Please help! I have been battling with this all day already!
I am trying to format and reinstall Windows XP onto one of my laptops.
I insert the CD into the drive and then it gives me: PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD
The next message is: SETUP IS BEING RESTARTED ....
A blue box opens up with WINDOWS XP in the top left hand corner and in the box on the left hand side I have COLLECTING INFORMATION (checked), DYNAMIC UPDATE (checked), PREPARING INSTALLATION (checked) and then INSTALLING WINDOWS (highlighted in red and unchecked).
This runs for a while and then I receive a message which says: FATAL ERROR - An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing. Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information. Press OK to view the Setup log file.
I press the OK icon and then get the following:
Warning: Setup failed to remove the product catalog SP2.CAT.
Warning: Setup failed to remove the product catalog SP3.CAT.
Error: The signature for Windows XP Professional Upgrade is invalid. The error code is fffffdda.
They system cannot find message text for message number Oxfffffdda in the message file for syssetup.dll
At the bottom of this message box there is an icon: CLOSE
When I press this the computer starts up again and the same process is repeated over and over.
Please - is there a way in which I can get passed this error?
I cannot even get to the Windows home page or go any further with regards to the setup.
Can I do anything from the BIOS setup if I press F2 right in the beginning of start up?
I would REALLY appreciate your help in this regard as I am totally stumped!
Thanks so much.