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Win xp pro setup

During set up, the file "asms" on win xp sp2 couldn't be read. My CD is scratched up pretty bad. It wants to copy file from D:\ I386. It just won't read it off my disk! PLEASE HELP...........

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If you have the original xp disk with a cd key , then its perfectly legal for you to download a iso copy of xp , and install it, if not try and make a copy of the disk , and use that , or someone u know may have a friend with a xp disk , thats fine also aslong s you use the key that comes with your disk

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