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Problem installing Windows XP Pro.


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guttermouth punk

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Hi, I just finished putting my PC I built together today.

Now, I have formated the HDD and am trying to install Windows.

But, its messed up (I think?):

Setup cannot copy the file driver.cab

I've stopped here...

It says:

To retry, press ENTER (tried a number of times, doesn't work)
To skip, press ESC (will it be ok if I skip it?)
To quit setup, press F7.

What should I do about this driver.cab thing?
Thanks!
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guttermouth punk

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Ugh... I quit the setup to restart it..
Now when I get to the post screen it says:

NTLDR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

And I can't go back to installing Windows..

What the...?
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clean your cd (soap and warm water, pat dry) Clean your cd-rom as well.

---that is a terribly important file, it holds all the default drivers and you will not be installing without it.

You can, in a pinch, format your drive, copy the contents of the cd's i386 directory to it, and install from the drive, to the drive (or from a secondary drive) using dos command, as well.

For some reason, sometimes the DOS copy command is more successful then the windows setup routine (I suspect because it copies slower)
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Ugh... I quit the setup to restart it..
Now when I get to the post screen it says:

NTLDR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

And I can't go back to installing Windows..

What the...?

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you have a partial windows install and your harddrive is set as the first boot device.

Go into bios and set the first device to teh cd-rom drive
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Alright, cleaned the disk off and am trying again..

I let my friend borrow it and its RIDDLED with scratches... If it doesn't work this time I'll head down the road to borrow my buds copy of it.

>.>

EDIT:

Ok, no work.. Stuck at the driver.cab file again..

If I do skip it, can I repair it when I get windows up and running, or do I need to find another install disk?

Edited by guttermouth punk, 16 June 2005 - 12:09 PM.

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time to beat your friend


never loan people your windows media, even if they have a licensed version of windows. If you must, load them a copy. Windows Cds are not copy protected in anyway.
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My CD is a copy aswell..

My friends (The one I'm going to go borrow) is the real one. Its in the box still, he got it out and copied it the first day he got it so he didn't risk scratching it.. I borrow the copy (with my OWN serial key too,lol) and installed it to this current PC I'm on. And then let me friend borrow it.
Now I need it for my new PC I built, and can't because it has a scratch on it... Actually, like 500 scratches.

I got another questions
How many parititions should I make? I have one.. its 150GB big, lol. Should I make another? or just have one? Does it matter?

Thanks.
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personal choice on partitions--it was more important with fat32 because of the less efficient use of space, but less critical for ntfs.

Now it is more a question of organization--though some benefits can be had due to less fragmentation with multiple partitions.

On most machines, I have two partitions---one large ntfs for general use, and one fat32 for backsups, drivers, install files, etc

On another machine, I have three--one for the OS, one for the programs, one for data--and a second drive with two--one for the swapfile and one for backsups.


On an unrelated point, but if you plan on using that OS on two different computers you are pirating the software unless you have two legitimate keys.
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We have keys we paid for.

EDIT:
But, if I install it, Skip the driver.cab

Can I install the driver.cab manually when I get windows up and running?

Edited by guttermouth punk, 16 June 2005 - 12:24 PM.

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no...it needs the file to install basic devices....not an issue if you use a new, good copy
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Hey, I'm back.

I went and got the real copy, setup went fine..

It paused at the driver.cab and i was like !!!!!!!!!!FFS!!!!!!!!

Then it worked, woo... Installing windows now.

Thanks for the help.
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hi

i am having the same sort of problem when installing xp except mine will not copy himem.sys etc so would you say its the disk which is causing this

hpe someone can help
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gutter, the pause is normal...that file is fairly large and too large for the memory cache that setup uses to speed up file copying.

Yes, fernsy, that would be my guess....why don't you run over to gutters house and borrow is cd ?
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LOL wish i could

thanks
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hi

so is himem.sys etc copied from the cd and not the previous os (quite new 2 this kind of stuff as ya can see)
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