can't install xp home - .SIF file corrupt

  santa2 11:56 16 Nov 2007

I want to setup fairly old computer, 500Mhz 56RAM 9.5Gb harddisk, with XP Home then upgrade the RAM but, after starting from XP startup discs and formatting as NTFS it doesn't proceed saying,
The following value in the .SIF file used by Setup is corrupted or missing:
Value 0 on the line in section [sourcedisksfiles] with key ""
Setup cannot continue.
Then once I quit and reboot computer it says:
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
And doesn't let me proceed from here.
Can anyone help.

  FungusBoggieman 12:05 16 Nov 2007

NTLDR missing

Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ c:\

Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.

  martjc 12:09 16 Nov 2007

...on this machine successfully. Even if you could, it would be incredibly slow with that amount of memory. Not to mention the slow processor speed! You could try booting from the XP disk and selecting repair from options.

  santa2 12:37 16 Nov 2007

FungusBoggieman; it seems to only recognise the floppy disc when anykey pressed and then it runs through the setup again, no options.

  FungusBoggieman 12:44 16 Nov 2007

after starting from XP startup discs
is this the six startup disc or an original xp boot cd this may be your problem no bootable cd

  santa2 12:55 16 Nov 2007

yes its the six startup discs

  FungusBoggieman 13:06 16 Nov 2007

to install a fresh installof win xp on your old pc you will need windows xp disc with product key.

  santa2 13:51 16 Nov 2007

yea sorry i have the windows xp home with product key beside me.

  santa2 15:02 16 Nov 2007

i have the windows xp home cd and have formatted the partition as NTFS but the error messages above is what i am stuck with, any suggestions.

  santa2 16:41 16 Nov 2007

can anyone help, really needed; the computer won't let me near the XP cd at minute and keeps asking me for system disc which loads through each disc but doesn't give any options.

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