Setup encountered an error while trying to set system security.
Posted on 2006-11-15
I was trying to repair XP home on a computer that is having some OS troubles. I accidentally used the wrong Dell winxp disk. The original OS used a dell disk which already had SP2 on it. I used one that had SP1 only. I tried to use the correct disk and have the same problem as follows;
When the repair gets to the point of installing devices at 34 minutes left, it reboots, and restarts the setup again and again. If I take out the CD it will fail and I can then look at the setup log.
The error log gives the error: Setup encountered an error while trying to set system security.
The only way I got these errors was when I was trying to stop the reinstall by taking out the XP disk.
If there is no obvious answer to the errors, then the next question I have is can I just abort the reinstall altogether? There are multiple users set up on this PC with tons of apps and data and I would rather fix this then do a clean install.