Problem installing XP - files from SP2 needed

  mhov 23:36 29 Jun 2007

I am trying to instal xp but the process stalls when I get a message telling me that files from the SP2 disk are required. Inserting the SP2 CD in the drive and clicking OK has no effect. The Windows knowledge base suggests a workaround where the instalation is an upgrade but not where (as here) it is a clean instalation. In any event I cannot (as the KB suggests) run regedit.exe as I get the message "the system cannot execute the specified programme". Help!

  tobyb121 23:56 29 Jun 2007

Are you inserting the sp2 disk into the primary drive, and is this the same drive as you put the first disk into.

  tobyb121 23:57 29 Jun 2007

Also are you installing through a different os, or are you installing by booting from the disk.

  lotvic 00:10 30 Jun 2007

does this relate to your other thread click here I am thinking that you have not yet fully formatted the hard drive from boot up with the XP cd.

  Input Overload 05:36 30 Jun 2007

If you are doing a clean install via a non SP2 XP disc there is no way that your Pc would know about SP2. Are you sure you are doing a clean install.

  mhov 17:54 30 Jun 2007

Problem now solved. I had to resort to re-installing from the disc which came with the laptop when I bought it (which turned out to be an unlcensed copy) rather than from my legitimate copy of XP, and then download the new authorisation code from the Microsoft website.

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