'Incomplete Install blocks W2K repair

August 23, 2011 at 15:39:39
Specs: Windows 2000 Sp4, P4 3.2GHz / 4G
I have W2000 installed on an older machine. Its got some issues that I need to resolve before I can upgrade because of programs and attached peripherals I still need. The problem is that when I begin the W2000 re-installation (repair), it tells me that it cannot continue because there is an incomplete installation of some other software (unnamed). There is nothing that I know of, and I've tried cleaning the registry, but get the same error. .

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August 23, 2011 at 22:13:16
Does the current Win2000 installation run OK?

What is your long range goal with this computer?

What are the issues you are trying to fix?

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August 24, 2011 at 15:22:02
the current installation has issues. One of which is that it won't let me repair it. The main annoyance is that the copy command is broken.. ie., I can't copy or move anything from one place to another.

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August 24, 2011 at 15:26:00
You mention upgrade but haven't stated what you want to upgrade to.

Do you have disks for the programs you need to keep running?

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August 25, 2011 at 04:47:21
It doesn't matter what I want to upgrade to. What I need to do first is get this version of W2000 working properly. There are hundreds of programs and I do not know which ones I might need. The question is how to unblock the Windows 2000 repair, NOT how to upgrade to some other OS. Do you know where Windows stores the information that there is a pending but incomplete installation that would block Windows 2000 repair?

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August 26, 2011 at 21:42:13
"It doesn't matter what I want to upgrade to"

Maybe, maybe not. But would it have killed you to say - XP, Vista, Win 7?

How about explaining how you're attempting the repair. Are you booting off the boot floppies, off the CD, or attempting to run it from within Windows?

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August 27, 2011 at 04:21:39
I am booting from the HD, then using the CD to re-install, selecting "repair" when it detects the existing installation. It stops with the message that it cannot continue because of an incomplete [unnamed] program installation that does not exist.

Do you know anything about that error message and how to eliminate the "incomplete program installation" flag?

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August 27, 2011 at 07:28:48
"I am booting from the HD, then using the CD to re-install"

That's your problem. You need to boot directly from the CD. Here's the WinXP repair instructions, Win2K is done the same way:


Hopefully you have the product key because you're going to need it. And hopefully you realize that the repair will wipe out ALL Windows updates that have been installed over the years.

I don't know why you've refused to state which OS you plan to upgrade to, but by doing what you're doing, you're just making a whole lot more work for yourself.

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August 27, 2011 at 10:15:40
I did not "refuse to state which OS I plan to upgrade to". I have made no decision to upgrade to anything.

The CD is not bootable. However, the product key is printed on the CD. Why would I not have it?

Windows XP instructions do not say where Win2000 stores information that flag a program installation as incomplete. Apparently, you do not know either. Why do you keep posting if you don't know the answer?

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September 7, 2011 at 05:23:44
Your entire problem is you're trying to install W2K from within W2K. You have to run the installation from outside the Windows environment. You'll need to boot directly from the W2K disk & do the 'repair installation'. If your Win2K disk isn't bootable, you'll need to create the boot floppies (set of 4 disks).



Once you've created the floppies, boot off disk 1 & you'll be prompted to insert disks 2, 3, 4, THEN you'll be able to run the repair as per the link in response # 7.

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