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Can't copy iexplore.exe when re-intalling IE6 SP2 on WinXP SP2 using ie.inf directly

When attempting to re-install IE6 SP2 on a WinXP SP2 system from the WinXP SP2 installation files using the "IE.INF" file as the installation launcher, I get message "Unable to copy C:\winxp-sp2\i386\iexplore.exe" Note: "C:\winxp-sp2" is the folder where I copied the WinxpSP2 installation files to - I verifed that iexplore.ex_ was in that folder because I had to browse the installer to that location when it as asking for the location of the Windows XP SP2 files.  I tried ignoring this file and got the same msg when it was trying to copy the next one (iedw.exe) after this one, I canxed the installation.  Is there something I need to set up or change in the registry, environment variables, etc., before running the installer?

What's the scoop?
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scrathcyboyCommented:
This installation does CD checking, and you need to install it from the CD.  Prior to SP2 it was not a problem.  You can check the registry key --

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SourcePath

That should show your DRIVE:\i386 -- change it to what you want.

But in general, you will need a CD installation.
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war1Commented:
Greetings grant-ellsworth !

To reinstall IE6 in Windows SP2 system, you need to reinstall Windows SP2.  Using IE.INF works only on Windows SP1.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;318378

Best wishes, war1
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
For scrathcyboy:  Is there any way to "fool" this thing into installing from a local HDD directory?  E.g. suppose I subst drive_letter: c:\local_dir and change ther version\sourcepath .....

For war1: Hmmmm, that's interesting - I read about using ie.inf to force install of IE6-sp2 on Winxp2 in an article focused on doing just what I need to do - that is, re-install IE6 SP2 on Winxp-sp2.  The MS KB article your referred me to is one I had read before - it fails to explicitly state "To  reinstall IE6 for SP2, you must reinstall XP SP2" - the text of that part of the KB seems to describe doing an initial install of winxp-sp2.  if I go to the d/l page for winxp-sp2, it detects that we already have winxp-sp2 on the comp[uter and effectivly says "Bye - have a nice day".
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war1Commented:
Why are you trying to reinstall IE6?

If you had Windows SP1, and installed SP2, you can uninstall SP2 from Add/Remove Programs. Then install SP2 anew.

If your computer came with SP2, then you need reinstall Windows completely.
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
I may be in a bad place - we do not want to do a full re-install of winxp-sp2 - it doesn't make sense and it would make it necessary to re-install too many other pieces.  Re-installing XP SP2 is not an acceptable solution unless we get specific instructions from MS that this is necessary - I haven't seen that yet.  We just want to repair IE6-sp2 - we have reason to believe some components got corrupted in a recent power outage.  Everthing else seems to  work without problems.
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war1Commented:
The MS article said to run System File Checker.  
Go to Start > Run and type sfc /scannow
and hit OK

Internet Explorer is tightly interwoven with the Windows operating system.  If you want to reinstall IE6, then you have to reinstall XP, SP2.  The MS article that I posted say the same. If you do not believe me or the MS article, contact Microsoft support directly and ask.
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
Yes - System file checker would be what to do.   We'll do that if we can locate the sp2 CD.
The MS KB article you cited was not clear on this point (re-install, etc.).  Sometimes MSKB articles have been incomplete.  Right now, if we have a choice between re-installing xp sp2 or upgrading to IE7, we'll likely try IE7 and hope we don't get bit by incompatibilities.
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war1Commented:
Let us know what happens with you run System File Checker.
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
Can't find the sp2 CD.  Gave up and upgraded to IE7 - the only thing it broke was our remoe acess tool (not RDP). Installing IE7 did not solve the problem that triggered this thread's original question.

Punt
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war1Commented:
grant-ellsworth, try to borrow a SP2 CD and run the System File Checker.
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
Trying to locate one now ... will oost results when we do.  I wish there were a way to use the d/l'd sp2 installation package.
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
Re-installing windows xp sp2 ith the sp2 installation cdseems to have solved the problem.
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war1Commented:
grant-ellsworth,

In my first post, I said, "To reinstall IE6 in Windows SP2 system, you need to reinstall Windows SP2".  Isn't that want solve the problem for you?
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
Originally I did not want to go thru the sp2 installation again - i was looking for any other solution.
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grant-ellsworthAuthor Commented:
Attention Moderator: I erred in my closing this quesstion.  Please award war-1 the 250 points I had assigned to the question.
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