XP Won't Install

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April 21, 2009 at 12:21:14
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.392 GHz / 766 MB
A friend got this computer from his work and he wants me to completely wipe it and reinstall Windows XP so he can start off fresh. I can do the first part without any problem, but when it comes to the second part, I run into problems. The computer seems to discriminate against a few files. Those files are:

Once it gets to the usrcntra.dll, it just rejects everything when it tries to copy the files. I have tried two different discs, and have even installed the XP installer on a flash drive to install it to no avail. Anyone ever heard of a computer discriminating certain files? Any other ideas to install XP to this machine? Thanks!


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April 21, 2009 at 15:05:13
- Boot off the XP CD
- delete existing partitions
- create new partitions (at least two; one for XP, one for storage)
- format as NTFS (full format, not quick)
- install XP

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April 21, 2009 at 17:07:07
Install memtest on a floppy or burn to a disk boot to the memtest program let it run

A bad stick of ram can cause many install errors that would otherwise be hard if not impssible to track down

was the old o/s acting up ?

Hardware issues are all that would cause a problem if your install disk is good


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April 21, 2009 at 17:42:04
Those are the steps that I have gotten to so far, but when it says "Copying Files" before getting to the GUI XP install part, it copies some files and then stops copying them at all.

The old OS was not acting up as far as I know. He just got this computer from his work. He wanted me to wipe it completely and reinstall Windows. Wait a sec. He also wanted me to put in new RAM, and that may be the problem. I'll try without the new RAM in it and see if it works then.

Also, Thanks for the responses! It is kind of late here right now so I will probably respond tomorrow. Thanks again!


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April 21, 2009 at 18:03:02
Okay, apparently the RAM was the problem. It went off without a hitch when I took the new stick out, so, thanks!

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