Setup blue screen comes up, but then all goes black. I tried different CDs with the same result.

One solution to this may be to install Windows 98 and then upgrade to XP.

But it is too much time consuming and I want to install XP directly from CD. I have upgraded my RAM from 256 MB to 512 MB.

The configuration of my desktop is: Motherboard – Intel Pentium 4 (845 series), Processor – 2.25 MHz. RAM-512.

Any solution, please?
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Answered By 200 points N/A #111757

Unable to Install Windows XP from the Installation Disk: BSOD Occurs


Microsoft Windows XP Installation Guidelines

Before we begin to dive-in to the deeper discussion on installation of Microsoft Windows XP Operating System, let us check first for the system requirements of the said operating system. System requirements or hardware requirements is the list of hardware integrated into your hardware or computer system so that a specific software or application works fine. There are instances that lower than the minimum specification requirements, the software or application works but I assure you that you might encounter problems during operations. So better to follow the minimum requirements or stick to the recommended hardware. There are branded computers and packages that are already tuned-up to Microsoft Windows XP operating system. This is the better one because every accessory installed inside your operating system from the bundle of Microsoft Windows XP you had, works so fine.

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition requires the following hardware so that your installation becomes successful:

  • Pentium Processor (233 Mhz or higher)
  • Minimum of 64 MB of memory
  • Minimum of 1.5 GB of hard disk space
  • Optical Drive (For Installation)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Video Card (SVGA)
  • Monitor
  • Sound Card (Optional)
  • Speakers (Optional)
  • Headphones (Optional)

Minimum requirements don’t mean that your Microsoft Windows XP works better on this hardware. Microsoft recommends that your processor must be or at least 300 MHZ in speed; your memory is 128 MB so that Microsoft Windows XP works fine.

Other version of Microsoft Windows XP requires also the same as listed above. You may also visit the Microsoft Support site (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us) for other information about Microsoft Windows XP and its hardware requirements.

Now, since you have encountered errors during installation, we need to know what kind of installer you have in your hand. This is a very important thing to know because for every versions or package of installers we had, had its own requirements. Like what we have shown above, the hardware requirements. Beside on hardware requirements we have the so called upgrade version of Microsoft Windows Operating System. Upgrade version of Microsoft Windows XP Operating System requires the previous version of windows for you to able to install the upgrade version of Microsoft Windows XP Upgrade Version Installation disk.

Yes, I know that but how could I know if this copy of installation disk I have in my hand is an upgrade version of Microsoft Windows XP operating system or not? That was a very intelligence question. You Microsoft Windows XP installation disk come with packaging. On your packaging or even in the label of the compact disk or the installation disk you will read there the version and type of your installation disk. Simply, you will find the word “upgrade version” if it is an upgrade version. If not you may read something like “home”, “standard” or “professional”.

My installation disk is not enclosed in packaging. There is no label on the disk that reads like you have mention. Maybe your copy is a pirated copy you are a victim of software counter feighting.

By the way, If your copy is not an upgrade version, most of the problem arises during installation are because of the following:

  1. Bad/busted memory module.
  2. Hard disk problem.
  3. CD-ROM/DVD-ROM reading problem.
  4. Scratched Installation Disk

So, you need to fix the above hardware so that you can proceed on your installation. You may call a computer technician to fix your hardware if you can’t.

Hope that this information will help to solve your installation problem.

Answered By 0 points N/A #111758

Unable to Install Windows XP from the Installation Disk: BSOD Occurs



If you already used a different installer and the result is the same, then the problem is with your hardware.

Check first the heat sink of the processor if the temperature is not normal. 

Then that is the source of your problem, the thermal grease must be worn out and you should re-apply it again.

Just look at the image below if you don’t know what the heat sink looks like,

And here is the video on how to remove a heat sink and apply thermal grease.

Hope this can help.

Answered By 0 points N/A #111759

Unable to Install Windows XP from the Installation Disk: BSOD Occurs



  • Try installing Windows XP by following methods below:
  • Insert your Windows XP CD to your CD ROM drive.
  • Restart Windows.
  • You will be promoted to press any key to boot from the CD,Press any key.

Follow the on screen instructions.


If you don't see anything while booting up, your CMOS settings might not be correct.

  • Enter your BIOS by pressing DEL key (Esc or F2 if it doesn't work) while booting up and restore the default CMOS settings. You may choose CD ROM as first boot device.(2nd Hard Disk)

If it doesn't work, most probably there is some problem with your CD ROM drive. You need to change your CD ROM in order to install Windows XP.

Answered By 10 points N/A #111761

Unable to Install Windows XP from the Installation Disk: BSOD Occurs



You must reformat your hard disk or may be the CD is corrupted.  Check if there is an error or corrupted file on the CD. Before you insert the CD, you must check the CD ROM if the CD is compatible to the device and check if the CD ROM is working properly to avoid any errors while installing the Windows XP.

If not, check hard disk, if there is a problem with the connection or maybe the hard disk is full.  Try to repair the hard drive and check if the connection of the hard drive to the motherboard are properly fixed or just buy a new hard disk because may be the disk inside of the hard disk is not functioning any more.

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