I have been trying for the past two days to install windows onto a new hard drive. A little background. I have a Compaq Presario S4020WM desktop pc. The hard drive in it stopped working and I did not have the recovery disks, so I replaced it. I ordered a new copy of Windows XP Home Edition, but ended up with XP Pro. I tried to install Windows after partitioning the drive to isolate it from other programs. As it was copying the files, I began to receive errors that some file could not be copied or found. I started over, let the install delete the partitions, and re-tried the install that way. It made it through the copying files stage, but after the reboot I received the following error: SXS.DLL: Syntax error in manifest or policy file "D:\1386\asms\10\MSFT\WINDOWS\GDIPLUS.MAN" on line 4 I started all over again and this time, I was actually able to install and load Windows. Once it is running, I go to Microsoft to get the updates that I need, and nothing wil download. I tried to install System Suite Professional, it would not let me either. I once again, reformatted the hard drive to start fresh and now it hangs up copying the files. I am at a loss as to what to do at this point.