XP asks for wrong Installation CD
Posted on 2004-03-27
I have an XP Home machine I got from Dell. Dell provides a decent XP Installation disk (unlike most others who bury the installation on a generic disk Windows cant see). The disk came with XP SP1 already combined and I have applied all Windows updates available. My problem has to do with a corrupted MSOE.dll file in Outlook Express. No problem, I thought, just change the registry key for OE installed (from Q318378) and then reinstall IE6 with the sfc /scannow command.
here is my real problem (at least for this thread). Windows wants to copy files from the Installation CD to the windows\Dllcache directory and prompts for "please insert your Windows XP Professional" disk into the CD Drive. I don't have XP Pro - never have had it. I would guess that there is a registry key that says what version of XP the sfc command looks for - but I can't find it. If I go to the Windows info tools it says Windows Home (like using MSCONFIG and looking in Boot.ini file). All Dell's support tools also say Windows Home. Most of windows knows that this a Home installation - only SFC seems confused.
I ran across this problem about a year ago when I first got the machine and Dell's help desk at that time had me do the install from the Boot Disk outside of Windows. They did not help me with this SFC problem then. I would like to get the SFC version to work - simpler and I believe does less damage to settings, etc.
Anybody know where to tell SFC/WPF subroutines that I have XP Home?