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windows xp setup cannot create folder?

By sssttteeevvveeesss ·
I can't think of a reason why but the xp installation setup always end when it is unable to create a folder ( windows\system32\config) this is to be the first folder created

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by ctrservices In reply to windows xp setup cannot c ...

Check here to make sure your computer's parts are compatible

Next (as long as your hardware is compatible), do a Repair from the XP CD. When you get to the DOS prompt, type chkdsk /r, and then press ENTER.

After chkdsk finishes running, reboot and try the install once more. Let us know exactly what error messages you see if the install doesn't go properly.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to windows xp setup cannot c ...

If you have not data on the partition where you want to install windows XP, boot from Floppy or boot CD and delete the partition. After this run the windows install, create the partition, and format it when the install ask you where do you want to install, (unpartitionated disk).

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by sssttteeevvveeesss In reply to windows xp setup cannot c ...

tryied formating and installing on raw partion have tryied checking disk through xp repair console and with testdisk everything seems to be fine even created the folder in dos mode but when i try to find the folder i created in xp repair mode it doesn't show up & when i try to create the folder in xp repair mode it says "access denied" and still getting the "setup cannot create folder windows\system" when i try to install

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to windows xp setup cannot c ...

Well in that case it sounds as if the install CD is damaged or the Optical drive can not read the Cd either way you'll need to have a close look at the CD and Optical Drive that you are using.
If the CD is damaged you can sometimes get by by making a copy of the Install Cd and then using the Work Copy but that one really depends on how badly damaged the original CD actually is.

The only other thing that springs to mind is that you are using SATA or SCSI drives and you need to install the correct driver to allow Windows to load on these drives you do this by pressing the F6 key when prompted at the beginning of the XP Setup procedure.

If you are using a plug in IDE or SATA controller card the same advice applies you need to install the drivers for the card which Windows sees as a "Mass Storage Device" much like a lot of SCSI devices.

Lets know how you get on.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Some more information like the system setup wouldn't go astray either as we are all just guessing in the dark on this one.

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by pierrejamme In reply to windows xp setup cannot c ...

Windows wants to be installed on C:\, but it will install on H if you have USB stuff hanging from it when you install.
Are you sure your boot drive is C:\? It is very difficult to create a directory if boot is \, E:\, F or H.
ashamed to admit it, but i just tried doing a fresh install on a replacement drive without removing all the peripherals attached through USB and I ended up with H:\windows and when i started restoring the drivers from the Resouce CD it couldn't create a directroy c:\Dell duh. Boy did I feel sttupid.
I hope this isn't your problem, but it's a thought.
PS I treied doing a repair after removing all the USB junk and it came up and said something similar to:
"Do you want to repair c:\Microsoft Windows System?" So I said yes and still had H when it came back up. Worked fine, but not what I wanted. That must have been a Generic message and didn't really report the correct drive.

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