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Cannot run XP Pro distribution EXE - Temp file needed could not be created

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I am trying to install
SW_CD_Windows_XP_Professional_32BIT_English_32_XPsp3_MLF_X14-73974.EXE
which I downloaded from Microsoft's https://eopen.microsoft.com site under a volume license.

Looks like a self-installing executable to me. So, I copied it to the desktop of the target PC and double-clicked it. Then I see a command window (for about a second) and then nothing happens. So, I right-click on the EXE and choose "Run As" and use the current user (which is an administrator). Then I see an error message "Temp file needed could not be created. Make sure the directory path exists and disk space is available." If I am logged in as the administrator, the path that it is looking to create the temp file in appears to be "C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\TEMP".

When I go to that folder (C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\TEMP), its attributes show "Read Only". If I try to change it from RO, the change does not stick. I've read about that "issue" on Experts Exchange and, based on those EE articles, being able to change a folder's RO attributes does not seem to be the source of my problem here.

I did try running the EXE from a CD, from the root folder (C:\), as well as from the desktop. I get the same error in all three cases (path changes based on which admin user that I am logged in as).

I am not sure what to try next.
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sounds like a dud download, might be worth getting it again..
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Problem RESOLVED
Microsoft had mis-named the file on its website. Its extension was EXE, but the file was actually an ISO file.
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Oh, I'd love that link, I always like pointing out the inadequacies for a 160 Billion $ company who cant name their files right..
Don't suspect they will refund the bandwidth though...

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...and it only took 7 1/2 hours on the phone (a paid incidence which they refunded) to figure it out!
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you should send them a bill for your time..
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If I thought they'd pay it I'd send it.
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true
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can the moderator close this question?
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depends, what would you like to do with the points... ;-)
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after thinking about it, it was a dud download, but pointing that out was far from solving the problem. But, I appreciate your thought-time.
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THANK YOU!  I am copying the file now to ISO from SW_CD_Windows_XP_Professional_32BIT_English_32_XPsp3_MLF_X14-73974.EXE to
SW_CD_Windows_XP_Professional_32BIT_English_32_XPsp3_MLF_X14-73974.ISO
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