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I'm trying to install Windows XP Home Edition on my PC but keep getting the following error message:

"Fatal Error.
An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing. One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed. The data is invalid."

"The signature for Windows XP home Edition Setup is invalid. The error code is 800b0100. No signature was present in the subject."

Hope someone can help
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David-Howard earned 750 total points
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Tom,
This is usually hardware related. Make sure that you RAM, video cards, etc. are seated properly.
If you are still encountering errors try booting up with just the essentials. (RAM, Video card).
If you boot successfully with just the minimum components, then you can start reinstalling items such as the sound card, etc. until you locate the problem item. The last component to all of this that could be driving the problem is the motherboard.
Also, make sure your BIOS is set to boot from CD. (I'm assuming that you are attempting to boot from CD)
Can you give me some background on your system? Make, age, etc.
Thanks!
:-)
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by:Jonvee
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Are you trying to upgrade from Win 98 or Me to WinXP?   If yes, this article may help.  
Scroll down to >>   
Error Message: "Fatal Error: An error has been encountered that prevents setup from continuing ...

http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles/archive/r0803/06r03/06r03.asp

David-Howard's request for more system details would certainly help us.  Thanks.
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by:tom1948
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Thanks David & Jonvee for your advice.
I installed a new Hard Drive this morning following a lot of problems over the last few weeks. After failing to install
Windows XP I repartitioned and reformatted the Hard Drive again and I'm pleased to say that I was able to carry out the
installation without any more problems.

Thanks again.

Tom
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You're welcome. :-)
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by:Jonvee
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Good, glad it's fixed.
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