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I am trying to install WINDOWS XP PRO. At the nd of installation, I am getting the following error: "NTFS file is corrupted" What is the problem?

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I usually see this when the hard drive is bad, or the cd is scratched. Try loading xp onto a freshly formatted hard drive. You need to do a FULL format, not just a quick one- and if there are bad blocks I'm not 100% sure it marks them bad on a full format- but starting with a freshly formatted drive with no left over junk on it helps as a start.

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1. Boot from the CD and start the installer
2. Choose to install onto the already formatted partition with the unbootable Windows, but opt to leave the existing filesystem and any other OSes alone. Choosing this will require you to create another folder for Windows to avoid writing over the existing installation. I usually call the new folder "WINXP."
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7. Try rebooting your computer to see if you can get into your OLD Windows installation. If you can, congratulations!
8. DELETE the "WINXP" folder (or wherever you put your new Windows install).

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