Windows Setup freeze

Having trouble with windows setup not starting, and just freezing on “Setup is inspecting your computers hardware configuration”?

Here’s a couple handy suggestions:

  • If you happen to have one plugged in, try unplugging your external hard drive

    Note: This also works for regular Windows XP installs, when they hang on startup and it just shows a blank screen until you unplug the drive.

  • if the above one didn’t work, try creating an NTFS partition that is smaller than the whole drive (you can do this using a linux live cd like Ubuntu).