Skip to comments.Need help: problem installing Windows XP upgrade to a Windows ME machine
Posted on 05/06/2007 3:13:06 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I need help on installing a Windows XP upgrade to a Windows ME machine. The computer is a Micron Systems IBM-compatible machine with 640.0 mb RAM and a 667 MHz CPU clock. I'm getting the following error after the Windows XP setup restarts the computer:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer
If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly-installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF8FF9524,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)
“Windows XP is hardly on its last legs.”
Not now but it will be. I would not be surprised if MS stopped updates to push Vista very soon.
One thing I recently discovered about Vista. I just recently installed the 64bit version of WinxP Pro and could not find a driver for my printer. Just for the hell of it I installed the 64bit Vista driver and what do you know... It works perfectly. Other x64 Vista drivers work as well which leads to only one conclusion. Its the same operating system underneath with some eye candy added.
A negative ROI is still a negative ROI no matter how you slice it.
Same security bugs, too!
1) You said the CPU was 667MHz; does that mean it's a Pentium-3? (Not that this is likely to make any difference - but it's nice to be sure).
2) Have you tried checking the support info at Micron's site?
3) What is the model name of your machine? (For example, the machine on which I am composing this response is a Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop).
FWIW, my guess at this point is that the motherboard (btw, what is its model identifier?) chipset or the BIOS (and which company made the BIOS?) is failing to handle XP correctly. I had the identical problem with an orphaned PC (350MHz Pentium-2 with 384MB memory) when I tried to make it useful again by installing WindowsXP Home edition on it. Eventually, I gave up and returned the PC to the trash where I had found it.
Oh, yes....which variety of XP are you trying to install? And have you thought of adding a hard drive and installing Linux on that? You could then use Linux - I recommend SUSE, but almost any major distro would be good - to back up the data on your C: drive before doing the wipe-and-install recommended by other FReepers. Of course, if my guess is correct (and I hope it isn't), none of what any of us are suggesting is going to do you any good: There may be a BIOS upgrade that you could apply (but there probably isn't), but you may well wind up getting a new PC, anyway.
I have been through this scenario myself. If you are using a WinXP upgrade disk to upgrade ME to XP, that can be problematic.
The italics above present the best option (in my estimation) and is my standard operating procedure when upgrading anyone's machine to XP. Install XP to a new drive ( a biggun') and use the old drive as a slave unit...moving documents and data at your leisure then using your old Program Files directory as a guide to what needs to be installed on the new drive.
Heck, you can even create a new folder on your new drive called "Old C:drive" and copy all the old drive's contents there then toss the old drive and get a new big one as a slave drive for snapshots for backups using Norton Ghost (the ONLY Symantec product worth using).
Unfortunately, it would entail purchasing a new copy of XP since the Upgrade disk will not install clean without the presence of a pre-existing Microsoft OS.
But, there is hope. If you can get your hands on a copy of Windows 98, install THAT first on the new drive, then upgrade to XP with your Upgrade disk. That should work....just use your ME disk and do a clean install of that first, etc, etc.
Bon Chance mes ami!
If your Micron is a PIII you should have no problems running XP.
Restart the computer and boot from the WinXP cd. Install XP on an empty partition of your c: drive. DO NOT DO AN UPGRADE FROM ME! This way after it installs and reboots it will ask you each time which operating system you want to boot with. If you have problems with XP, you can still boot with ME and try to fix it.
I would still have to buy XP Home Edition (I have XP Home Edition Upgrade), would I not? Not that I’m going to get out of this without spending more money, apparently.
Just curious, why would memory DIMMs of different sizes hurt the computer?
Oh, I don't know about that. If you keep the number of processes loaded at startup to a reasonable minimum and you aren't doing gaming, video editing, or other processor-intensive tasks, XP can run fine on a 667mHz machine. In fact, I've got it running at home on a box that runs at 500mHz. It's marvelous for running MS Office, surfing the web, and playing solitaire. =]
See post #12. That is the correct solution to get out of the mess. Otherwise figure out a way to back up the files you want to keep then format the hard drive and install XP fresh.
I’m afraid you are setting yourself up for a life of pain if you try to run XP on a 667 mhz processor. If you have Win2K available it runs reasonably well on that class of processor and would be a better choice.
Actually you can install an upgrade to a clean drive. You just need to have the original CD for the old OS version available. At some point during setup XP will ask you to insert the disk for the upgrade qualifying product before continuing setup.
oh never mind. I misread you sorry.
Windows XP is fine, it just goes batty at times ... upgrades being one of the risk times. With the cost of disk drives these days, I usually buy 80 GB drives for $29 on sale, the best way is to have a few spares.
I run XP in 384 MB and on a 500 mhz PIII just for the pain, it’s quite slow. But 512 MB should be sufficient for minimum use. Nowadays I recommend a GB or more.
If you get XP make sure you get the OEM version without the craplettes — It makes it a bit more bearable on slow systems, and quite snappy on a better machine.
Went to kommando.com. Why is it in French?
The computer is a Micron Electronics Millennia with a Pentium III. I am installing the Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade with SP 2. I haven’t checked out Micron’s support yet.
You can uninstall the craplets, can't you? I'm sure I won't need most of them.
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