Win XP Install disk hang up

December 7, 2012 at 15:16:13
Specs: Windows XP

It booted from the install disk but when it displays a screen stating "files needed." It dosn't recognize the D: drive

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#1
December 7, 2012 at 15:57:52

There is obviously something wrong otherwise you wouldn't be doing the install.
Does the computer boot to Windows at all, either from normal or Safe Mode?

I've not seen that message before - is it the exact and full error message?

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#2
December 7, 2012 at 16:09:47

Yes, after detecting the hardware, it goes to a screen entitled "files needed" and thats where it hangs. It doesn't recognize the D: drive anymore and asking that insert the install disk.

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#3
December 7, 2012 at 16:22:59

OK but "Does the computer boot to Windows at all, either from normal or Safe Mode?"

I asked this because if you can do so it would mean we could look at various things to do with the D drive.

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#4
December 7, 2012 at 16:59:21

Yes, it displays the Splash screen, then the message "resarting instll." it asks for the "install disk, but doesn't recognize that it already there

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#5
December 7, 2012 at 17:05:41

I think we might be talking about two different things.

What I mean is without any CD in the drive can you get to normal Windows, in SAFE MODE if necessary?

Or are you saying it now gives this message even with no disk in the drive?

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#6
December 7, 2012 at 17:18:29

Yes, it boots to the "continuing the installtion screen" but at that point it hangs, CD or no CD

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#7
December 7, 2012 at 17:36:11

All understood - I'll assume it was the same in Safe Mode.

Two things.

First turn off the computer and remove the mains. If it is a laptop remove the battery too. Now hold the power off/on button in for 20 seconds. After this see if it either resumes the install or allows you to restart the install.

If that doesn't help see if this does:
http://twigstechtips.blogspot.com/2...

Best try suggestion B, particularly if you are not at home in the registry.

Off you bed now (in UK) but someone else might take up your plight in the meantime.

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#8
December 7, 2012 at 18:06:59

I don't know what youmean by"mains" but the reall issue is the lack of .dll files, some applications perform as expected, while others don't. The PCI controller won't install, and retsore doesn't solve the problem. sfc /scannow dosn't function and Trying to create a usb boot drive has been an excercise in fulility. I'll try that on/ff button thing but right now its in the 5th stage of a chkdks.. It at 50% and working extremely slow.

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#9
December 8, 2012 at 06:49:35

"Mains" = the main power source. In other words, pull the plug.

You don't happen to have a SATA HDD, do you? If you do, you're either going to have to create a new XP disk with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it, or you're going to have to enter the BIOS & change the HDD controller setting to IDE mode.

Are you 100% sure your XP disk is good?

If you don't care if you lose your data, start the installation over again. Boot off the disk, "press any key" when prompted, wipe out the partition, create a new partition, format with NTFS, then continue with the install.

"It dosn't recognize the D: drive"

What is the D drive? Is it your CD/DVD drive or a 2nd partition on the HDD? If it's a 2nd partition, why are you trying to install to D?


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#10
December 8, 2012 at 08:07:49

Thanks, but I'm not trying to install to D:. D: is the CD rom. Also, I thnik the problem might be that it's a Dell Latitude D410. I changed the HD to a 250 G and the memory to 1 G, so BIOS might be having a hard time. No, I want the data on C: Thanks, anyway but I realize I'm on my own.

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#11
December 8, 2012 at 11:35:50

Unfortunately we have had to squeeze information out of you in order to properly understand what is going on. Even now I doubt we have the full story and we still have no idea about the background to this situation. We can only respond in terms of what you tell us.

some applications perform as expected, while others don't
Sorry it makes no sense. Earlier you said you couldn't even get to Windows (CD or not).

If you are trying to re-install the operating system then the only dll's that matter are those which are installed from the disk. You don't need any on the computer before you start - in fact it could be completely empty.

I think you are "on your own" because you don't appear to want to consider anything, unless it is based your own preconceived ideas about things. In which case that's fine but you are the only person who can proceed in that way.

Good luck - hope it works out.


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