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D:/I386 file can not be copied during installation.

I am trying to reinstall XP Home due to some corropted files and Keep geting messege that files coul not be copied. Pointing to different location does not help since screen locks up. Please help.

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  • haresh_pandy Dec 29, 2008

    I am trying to do repair.

  • lawfirmgwc Feb 05, 2009

    I notice the error occurs frequently during attempted repair of Windows. Often times the files are already on the disk. I don't know if there is a virus that is preventing the files from being copied or Windows notices that I have newer versions of the files and thus won't copy them, but either way, it doesn't copy.

    Would it be safe to delete many of the files from the hard drive and then do the repair option?

    By the way, Windows XP "repair" doesn't work because it asks for a password and even the correct password doesn't work (you can verify this on the MS website). You can choose "install" and then it will say you already have Windows, do you want to repair, at which time you can repair without a password.

  • oneputtjo May 11, 2010

    are you doing a reformat or repair.

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Try this to check the harddrive for errors and fix them.
Boot from you XP CD.
Type "R" to repair.
Type "1" to C:\windows
Enter Administrator password if ask, you have to know this or else, it might be nothing so just try enter if you don't know it.
At the DOS prompt type: chkdsk c: /f
this will take a long time to run, several minutes so take a break.
After it finishes, reboot the XP CD again.
Type the Enter key to setup Windows XP now.
Type F8 to agree.
Type R to repair C:\windows
(you will need your software key now, sticker on your computer)
If the drive isn't going bad and with any luck this might fix it.

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PegBox made some valid suggestions. I have seen this before where a repair would not work, but a full format and re-install would work fine.

I suspect you are trying to salvage data and thus the repair. An alternative it a parallel install where you install Windows in a different directory. If it works, you can back up the files. When they are safely backed up, format the drive and wipe out everything for a re-install.

If it does not work, you may be able to install on a new or temporary drive, and be able to retrieve files from the old drive. Once you have your files, reformat the old drive and see if it works.


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Files get corrupted by a virus or a flaky hard drive. Since you are having trouble with reinstall, I suspect your hard drive is going bad. Suggest you get another hard drive, even temporarily, and try to install on it. Be sure to pick the FULL format, not the quick one. You don't say how old the motherboard is, but the typical "leaky capacitor" problem, scratched XP CD, or even a bad CD-ROM could also be considered.

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