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Dell Computer WinXP Install Receives SXS.DLL Syntax Error

An error has been encountered that prevents setup from continuing. Error:
SXS.DLL Syntax error in manifest or policy file
D:\I386\asms\6000\MSFT\\/CRTL\\/CRTL.MAN on line 11
A components file does not match the verification information present in the
computer manifest.

I purchased this Dell computer about 3 or 4 years ago and I am now installing a new
hard drive. When I went to install the XP home edition CD that came with the
computer, I received the above error. I initialized the hard drive with the
Segate disk wizard that came with it and everything seemed ok. This error
happened a few minutes after booting with the XP CD.

Any assistance in understanding and/or correcting this error is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
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hdstreitfeld
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hdstreitfeld
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
This is a Dell specific error.  The OEM CD is looking for specific hardware.  If anything has changed than the installation fails.  Your only option is to contact Dell or purchase a new stand-alone copy of XP.

Andre...
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hdstreitfeldAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
But, unfortunately, Dell has not been too helpful with this.
-Howard-

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heerakCommented:
The gdiplus.dll file is probably corrupted. Go to this site and download the file and replace it.

http://dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?gdiplus

Heerak
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hdstreitfeldAuthor Commented:
Thank you much.
I will try that later today and will let you know how it goes.
Much obliged.
-Howard-
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simpswrCommented:
Installing a new drive shoud not stop the installation . . is it SATA? . . did you load the SATA drivers at the F6 prompt?

Did you disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse? . . , and be sure those are not USB, or wireless.  

This is a great guide for reinstalling on a Dell:  http://www.djdenham.com/Install%20Procedures.htm

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simpswrCommented:
Also . . rather than use the Seagate disc to set up the drive, boot from the XP install CD and delete all partitions, then create new ones . . It sounds like the Seagate software ut a drive overlay on the drive, which could make the installation throw up.
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sushibillyCommented:
I have had this problem with an  install today, it is caused by a fault/dirty CD or a faulty cd drive. After receiving this error several times, I tried using an external USB CD drive and it installed with no error.
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hdstreitfeldAuthor Commented:
Hello.

Wanted to express my thanks to all. It appears that the issue may have been as simple as a faulty CD. I received a replacement installation CD from Dell last night, and it installed without incident.

Much obliged to all who responded.

-H-
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sushibillyCommented:
I think my response "it is caused by a fault/dirty CD or a faulty cd drive" warrants this one seeing the askers final comment "It appears that the issue may have been as simple as a faulty CD"
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simpswrCommented:
Seems fair
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