Constant Blue screen errors
while attempting to install Windows XP are generally caused by hardware or media
problems. The most common hardware-related installation issue is faulty memory
chips, which can cause havoc to any XP installation. Overheating or a dying or
defective hard disk are other common causes. A severely scratched or otherwise
faulty XP install CD may also cause stop errors.
check your CD and clean or replace it as necessary. Your next step should be
to test your system memory for errors with a diagnostic program.
To do this obtain the Windows Memory
or Memtest memory
diagnostic programs on floppy or CD we mentioned earlier, and use it to boot
your system and test the memory. If either of these programs shows any errors in
your memory, you have likely found the source of your troubles.
Chances are you will need to purchase new memory.
For more information on faulty memory and memory diagnostics, see PCstats Guide
to diagnosing bad
Now it's time to test the hard
drive for errors. Visit the website of your hard drive's manufacturer and
download their drive diagnostic utility software. Every major hard drive company
makes a utility like this freely available. An example is Maxtor's PowerMax
here . Follow the included instructions to
install the software and test your drive(s) for errors.
If no errors were found in memory
or with the hard disk, you need to ensure that your processor is not overheating. Make sure
the fan on the heatsink is in working order and reboot the computer, pressing DEL repeatedly
on startup to go into the BIOS setup screen.
Let your PC run on this screen for an hour or so,
checking back to make sure it has not crashed. If a PC crashes on the BIOS
screen, it generally means the processor is overheating for one reason or
As a final measure, you can
remove all unnecessary hardware from your system before attempting to install
Windows XP again. Power off the computer, remove the case and remove all
Mouse & keyboard
(And obviously the processor and power supply must still be
Attempt to install XP again.
If it works correctly, you can troubleshoot the remaining devices from within