Windows XP forum: setup cannot copy the file:... (XP Installation Problem)

by: poocano78 September 3, 2005 5:05 PM PDT

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setup cannot copy the file:... (XP Installation Problem)

by poocano78 - 9/3/05 5:05 PM

Well I have been trying to install XP Home Edition for 2 days now with no luck.

XP was previously installed on the machine but the machine had many viruses and problems so we wanted to wipe everything clean and re-install. Computer is a fairly new HP (a220n) with an AMD processor.

Well everytime we try and install XP (brand new from Best Buy) it crashes in one form or another.

We get to the point where "setup is copying files" and every time at least 1 (up to 10) time we get the error "cannot copy the file: (varies every time) We either hit enter to retry (sometimes it works) or we hit escape to skip it.

After this part finishes it goes into the actual installation of XP. Well this is when it always crashes. The closest we have gotten is within 18 minutes of being finished. Most of the time it is the blue screen of death, but other errors have occured as well.

This is getting very frustrating and I'm at a lost of what to do.

The thing is, is that I have an old disc of Windows 98 and this will install just fine. I have tried upgrading to xp from the newly installed 98 but still the same thing.

I have even tried XP Corporate and another XP home and they all do the same thing.

I could really use some help here. Would I be best off just buying a whole new hard drive? Any tips or info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Adam
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