Loading XP Pro problem

  tooter 13:03 24 Jun 2006

Help! I am trying to load XP Pro upgrade on to my computer to replace Win 98. The consensus of opinion was it is better to do a clean install than an upgrade. So I downloaded the 6 XP Pro install floppies from the MS web site. I formatted my hard drive. Loaded the 6 XP Pro start up floppy discs, the new XP Pro CD fired up and everything looked fine.
But after partitioning and formatting section up popped the following message;
“ The following value in the .SIF file used by Setup is corrupted or missing: Value 0 on the line in section [SourceDiscFiles] with Key “SP2.cab.” Setup cannot continue. To Quit Setup, Press F3.
I tried to reload the disk a number of times but it stopped loading at this point every time. So I thought I would try to reload the original version of Win98 and use XP Pro as an upgrade, but after loading the Win 98 start up floppy up popped the following message; “ If you have HPFS or NTFS installed on your hard drive, you will need to create an MS-DOS Boot partition to set up Windows” How do I do that?
I must of some how changed from FAT 32 to NTFS while tying to install XP earlier. I tried reformatting the drive which hade no effect. So now I cannot load XP or reload my original version of Win98. What is the best way to go from here? It would be handy if I could some how complete the clean install of XP and repair the missing or corrupted .SIF file. I would be very grateful for any help.

  SANTOS7 13:17 24 Jun 2006

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As i see it you need to format your HDD to fat32 to support Win98, if your HDD is larger than 32gigs you will need to partition the drive first.

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  Strawballs 00:36 25 Jun 2006

Is the XP Pro CD a full install or just an upgrade CD? if it is an upgrade CD then it will have to be installed ontop of W98.

  Giggle n' Bits 00:40 25 Jun 2006

software installed on the HDD ? this can effect also if the disk you are using is a OEM it this a OEM BIOS Locked or OEM with no lock to system?

  mattyc_92 10:58 25 Jun 2006

Use "fdisk" to remove all partitions from the drive (select the "non-dos" partition option, if my memory serves correct, to remove a NTFS partition)

Then try again, as you would usually install Win98

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