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FATAL ERROR MESSAGE/DELL OPTIPLEX GX150 DESKTOP/WINDOWS XP PRO

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO RE-INSTALL WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL SP2 TO MY DELL OPTIPLEX 150. WINDOWS BOOT OKAY, I SEE THE WINDOWS XP SCREEN, THEN IT AUTOMATICALLY GOES, SET UP IS STARTED. THEN I GET THE XP INSTALL SCREEN SAYING I HAVE 39 MINUTES TO UNTIL ALL FILES ARE INSTALLED. THEN I GET A SCREEN THAT ASK FOR XP CD-ROM. WHEN I INSERT THE DISK THATS WHEN I GET THE FATAL ERROR WITH SET UP MISSING A SET UP FILE ON C DRIVE. CAN YOU HELP.

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  • R_MARNOLD Nov 06, 2008

    THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE,I DID CHANGE THE CD-ROM HAD THE SAME PROBLEM; HOWEVER I WILL CLEAN THE CD. I DID NOT SEE SCRATCHES ON, AND I'VE TRIED 2 OTHER DISKS.

  • R_MARNOLD Nov 07, 2008

    Thank you so much for helping me! I did install the new cd-rom but I got the same error message. I'm going to try re-install with a clean cd disk. I am never able to get to "Format HD before intallation" After starting up it goes to Windows XP Professional like it's starting up normally; then automatically goes to light-blue screen "setup is being restarted" and then asks for Windows XP CD-ROM disk to get "I386" files. When I insert the Windows XP CD-ROM and hit enter, is when I get the SYSTEM SETUP LOG ; FATAL ERROR, C:\WINDOWS\setuperr.log . FATAL ERROR : One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed. Then it says; The operation was canceled by the user.



    What do you think!

  • duradex Jan 10, 2009

    I installed winxp pro sp2 in spanish but is slow i have 256 memory ram and I think that could be the cd-rom but any error showed me when I did the installation just run and do the installation correctly is just slow and i've a DELL OPTIPLEX GX150 please email me this link when you send me the answer thanks, my email is iamforallthing@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I just installed Windows 7 32bit on my pc (upgrade from XP). Now it freezes after 10-15 minutes of use and requires a hard reboot to start up again

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It sounds like the system is not booting from the CD-ROM and therefore is repeatedly trying to use the same set of files it has already copied to the harddrive. Check the boot sequence in the BIOS and verify that it will boot from the CD-ROM before the harddrive. You'll know you have it right when you see the message "Press any key to boot from CD..." (this message appears only if there is an active partition on the harddrive)

Note: If the CD-ROM is after the harddrive in the boot sequence, and the harddrive is blank or does not have an active partition, it will then boot from the CD, which is probably what happened the first time)

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Optiplex 150 I get a message error loading operating system
can somebody help out there?

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R Marnold - If you still have trouble with XP, I would suggest trying a Windows ME or something similar that boots with your System drivers and utilities via floppy drive. You can always load XP on top of this install and delete the recovery files for ME. I've used this method a few times with burro colored machines.


yamasa - These machines belong to the school and without permission, (I'd request it in writing with witnesses and notarized), this could turn into a very large headache!

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I have two computer in my classroom that can not see the primary disk.
They are dell gx150 and gx 260 (optiplex) I would like help in stting the back the correct way.
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I have experienced this problem as well, it is either the CD is scratch or the CD-rom lens needs cleaning, however it can read the content of the CD, I would susgest you try a another CD-rom , borrow it from a friend. It works for me.

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  • Trevor Sauna
    Trevor Sauna Nov 06, 2008

    Did you re-install using the new CD-rom or continue with windows set
    up, some Operating System files must have not being copied to drive C
    during your first installation process, try reinstalling the Operating
    system using the new CD-rom. Format HD before installaton.

  • Trevor Sauna
    Trevor Sauna Nov 07, 2008

    You,ve mentioned you never able to get to "Format HD before
    intallation". I would recommend you try to format the HD using the XP
    pro installation process, and format using NTFS so new files are copied
    to the disk (Fresh Installation).And see what happens. cheers.

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