Windows XP install fails with SATA drive

So, you are installing the good old  MS Windows XP on a new piece of hardware and at the very initial stages of the setup it all comes to halt with a blue screen and a message:

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.

The reason for the failure most likely is that the XP just does not know how to handle your brand new SATA drive.

Fix it like this:

  • Reboot
  • As soon as it reboots, press F2 to get to BIOS settings
  • Find the position labelled “SATA mode” (probably under the “Main” menu header)
  • If it is “AHCI”, then change it to “IDE” (if it isn’t, the problem is elsewhere, and this may not help)
  • Exit saving changes

Your MS Windows XP setup now shall proceed smoothly.


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