|Okay, sorry new to this computing.net forum...|
I did a clean install of Windows XP today.
I used these helpful instructions: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/opera...
When I got to the Windows installation process right after the initial setup and preparation I found an error I later found through troubleshooting and online research to be quite common.
My error: Files needed "The file 'asms' on Windows Home Edition Service Pack 2 CD is needed. type the path where the file is located, and then click OK"
I click, "OK" and find that nothing happens for D:\ or D:\1386 for finding the asms file.
I found that the PC is not responding to the CDROM, (and I had been aware of trouble with the CDROM not working so well)
This problem is found all over online from many people and the common fix seems to be directing people here.
I never quite got to this. My attempt at the first step was to hit shift+f10 to open command prompt (that worked) then, Type regedit.exe, and then press ENTER.
This led me to, "the system cannot execute the specified program."
So there was nothing in the Microsoft support page about this happening....
I forget which post I was on or the oldgeek was talking about and I don't completely understand it but...
It was a success! Clean install complete.
What the guy mentioned in the post was,
instead of typing regedit.exe in the command prompt try and old trick,
Try typing, MSCDEX.exe or MSCDEXNT.exe
I did the second one.. had to click OK after...
Then I just clicked cancel because I was still stuck with needing the asms file..
The PC did it's default restart and was brought back to the same setup..
ONLY THIS TIME IT WORKED.
not sure the MSCDEXNT.exe worked or not but a common enough problem I thought I would spread the word.