Error: System not fully installed. Please run setup again.

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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs – Error: System not fully installed. Please run setup again.

This document pertains to all HP and Compaq Desktop PCs with Windows XP.
After completing the initial setup process the PC will not start into Windows. The PC displays the following error:
System not fully installed. Please run setup again.
This error is typically caused when a recovery or the initial setup process is interrupted and not allowed to complete.
NOTE: Certain LCD flat panel monitors may prevent or delay the inital computer software setup. If you are using an LCD flat panel monitor, try attaching a conventional CRT monitor to perform the setup. Once the setup has been completed and you can use Windows, reconnect your LCD flat panel monitor.
NOTE: If this error occurs after perfroming a recovery, to prevent this message from re-appearing in the future, make sure that Windows Setup has finished. In some circumstance it may take several hours.
Resolution: Performing a Recovery
This error is best resolved by recovering all software using the recovery process. The recovery process may take a long time to complete, but it is the easiest method to resolve this issue. To start the recovery process, turn on the PC and press F10 repeatedly when the first screens appear. For more information about HP System Recovery, refer to HP and Compaq Desktop PCs – Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows XP .
CAUTION: Performing a Destructive Recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP and the original software that came with the PC. Be prepared to reinstall software that was not originally included with the PC. You will also need to reconfigure an Internet Connection and obtain all critical Windows Updates, Virus definition updates, and anti-spyware updates.

Alternate method: Resetting System Setup
If you do not want to perform an HP system recovery, you can use the following steps to resolve this error:
Step 1: Opening a command prompt
Use the following steps to open a command prompt:
  1. Turn on the PC.
  2. Press the F10 key repeatedly at the first screen until a System Recovery screen appears.
    If a Welcome screen appears, click OK to continue.
  3. Click Advanced Options .
  4. Press the Alt + D keys to bring up the command prompt window
Step 2: Loading registry hive
Use the following steps to import a registry hive:
  1. At the command prompt enter the following: regedit
  2. Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE .
  3. Click File , and then select Load Hive .
  4. Select the main drive letter (HP_Pavilion or Presario) from the “Look in:” dropdown field at the top of the Load Hive window.
  5. If a system32 error appears, click OK to continue.
  6. Browse to \windows\system32\config and double-click System .
    NOTE: If the system32 folder is empty, type the following into the File name field: \windows\system32\config\system
  7. In the “Key Name” field, type the following: temphive
  8. Click OK .
Step 3: Editing SystemSetupInProgress value
Use the following steps to edit the value:
  1. In the registry editor window, double-click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE , and then double-click temphive .
  2. Select the Setup key.
  3. Double-click the SystemSetupInProgress value in the right window.
  4. Change the “Value data:” field to a numerical zero “0” and then click OK .
Step 4: Unloading the hive and saving
Use the following steps to unload the hive and exit:
  1. Select the temphive key in the left window.
  2. Click File , and then select Unload Hive .
  3. Close the Registry Editor and type the following at the command prompt: exit
  4. Press Enter , and then click Back in the Recovery screen.
  5. Click Quit to exit and restart.
    If this error occurred after installing software (not a recovery and not first time setup), you are finished.
Step 5: Resuming the PC setup process
Use the following steps to start the initial PC Setup process again:
  1. After Windows opens the desktop, click Start , Run , and enter the following into the Open field: c:\hp\bin\firstboot.txt
    The firstboot.txt file opens in Notepad.
  2. Click Edit , and then select Replace .
  3. Type a quotation mark ( ) into the “Find what:” field.
  4. Click Replace All .
  5. Delete the following text: [Commands]
  6. Click File and then Save As .
  7. Type firstboot.bat in the File name field.
  8. Make sure that path ends with the bin directory, and click the Save button.
  9. click Start , Run , and enter the following into the Open field: c:\hp\bin\firstboot.bat
  10. Click OK and do not touch the keyboard or mouse until the “Please Wait” screen closes.
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