Error loading operating system after Windows XP setup

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

The computer's BIOS does not support the computer hard drive's size or settings

Windows XP

This issue is often caused when the BIOS does not properly detect the hard drive. To resolve this issue, update the computer motherboard's BIOS.

Computer Hard drive is not properly setup in CMOS

Verify that the computer's hard drive is properly setup in CMOS setup.

Once in CMOS, verify the below hard drive settings.

  1. Verify the hard drive is detected.
  2. Try changing the "Access mode" on the hard drive to Large or LBA. This setting may vary depending on the BIOS.

Issue with drive's partitions

This issue can because if the disk drives are not properly setup or have been changed by another program, such as a utility that comes with a Linux distribution. To resolve this issue, delete, and recreate all the partitions before running the Windows XP setup.

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