where does xp put its install files.

July 31, 2011 at 12:15:54
Specs: winxp, 555 phenom
Wow, talk about a hard search argument... I have a situation where xp did its file copy but could not modify the boot.ini to point to the new files. So I had to do it manually. Though, I can not fine the files? I did a bootcfg /rebuild and it could not find the files. Maybe xp put them on another drive, why I would not have a clue? So what am I looking for? I though the folder was $win_nt$ though its not to be found. I know xp copied the files, that was pretty obvious... but where?

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#1
July 31, 2011 at 15:12:55
Without knowing too much information, the simple answer to your question is that the Windows OS files are installed in C:\Windows by default. Unless you ran a parallel install for some reason and directed them somewhere else.

What exactly is the problem you're having?


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#2
July 31, 2011 at 15:32:46
BTW: I should have said this was an upgrade.

yeah I just learned that myself. Man I never knew that? So if I do an upgrade and the upgrade fails to complete ( never finishes ) how do i tell it to boot to the old os?

I was 100% sure doing an upgrade didnt harm files till the process was complete. I guess I was wrong? during setup "installing devices" I get this BSOD irq not less then error.

I know this error generally means a hardware issue but I can install a clean OS along wide of it ( windows.0 ). Since I can see the FS is there anything I can do manually to help xp install?


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#3
July 31, 2011 at 18:48:18
I read a bit about setup logs

here is the memory.dmp:
I found the dmp file here is what I can get form it.
This was probably caused by the following module: Unknown (0xFFFFFFFF80544758)
Bugcheck code: 0xA (0xAC, 0x2, 0x1, 0xFFFFFFFF806E784A)
Error: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Bug check description: This indicates that Microsoft Windows or a kernel-mode driver accessed paged memory at DISPATCH_LEVEL or above.
This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.
A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: Unknown .
Google query: Unknown IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Tail of setupact:
An extended error has occurred.


desk.cpl: Returning 0xe000020e for function 0x17 and device ROOT\DISPLAY\0000
desk.cpl: Returning 0xe000020e for function 0x18 and device ROOT\DISPLAY\0000
desk.cpl: Returning 0xe000020e for function 0x15
desk.cpl: Returning 0xe000020e for function 0x22
desk.cpl: Returning 0xe000020e for function 0x20
desk.cpl: Could not create the video device registry key because RegOpenKeyEx failed.
desk.cpl: Returning 0x00000000 for function 0x2 and device ROOT\DISPLAY\0000
desk.cpl: Returning 0xe000020e for function 0x1e


setuperr:
Error:
Setup encountered an error while trying to set system security.

An extended error has occurred.

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If any one can shed light here please do! If setup is trying to reinstall drivers can I just swap folders out? I know I have a clean install of system32/driver ( if that is where the driver are in fact stored )


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#4
July 31, 2011 at 20:21:31
the swapping of the driver folder did the trick ;)

Still, I'd like to know if there is a way to cancel the upgrade and revert for future use?


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