I'm trying to reinstall Win XP Pro on my system again. But my system locks up after the words "Press F2 To enter AutoMated System Recovery." I tried using the XP boot floppies and that hasn't worked. I tried slipstream copies of my XP Pro such as SP1 and SP2. I disabled my onboard anti-virus from the BIOS and I disabled Plug and play OS. I also changed my RAM around to see if that was the problem and still nothing. I also unplugged everything from my system that isn't needed during an install. I can install Win95, Win98, Win98se, Win2k3 and all longhorn builds on my system. What else can I do to get XP installed on this system again?
Here's a suggestion: Format the disk as FAT32, and then reboot the computer to MS-DOS. At the MS-DOS command prompt, copy the Windows XP Professional CD to a folder on the hard disk. Try running Windows XP Setup from that folder.
Also, here are some other things you should try: update your BIOS with the latest version from the OEM; reset the BIOS to its default settings; replace the cable connecting your hard disk to the main board; and make sure that your hard disks and CD-ROMS have their master/slave jumpers configured correctly and that they're cabled correctly. Last, try a different Windows XP Professional CD on the off chance that the one you're using is corrupt.
This was first published in April 2004