After you upgrade your computer to Windows XP, you may
experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Your computer unexpectedly restarts at random
- When you start your computer, you receive the following
Windows could not start because the
following file is missing or corrupt:
- When you start your computer by using the Windows XP Recovery Console or by starting from the Windows XP CD-ROM, you receive one of the following error messages:
Setupdd.sys could not be loaded.
Error code 4.
Setupdd.sys could not be loaded. Error code 7.
This issue may occur if your computer contains a
hardware component that is either damaged or is incompatible with Windows XP.
To troubleshoot this issue, follow these steps.Warning
Do not complete the following procedure unless you are very
familiar with internal computer hardware removal and installation. The hardware
components in a computer are very sensitive to static electricity. For
information about the correct handling of computer components, contact your
- Shut down your computer, and then remove all the Peripheral
Component Interconnect (PCI) devices.
- Restart your computer.
- If Windows starts successfully, shut down your
computer, and then reinstall the PCI devices one at a time. Start Windows
after the installation of each device. When you install a device that causes
the issue that is described in the "Symptoms" section, remove that device, and then continue to install the other PCI
- If Windows does not start successfully, remove one or
more of the memory modules that are installed in your computer. Leave sufficient
RAM for your computer to start and run Windows XP.
Note Windows XP requires 128 megabytes (MB) RAM. The minimum is 64 MB and the
maximum is 4 gigabytes (GB).
For example, if two 256-MB memory
modules are installed in your computer, remove one of the memory modules. If
Windows starts successfully, shut down the computer, and then reinstall the RAM
modules one at a time. Start Windows after the installation of each RAM
module. When you install a module that causes the issue
that is described in the "Symptoms" section, remove that
module, and then continue to install the other RAM modules.
- Determine if the PCI devices in your computer are
compatible with Windows XP. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Hardware
Compatibility List (HCL) Web site:
For information about how to contact computer hardware manufacturers, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
For additional information about related topics, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Devices may not power up properly when resuming from standby
"STOP 0x0000008e" error message during Windows XP Setup
Article ID: 330181 - Last Review: June 23, 2008 - Revision: 3.1
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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