I have a Dell 8300 running XP with 1GB of RAM and a 40GM HD. Yesterday, I received an error message stataing something to the tune of "Some Windows components are missing. Please insert your Windows XP disc". Doing so resulted in a reinstall that stopped about halfway through (Setup will complete in approximately 39 minutes), and then I get:
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.
Hitting OK (only option) gives me this:
System Setup Log - (C:\Windows\setuperr.log)
The signarture for Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade is invalid. the error code is fffffdda.
The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffdda in the message file for syssetup.dll
Setup failed to install product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more inforation.
This information is repeated numerous times in the same dialogue box. When I hit close on the box (only option), the system restarts and does the same thing beginning right where it left off (39 minutes remaining). It will say "Setup is being restarted..." and then show the fatal error message again.
*I have tried restarting in Safe Mode, and it will not let me ("Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart soon.") and goes back into the never ending loop of restart->setup fatal error->restart.
*I have tried restarting without the Windows XP CD in the drive and its still the same result.
*I have tried hitting the "Pause/Break" key at the very onset of a booting up, but it just sits there.
*I have tried doing a restore from the "Last Known Good Configuration" option but it says:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or ocrrupt:
Please reinstall a copy of the above file
Has anyone seen this before? I tried Googling the error code of "fffffdda", but the MS support site says it is Windows 2000 related, but I am running XP.