I’ve been having a recurring problem with Windows XP Professional freezing at the welcome screen after a fresh install.
I am able to format the hard drive and install Windows successfully and it is operational for about 2 days. During that time I install and update drivers for KB/mouse, MB (using on board graphics), printer, and install MS Office. I am not doing anything else except letting the Windows updates download and install. Then when I restart the computer it is frozen at the welcome screen.
I have the same issue with Safe Mode, so I’m unable to enter there either. I’ve tried installing on 2 different HDs and 2 different motherboards and am experiencing the same issues (5 times now). Any help would be greatly appreciated.