Server 2008 install issue. "Windows cannot install required files. Etc"

Ronald Hicks
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Trying to install Server 2008 (x86) to a Dell Dimension 3000, with 2 GB RAM and 40 GB HDD (above the minimums, according to the Help notes).  Using TechNet Plus Evaluation disk 0429.07 March 2009.

Machine has a copy of SBS 2003 on it that I intend to overwrite.  I'm quite sure I'm selecting that option, so as not to be limiting the 2008 installation to the available space.

At step 2 of the installation, it bombs out with this messge.  "Windows cannot install required files.  Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart...."  Error code 0x80070070.

Any suggestions?


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Commented:
It sounds like you are running out of space.

Check that the partition that you've allocated for Windows 2008 is large enough, and make sure that you format it before using it for the new install.

Hope this helps.
Adrian CantrillSolutions Architect
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if you intend to overwrite the installation then you could format the drive prior to installation.. that in itself would ensure you had the space and the clean drive (thus minimizing problems ) - thats assuming there is no other data you need ofc.
JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
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This error is due to insufficient space, please make sure you have sufficient space on root drive.

Make sure you're not installing to a recovery or system partition, or some other hidden partition. Use a partitioning tool like Partition Magic to look for these.

You can also remove all partitions during installation, but this might not clean out all hidden partitions.
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JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

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Remove the existing partitions and go again. You can do this simply with GParted Live which you can get here http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ 

JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

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@Mike Carroll, you will notice that your comment reflects what I stated in my comment regarding partitions.
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Thanks to all.  Before i checked back in to EE for all this good advice, I thought I'd try wiping the drive with Partition Commander, thinking that even though the install program was going to overwrite the existing OS, it was saying also that it was saving it in something like windows.old.  Anyway, deleting the partition and formatting the drive with Partition Commander did the trick, just as all these replies suggested it, or something like it, would.  Closing this after I post this comment.
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Awarding points to all who replied with essentially the same advice.  Thanks everyone one.

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