Help Installing XP Error (\SystemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll)

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Jbasto

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Ok i been trying to reinstall Windows XP Pro and im getting this msg " Stop: c0000221 Unknown Hard Error \SystemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll it will load the drivers then reboot to go to the other screen then i get this error

I cant Seem to get it installed at ALL !! can some 1 tell me how to fix this i erased all the content of the Hdd
 
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Try googling the error message; you will come up with a few hits

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314474
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/101096

Since this is a core MS file system driver -- perhaps you have a corrupt or damaged installation disk.

One thing you might try is loading the recovery console and from there rename the existing file.

ren c:\windows\system32\ntdll.dll ntdll.bad

and run chkdsk /r on the drive while you are there.
 

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Ok now got that sorted out now im in the windows xp setup screen and when checking preparing installation i get this error "Says Error:Installation Failed: D;\I386\asms. Error Message : Incorrect Function"
 
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This is a reinstall right? And you still have access to Windows?

First, is this a retail or OEM XP CD you are using? If not, that might be the problem.

But this looks like it might be an issue with 3rd party CD or burning software drivers or settings.

Follow the instructions in the link below to delete upper and lower filter values in the registry and reboot.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;311755&Product=winxp

However I'm a little concerned that the registry location they give for this editing may be incorrect; the key may not exist.

If it doesn't, or doesn't work, try my instructions here (up to item 5):

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/496789-solved-trying-load-disc.html#post3950306
 
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I had exactly the same problem, but I found work around which installed windows absolutey fine.

Follow these steps for a fix:

1. Make an ISO image of the windows disk you have

2. Open the ISO image in a ISO browser e.g Magic ISO Maker

3. Navigate to x:\I386\system32\ (x:\ is your HDD where the image was made)

4. Get the latest copy of the ntdll.dll file and download from
www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?ntdll OR copy the ntdll.dll from a working windows OS

5. Copy and paste the new ntdll.dll in the x:\I386\system32\ (x:\ is your HDD where the image was made)

6. When it asks are you sure you want to overwrite file, click yes/ok

7. Save the ISO again, and close the ISO program

8. Re-open the saved ISO file again

9. If ISO program supports writing directly to cd drive do so and remember to finalize disk or burn with a cd writing program that supports image writing e.g Nero

10. When disk is burnt put in cd-drive of corrupted computer and run.

11. When partitions are shown, delete current partition and create new partition, format drive (full) then proceed with install.

12. Enjoy :)

Send me an email if you have any problems. (y)
 
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