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Windows 7: Trying to format hd and reinstall xp (current have Win7RC) but errors.

25 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 RC
Trying to format hd and reinstall xp (current have Win7RC) but errors.

So I have Windows 7 RC installed on my computer still, and as we all know... it's going to expire very soon.

What I want to do is simple, I want to reformat my hard drive, and install Windows XP Pro...which I own and have a product key for.

When I put my CD in the drive and restart, I get the "Press any key to boot from disc" screen, I press a key, and it'll take me to the blue Windows Setup screen, and it begings to inspect my hardware.. and this is where the problem is (I haven't even began to install or make any changes to my hard drive and I get this lovely blue screen of death-type error:

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.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D224, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
Now, I haven't have any changes to any hardware on my laptop ever. I ran chkdsk and it didn't find any errors, and it ran both a quick scan, and full scan. And I also ran some type of scan within Window 7 (right-click drive C, then "Properties", then "Tools", then something like "Scan drive for errors/bad sectors") and it also said everything was fine.

Can anybody tell me what I should try next? I'm beginning to get very frustrated. Last night I sat down, backed up all the necessary data from my hard drive, and was looking forward to having a clean installed OS, and I can't even get it to install.

(BTW computer is HP Pavilion dv4-1313dx. I am using a Windows XP disc to attempt the format.)

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25 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard

Exact same thing is happening to my laptop! lets just say windows XP is not supported...

i suppose you laptop didnt come with XP right?
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25 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard

microsoft kb article on this 0x0000007B error: Advanced troubleshooting for "Stop 0x0000007B" errors in Windows XP

try reading that~
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25 May 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Boot your computer up using the Win 7 CD.

When you get to the very first dialog asking you to hit the NEXT key, then:
use the Shift + F10 key combo to get to a command prompt.

You will be using the DISKPART program and its commands to wipe your hard disk clean.


type DiskPart, Enter key
type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, Iíll be using the numeral 0
type Select disk 0, Enter key
type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
type EXIT, Enter key (only after Clean is finished)
type EXIT, Enter key (this gets you back where you were)
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