Windows XP Pro Repair looks for "XFSetup.exe" and setup freezes
Posted on 2009-02-14
I was asked to look at a computer infected by the Anti-Virus 2009 virus, and think I managed to remove it. AVG did a boot scan and may have also removed or deleted an infected Windows file.
As a result, shortly after going into Windows, the blue screen of death with the "Disable bios setup for caching and shadowing" message appeared.
I decided to do a repair of the current Windows XP OS in the hope that any missing files would be put back.
All was working fine until the devices installation part started. The screen blinked black a few times and then a message stating that "The file HXFSetup.exe on Modem Installation Disk is needed" appeared. The mouse and keyboard froze at this stage, so I could not skip or even navigate to where HXFSetup might be.
I switched the computer off and on, and setup restarted. It reached the the HXFSetup request and the same thing happened again.
I cannot start in safe mode or last known good configuration, as it insists on finishing setup.
The computer is a Dell Dimension 5150 with XP Pro Service Pack 2. The XP installation disk I'm using is one that came with a HP laptop (as it is the only XP SP2 disk I can find). Is this where the problem might lie?