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WINDOW XP SET UP FAILED TO INITILIZED.

By vigen7 ·
HI guys

I have reformat windows 7 and start an installing of XP
However I got the error message half way set up
???An error has encountered that prevents setup from continuing.One of the components that windows need to continue could not be installed.
Installation Failed:E\1386|asms error message.The data is invalide.
SXs.DLL:syntax error in manifest or policy fileE\1386\70\MSFT\windows\smwincrt\msw.incrt.
Please help me with this issue
thanks

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Have a look at your cd/dvd disk...

If it is scratched bad then you will need to give it a slight polish or wash under warm water with a small amount of washing liquide and wash from the center (not circular) to the outer surface of the disk in a straight motion. When done and dried (carefully, center to the outer edge) then wait a few minutes to dry thoroughly. Then try again.
If not then do another format of your drive, it should work ok.
Just DO NOT place the WET disk inside your cd/dvd drive. :)

OR get one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Memorex-Optifix-Motorized-Cleaner-Scratch/dp/B00008EM7V

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Also what is the RAM Load of this system?

by OH Smeg In reply to WINDOW XP SET UP FAILED T ...

If you have more than 1 RAM Module installed you could be hitting a Timing Issue and the way around this is to remove all but 1 Module and then load the OS. Ofter the OS is loaded you can refit the RAM that you removed.

The Windows Installer is very finicky when it comes to Timing Issues between different RAM Modules. A system can work perfectly with the RAM but you are unable to install Windows with it fitted.

The other thing you may need to do is wipe the HDD with a Wiping utility like Boot & Nuke available free here

http://download.cnet.com/Darik-s-Boot-and-Nuke-for-CD-and-DVD/3000-2094_4-10151762.html

or Kill Disc

http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

As XP can not be installed on a system that has previously had 7 loaded. This is a result of changes to the Security relating to HDD Partitions in 7.

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