problem installing windows xp

By yellowjello ยท 5 replies
Oct 16, 2006
  1. i have a problem installing windows xp onto my computer.

    while im installing it says cannot copy files or something like that and it tells me to retry or skip

    ive tried installing windows a few times but it just doesnt work on this comp

    the cd seems fine since it installed on another comp the day before .. would it be a harddrive problem? what causes files to not be copied like this
  2. Darth_Terra1

    Darth_Terra1 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    I asume you have an official Xp disc if not your not going to get anymore help, if you do then the problem you have will be either the disc is damaged in some way ie scratched or it's dirty and needs cleaning, or like you said there is a problem with the HDD maybe bad sectors so you should run scandisc and check out the drive.
  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    It could also be a problem with the cd or dvd drive that you are installing it from!!!!
  4. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    i don't think there is a scandisc command in dos. it's chkdsk with r or f option to repair/fix and retrieve data if possible. and besides, how can one run these commands, without an os?

    anyway, if the pc has an older cd-rom drive, some have problems navigating to so many directories deep in the file system. if the cd is scratched, it won't work on the other pc's either. so, the problem is on the cd-rom drive. you can try to install another (recent) cd-rom drive that can overcome the directories that are sometimes 7 or 8 deep in the file system on the cd. another problem with reading the cd, is compaq laptop cd-rom drives.
  5. Darth_Terra1

    Darth_Terra1 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    the installation cd has system tools on it so you can check.. or use a boot disk with them on.. there are means and ways without having the OS installed.
  6. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    I don't think you are grasping the subject here. without OS, there's no command interpreter. even if there are executables on the cd, an OS needs to execute it. without an os, any tools on the cd is worthless. it's the cd that installs any and all tools along with the command interpreter. if the pc has already been booted with a 98 boot disk or something, then the commands on the cd would work, but without an OS, your statement is moot.
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