What to Do if You Get a Fatal Error Warning
What Is a Fatal Error Warning?
If you’re attempting to upgrade your Windows operating system (Windows 95, 98, Millennium) to Windows XP, you may receive a Fatal Error warning in the last part of the setup phase. The error may present itself as “Fatal Error. An Error Has Been Encountered That Has Prevented Setup from Continuing.”
What Causes a Fatal Error?
A Fatal Error during setup occurs when something on your computer prevents the last phase of setup to occur. This may be due to certain settings on your computer preventing the setup or an issue with a particular drive or file at that particular time. A Fatal Error may also occur if your computer or Setup program stops responding which prevents setup from completing.
How to Fix a Windows Fatal Error
There are couple options to fixing a Fatal Error during setup depending on the root of the problem and when the issue occurs during the XP installation process.
Solution 1: Restart your computer if the Fatal Error occurs during setup.
- Restart your computer.
- Press F8 when you’re prompted to select an operating system to start.
- Use your arrow keys to choose Last Known Good Configuration on the Advanced Option Menu listing.
- Press Enter.
- In the Please select operating system to start, use the arrow keys to choose Microsoft Windows XP.
Solution 2: Identify and uninstall problem programs by using MS-DOS mode for your previous Windows version.
- Quit the current set-up (for which the Fatal Error occurred).
- Insert the startup disc for the previous version of Windows on your computer and start the computer in MS-DOS mode.
- When prompted, type in scanreg /fix.
- Press enter.
- Note the programs reported to be having problems.
- Restart the computer.
- Go to your computer’s Control Panel.
- Select the Add and Remove Programs utility.
- Uninstall any programs reported as having a problem by scanreg.
- Insert the Windows XP installation CD-ROM and rerun the Setup.
Solution 3: If one of the above solutions still doesn’t resolve the Fatal Error issue, then you may try uninstalling other programs that might cause an issue with installation, such as antivirus and spyware programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Select Cancel Windows XP Setup to restore your computer to its previous version.
- Remove the antivirus and spyware programs (reinstall after installing Windows XP successfully).
- Try reinstalling Windows XP.
One of these solutions should resolve a Windows XP setup Fatal Error to successfully install Windows XP on your computer. Good luck and let me know if you need further assistance!
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