Solved: ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ When Booting From WinXP CD


Here is a quick tip for fixing an issue that caused me some grief this afternoon when I was trying to downgrade an installation of Vista back to XP on an ASUS F6A notebook computer. This fix may well apply to a lot of other systems too.

When I tried booting from my WinXP installation disc, the system began loading all the files and drivers as it normally would and then froze and went to the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death or BSOD. After a lot of rooting around it turned out a setting in the BIOS was the cause of the problem.

To fix it, I simply entered the computers BIOS while it was booting up by pressing F2 (most computers use the Del key). I then went to ‘Advanced’ -> ‘IDE Configuration’ -> Changed ‘SATA Operation Mode’ from ‘Enhanced’ to ‘Compatible’ and then Exit & Save Changes by pressing F10.

Boot from your XP CD and voila! It should work.

Happy XPee’ing 😉


27 thoughts on “Solved: ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ When Booting From WinXP CD”

  1. I am having the same problem, but there is no setting in my bios that lets me fix this problem as you said. I am running on an HP Compaq 610

  2. This worked great for me. The options were a little different for mine, somehow the BIOS got set to look for a RAID and it’s a single drive machine.(My machine had many bad viruses installed so one of them must have changed the BIOS) Anyway, after hunting around in the BIOS I found an option to switch to ATA instead of the RAID setup and it worked great.

  3. This worked for me…some of the options were a little different.

    I’m running Windows XP on a Dell OptiPlex 760 tower and always got the BSoD after trying to boot XP from the install CD. I hit F2 (and Del) during the initial boot up.

    I changed (under drives I believe) to ATA from SATA and it booted the installation finally! Thank you.

  4. This also worked for me, on the ASUS P8Z77 it was located in the sata controller menu. I had to select IDE before it would boot properly

  5. It worked for me too, it was different though, i changed my IDE Configuration from to , after that i could repair my Windows XP with a fixboot and stuff. Thanks a lot, this was something i never had before, and it completely confused me.

  6. Hi Rick,You’re not the only one to face a rebooting Contivity,Ours tunerd out to be a rogue machine sending out too many network requests killing the network.We ended up having to remove all the machines off the network (unplugged from the switch) then plug them back in, one at a time, waiting 10 minutes between each, to see which one finally triggered the reboot.You could also see the problem happening by checking the memory statistics (Status HealthCheck Memory Usage) We found when the rogue machine was connected, the free memory would slowly (or quickly) start to go down, when it gets to somewhere under 10Mb free, reboot time!As to retrieving the keys, I have no idea if this will work or not, try it at your own risk, it was something I was planning on trying but never needed to in the end due to finding the rogue machine.If you go to Servers LPAD, stop the service, then create a backup (Give it a name you’ll recognise)You can then restart the service, then FTP to the contivity (Same username / password you use to access the Management Web Interface) go to the system/slapd/ldif folder and copy out the file you just created.If memory serves, if you download it in ascii format it’s formatted easier to read in notepad than if done in binary mode (but it could be the other way round)In there you’ll find the encrypted pre-shared keys for the tunnels (and encrypted passwords for dial up VPN users)Now I don’t know how to decrypt them, maybe some googling / hacker tools will help there, but my plan at the time was to grab the file, do a fresh configuration on the contivity, rebuild the tunnels with random pre-shared keys, export it’s lpad config file, edit it replacing the encrypted keys it contains with the encrypted keys from the previous file.Then put the new file back on the contivity (again via FTP) and then do a resotre from the file.Again, I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS, but facing the same issue you had, I was willing to give it a try if it came to it, maybe it will work, maybe the encrypted keys are encrypted based on a system build specific thing I don’t know.I leave whether or not to try it up to you.Guy

  7. Thank, that’s worked for me on dell optiplex 755. F2>Bios>Drives> Back to ATA instead, of SATA Raid. Thank you a lot. Regards

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