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Cannot install Windows Me or Win2k Pro

I can't install Windows Me or Win2k Pro on my computer and I'm thinking it's my motherboard. I can install Win98se. Every time I try to install Win2k, it gets to the hard drive detection process and says that my C drive is "unformatted or damaged." I can continue by formatting to NTFS but once Windows finishes copying the files over, the system freezes at restart, forcing me to low-level, reformat to FAT and reinstall Win98. I already changed hard drives and that didn't fix anything. The same problems reoccur. My system configuration is p3800eb/128 pc133sdram/voodoo3 3500/ibm gxp75 30gb/asus cusl2.

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Changing the hard drive was a good first guess. In this case you should make sure that the equipment is on the Windows 2000 Hardware compatibility List http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/hcl/hclintro.htm. You will also want to check to see if there are any BIOS updates for your system. This is probably the second leading cause of hardware problems.

This was first published in May 2001

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