XP Can't copy files during setup

Microsoft Windows xp home edition w/sp2
January 20, 2010 at 07:33:23
Specs: Windows XP
Hi. I was deleting Vista and installing XP, and I had the same problem as a poster on an earlier (now locked) thread. (S)he kept having to skip files that wouldn't copy over from the install CD, and so the install failed. Other users encouraged him/her to get a second CD or to install via DOS.

I had the same problem, so instead of letting XP 'delete' the previous Windows incarnation while installing, I reformatted the target partition completely first. Then it worked fine. No more copying errors.


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January 20, 2010 at 11:24:11
...and I had the same problem as a poster on an earlier (now locked) thread...

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January 20, 2010 at 20:57:06

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January 20, 2010 at 21:00:00
As I said, just reformatting the partition as NTFS (even though it was already an NTFS drive) fixed the problem. XP seems to have issues overwriting old system files sometimes (if I had to guess).

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January 31, 2010 at 21:20:27
A family member of mine had this exact problem.

Boot from a Windows XP Home disc (tried many different discs)
Get through the formatting/partitioning setup
Get to the part of the install where it copies files over to the hard drive and multiple errors would pop up.

At first I thought it was a bad disc: no dice
Then I thought it was a bad hard drive: no dice
Switched motherboards: no dice
Switched out All of the RAM (2 x 2GB): no dice
Re-seated the CPU/Heatsink and re-applied thermal paste: no dice

I took out one stick of RAM and the install went through without issue.

The stick of RAM I took out was not bad.
The DIMM Slot(s) were not bad.
XP Home SP2 kept failing because of the amount of memory in the system.

After the install, I place the second stick of RAM back in and no problems. Of course not all 4GBs of RAM are recognized, but the RAM was still usable.

If anyone can shed some light onto WHY XP Home SP2 will not install with 4GB of RAM, please let me know.

Thanks, and I hope I helped someone.

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January 31, 2010 at 23:51:46
Sometimes it's better to delete the partition completely, then create a new one and format.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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