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Repairing Windows XP

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I tried to repair my windows xp after a nasty trojan horse released all of its contents into my hardrive.

It was working through deleting old files and and installing new ones from the "re-installation" CD, until a blue screen slide show describing windows xp and on the left a list of steps leading to finalization of installation. Below the list there is a timer that starts at 39 min, when it gets to 38 min, an error message comes up:

Failed to install product catalogs

setup was unable to start service tabsrv because of the following error:

OpenService (tabsrv) returned error 1060(424)


The signature for Windows XP Professional Upgrade is invalid. The error
code is fffffb40 (not exactly sure if the 0 is a zero or the letter 'O').

The system cannot find message text for message number 0xffffffb40 in the
message file for syssetup.dll

Fatal Error:

One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be

The operation was cancelled by the user.

These errors are repeated in a list of error logs and they just repeat in no real pattern.

If anyone can help... I really need it and quickly...

Also, if it would be easier just to re-install windows all together, tell me if that would format the entire harddrive and erase all of my files. Thanks so much.
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First thing I would do is test the RAM with http://www.memtest86.com

Memtest86 is a stand alone program that cannot be executed under windows and must
be loaded from a floppy disk.

To install Memtest86:
- Extract the files from the zip archive
- Open the directory where the files were extracted and click on "install.bat".
- The install program will prompt you for the floppy drive and also prompt you to
insert a blank floppy.
- To run Memtest86 leave the floppy in the drive and reboot.

NOTE: After the boot floppy has been created you will not be able to read the floppy
from windows. This is normal.
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Hi!. I also have this error.
It happened when I deleted the class registry keys because I did not know that it connected with windows. I think that is what the trojan did in your story, Insert...
Next thing I know, computer does not function, I can't click on anything.
I restart the computer and nothing happens. I try to repair using a Windows XP CD. It installs Windows XP Home Edition and the exact error (that Insert has...) comes up for me. At 39 mins, setup freezes and tells me:

"OpenService(tabsrv) returned error 1060 (424)"

And many .CATs cannot be removed by setup.
At the end of the HUGE error list, it says:

"FATAL ERROR: Setup failed to install the prodcut catalogs. The setup log files should contain more information. "
"ERROR: "The signature for Windows XCP Home Edition Upgrade is invalide. The error code is ffffffdda. The system cannot find message number 0xffffffdda in the message file for syssetup.dll."

I try everything, from boot-ups to repairs, nothing works.
Whenever I boot the computer with a floppy disk, it can't read the C: drive.
I have:
Pentium 4 1.8GHZ
1 Gigabyte of RAM
1 100 GB Hard Drive with 0 paritions
Windows XP Home Edition

If anyone can tell me or help me, that would be appreciated.
P.S. I can't get into Windows XP...
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Please start your own thread.....
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