Question about Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Servise Pack 2 (e8503040) for PC
I was installing Windows XP on a machine which later has Windows 98, after partitioning and later when installation started with graphics before asking for product key it prompted 'Fatal Error: asms missing' and the installation failed, and later when i tried to install win 98 it was successfully installed, kindly help me is it the problem of disc or problem of hardware.
My understanding of this problem is as follows: When you put the Windows XP CD into the drive and switch on the computer Windows starts from the CD. In order to access the CD it uses the BIOS. However, at a certain point it decides to use its own drivers instead of using the BIOS. Oops! it doesn't have the right driver because your CD drive is too new, so it can't read the CD, and thus can't continue the install. The solution then is to copy all the necessary files onto a place where Windows can read the files. Solution 1 Do you have another computer? Take the hard drive out of the machine you are installing and put it into the second machine as a secondary hard drive. Switch on the second machine and copy the i386 directory and all its files and subdirectories from the Windows install CD on to the secondary hard drive. Remove the hard drive and put it back into the machine you are installing and switch it on. When Windows then asks for the missing file you can direct it to the I386 directory on the hard drive. This should be C:\I386. It will ask for the location of about 10 files. Give the same answer each time. Solution 2 You will need a bootable CD such as Hiren's boot CD, and a second CD drive. Put Hiren's into the primary CD drive. Put the Windows CD into the second CD drive. Switch on, and choose the mini XP Copy the I386 directory and all its sub-directories onto the hard drive. Again, when Windows asks for the location of the files direct it to the appropriate directory on the hard drive.
Posted on Jun 06, 2009
You're a lifesaver
I Hooked up the said XP Hard Drive to another system. After, I went into Windows I copied the i386 directory to the C:\Drive of the XP system, shutdown my 2nd system, popped that XP Hard Drive into it's original system, and was able to continue my install.
P.S. You might as well copy the "C:\i386" path, because I had to paste it in about 20 times. Just thought I'd save people the finger cramps.
Posted on Jan 26, 2012
Please check with another XP CD.. if the same problem continues jus replace the CD DRIVE itself.. this will fix this issue.....
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
It would be a disc problem
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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