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When trying to install a Program, an error window appears with the message "Data.cab file is corrupt".   Is it possible to repair this file, and if so How ?   Thanks in advance for your time to respond ;-)
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do you have the OS media? If you do pop it in the CDRom, go to Start > Run and type "sfc /scannow" this will replace any corrupt or changed system files since the original install. It will take some time...

Here is some additional info:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310747

If you don't have the CD but do have a copy of the i386 folder on your local machine then there is a workaround for this.

"Firstly, identify the location on the local hard-disk of where the windows installation files are stored. For instance the path of the compressed windows setup files may be found in: C:\windows\i386 or C:\winnt\i386 or C:\i386 or C:\CMPNENTS (for Media Center Edition CD 2) Once familiar with where the OEM vendor has placed the compressed XP files you can then enter the system registry to make the necessary change.

1) In Start menu > run > regedit
2) Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup
3) On the right hand side of the screen you should see a string called SourcePath. If you only have one location for these files which is typical of an XP Home or Pro installation, change the SourcePath REG_SZ key to the location of your XP files found on your hard-drive. If you have multiple locations as for a Media Center Edition which contains two CD's, therefore two separate locations for the i386 information for Windows Media Center Extenders, delete the SourcePath REG_SZ key. Create a Multi String Value instead. Name this value SourcePath. Then double click the SourcePath Multi String and under the value on a separate line type the individual path's pertaining to the locations of the XP source files. For instance:
C:\windows\i386
C:\CMPNENTS

Then carefully exit out of the registry."

Source: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic82421.html
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The other option is that the media or files you are installing from are corrupt. Try them on another machine and see if they work...
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Way to go, Experts !   Thank you so very much ;-)
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