While trying to install XP Pro my computer freezes no matter what I do. What's the problem?

Question

I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro. During the period of downloading the setup files the computer always freezes up and stops. This happens at different intervals every time I shut the computer down and restart the setup process all over again. I have formatted the hard drive and even reinstalled Windows 2000 but to no avail. I have 256 Megs of RAM and the processor is 450 MHz. The computer is homemade so I don't have a vendor to turn too.

Answer

This question was answered on February 27, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Check to see if you fit these requirements.

These are the requirement to install XP

PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended

128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)

1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space*

Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

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Posted by Ileen of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 27, 2003