OMG, I can't get any of these 3 XP CDs to install and RUN !

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ninjacode

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I forgot to intorduce myself, this my first post...HI from Minnesota!

I spend a lot of time around the computer so my friends turn to me when they're systems get screwed with viruses, they bring it to me. I've done dozens of installs of windows, and never really had a problem formatting.

This time I'm trying to format a laptop that had tons of malware, so much so that we both agreed on putting a fresh copy of windows on it. We backed up his data onto a webserver. Then I rebooted the computer, pop in the windows xp cd, deleted the old partition, and started installing. During install process, each of my two xp cds (I have 2 XP Pro CDs; 1 is reinstallation; 2 is backup of full) would have files missing on them, so when it can't find the file on disc 1 I put in disc 2. So I did this until it fully installed.

It rebooted and started up as usual with the windows logo...then blue screen with a long error message, here's an excerpt of it:
I have to reinstall again to get it...:rolleyes: update in a few minutes.
I've also tried installing 95 on it and I get:
Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and press any key
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I've had this guys laptop for a while and I would really like to fix it for him. Any ideas?
 
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Hello back to you also from wonderful Minnesota. =]

I have had some errors before intalling off different XP CDs. One thing I have always noticed is that if you do half the install from one cd, and the other half from another cd, you might end up with some conflicting file versions, thus probably the problem you are experiencing.

To be honest, whenever I have had this problem, I honestly click retry until it works. Sometimes it just plain old wont work, but slamming on the ol' retry button for a few minutes just might do the trick.
 
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