Errors in installing XP from 98

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November 10, 2009 at 18:58:19
Specs: Windows 98, Intel Cleron
I'm trying to find some way to upgrade my Compaq Armada 110 from Windows 98 to XP. Unfortunately, I run into this error:

Unable to copy R:\1386\mfc42dll to c:\windows\setup\mfc42dll
Unable to copy R:\1386\migisol.exe to C:\windows\setup\migisol.exe

And finally, Error: EFFF58h with a message to contact tech support.

I have no clue how to fix these, and all the previous threads about this seemed to have turned up nothing.

And please no snobbery about doing a clean install or anything like that; I have my reasons for keeping my old programs. What should I do?

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November 10, 2009 at 19:14:05
Could very well be those old programs preventing the upgrade.

Have you tried coping the i386 folder from the cd to the hard drive and running winnt [setup] from there?

Update: guess you didn't know this unit is WAY below xp requirements.

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November 10, 2009 at 19:55:16
Actually, I have. I copied the i386 folder from the CD to the WINDOWS folder. I then copied the rest of the CD on to the same folder and ran the setup from there. Still nothing.

Come to think of it, the files in that folder don't have the dll extension. How do I fix this? Should I copy the files to another folder?

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November 10, 2009 at 20:46:02
The chances of your old software working after an upgrade are slim. Keep 98 intact, repartition the HDD, install XP on the 2nd partition, create a 98/XP dual boot setup.

Is you hardware even capable of running XP? Do you have at least 512MB RAM & a decent enough CPU? XP will run with less, but it won't run well. Cleron? I think you mean, Celeron. If it's a Win98 machine & runs at 66MHz FSB, stick with 98. Save XP for a system that can handle it.

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November 11, 2009 at 17:18:07
I've heard of people using this same model to run XP before, and the system requirements meet the minimum requirements for the OS.

Partition the drive? I don't think so: I have around 3 GB of free space left in the HD, and I don't plan on using up any more than that.

It's just that having to put up with 98 has been really cramping my style. Once Windows 7 support is in full swing, it's gonna be nigh impossible to keep this laptop viable with modern programs and networks. Is doing a clean install my only option here? Or can I still get around those errors?

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November 11, 2009 at 18:04:01
You lack room to install XP and likely have incompatible hardware or software. Give it up. XP will not run on that machine.

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