Windows XP Home installation problem
I've recently purchased Windows XP Home and have had some problems installing it.
Firstly, during the "Completing installation" phase I get a pop-up window entitled "COM+ Setup error" with a long message starting "Sub-component COM+ raised an exception while processing the OC_COMPLETE_INSTALLATION setup message..." and error code 0x80040206. I click OK (the only option) to dismiss this.
Secondly (perhaps more importantly), just as installation is about to complete (during the "Saving settings" phase) the machine crashes with a blue screen with a "STOP 0x0000008E" message and something about disabling cacheing and shadowing (whatever they are) in BIOS.
My hardware is a bit old but still should be capable enough:
AMD K6-2 450MHz processor
256 MB RAM (as 2x 128 MB DIMMs)
40 GB Maxtor hard drive (new, 7200 rpm)
20 GB Quantum Fireball hard drive (old, 5400 rpm)
Voodoo 3 2000 AGP graphics
Sound Blaster Live Platinum 5.1 sound card plus Live Drive
Firewire PCI card
10/100 ethernet PCI card.
The same problems occurred consistently over three or four attempts at installation. Thinking that it was some sort of hardware issue, I stripped the PC down to bare essentials, removing everything but the processor, 128MB RAM, CD-RW, graphics, the 40GB hard drive and the ethernet card. XP then installed without a problem!
What I would like to know is, was the problem due to faulty RAM as the Microsoft knowledge base suggests? I have run DocMemory on all 256 MB of RAM and found no problems, so I'm not sure this was the issue. I wonder if the problem was due to power issues? As you can see from the list above, my humble machine (with a 230W power supply) was fully loaded with add-ons, and I wonder whether easing the load on the power supply did the trick.
Any ideas would be very gratefully received.