Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium


Need to install specific files

Posted on 2003-03-18
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2009-07-29
hi guys,

I have somewhat of a freaky problem here.
I never had a problem when I first upgraded my WIN98SE to Win XP Pro. (2 months back)
Then, I had a HD problem that requires me to reinstall my Win XP Pro.

The problem is, everytime I install Win XP, the setup is giving the "unable to read ****.*** files" or "****.*** files are missing" message. The weird thing is, the setup is unable to read/find different sets of files on different session of installation.(i.e. first time it is unable to read/find file B, file K and file P, second time it is unable to read/find file G, file H file R and file V, so on and so forth) The files that are missing are always different, and the files that were stated as unreadable/missing are always located and installed the next time. Currently, I am able to install a 'somewhat' stable Win XP but these files are missing:-


so, can someone tell me how can I install these files. I really need to have a stable PC to do my work. Sadly, I don't have the time to send the CD back to retailer. The CD seems physically okay to me.
Question by:maximus79

Expert Comment

ID: 8164870
I ran once on a similar problem when trying to reinstall Windows XP.

My HD was physically damaged and had several bad sectors on it, and one day i found out that some win xp system files were corrupted. So i tried reinstalling/fixing/replacing the system files with the bootable winXp cd, but it looked like it couldnt read stuff from cd. I ran the cd setup a couple times and found out that the setup is trying to verify the windows xp system files on the hard drive, which cannot be accessed due to the hard drive failure.

My solution was to create another ntfs partition with partition magic rescue disks and backuped my data there, and formatted the main partition with hard drive physical error checking, removed the main boot record (MBR) and merged the 2 partitions.
Now i was able to have a clean install of Windows XP.

i hope this helps,

Expert Comment

ID: 8165260
I agree with Reapage, it does sound as if your hard disk may have some bad sectors. You could back up your data and then try running a low level format from your manufacturer. It should completely wipe the drive and mark any defective sectors so that XP cannot load files on those sectors.

But generally I would recommend replacing the hard drive. You may get the drive to work but it may develope more problems and cause endless headaches.

Hope this helps!!!

Author Comment

ID: 8165773
Forgot to add :-
1) I have one 20GB harddisk partitioned into to 2 'drives' with approx. 10GB each.
C: [WindowXP]
D: [Archieve]

2) Drive C: was formatted with FAT32 and was reported with no bad sectors.
Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!


Expert Comment

ID: 8167651
When you say formatted without did you just do a standard format? This would not necessarily show up any errors. If you go to a cmd prompt in WInXP and type chkdsk /F /R .This should run a full scan of the disk and look for errors, it will try to repair any errors if found.

Let me know if this shows up anything

Author Comment

ID: 8171303
What you're suggesting is basically to do a surface scan, right?

I did a surface scan and no errors were found.

Accepted Solution

drcodrco earned 200 total points
ID: 8173575
Have you tried copying the contents of the CD to the hard drive and then running the installation from the hard drive? If you have enough space it may be worth a try. Also if all the files copy correctly to the hard drive then they should install correctly.
If the files fail to copy to the hard disk then you may have a dodgy CD.

Maybe the CD is not being read correctly when installing from the CD-ROM drive.
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 9259476
No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave a recommendation in the Cleanup topic area that this question is to:

Accept drcodrco's Comments as answer

Please leave any comments here within the next seven days.


EE Cleanup Volunteer

Featured Post

Hire Technology Freelancers with Gigs

Work with freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely, and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article we will discuss all things related to StageFright bug, the most vulnerable bug of android devices.
I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This co…
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…
Hi friends,  in this video  I'll show you how new windows 10 user can learn the using of windows 10. Thank you.
Suggested Courses

580 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question