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Re-Installing windows

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by MzLizz, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. MzLizz

    MzLizz Thread Starter

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    Im trying to reinstall windows, and i have the computer completely reformated wiht nothing on it and every time i try to install a new copy its mis reads the disc and it wont read certain files. i have tried 3 different copies of windows xp and none of wihich have worked. any suggestions?
     
  2. Dan O

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    Maybe the CD ROM drive is bad.

    Try another drive.
     
  3. MzLizz

    MzLizz Thread Starter

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    Would a bad CD Rom drive make it skip files during install? Each time I try the install it seems to have trouble with different files each time.

    Thanks!
     
  4. kuipo

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    I had troubles formatting a computer too, and i just tried with the 4th CD, finally succed, I don't why, but maybe try another CD again, that's the best advice i can give you, and also, is it skipping the same files? or is it skipping another ones?
     
  5. MzLizz

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    It skips different files each time.

    I was wondering also if this could be a symptom of a problem with the hard drive.
     
  6. great_dame

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    I think you should try cleaning the CD - I had an XP disc with files that wouldn't read around a certain area on the disc and I used one of those tools "skip doctor" where you spin the cd around in a device to remove a very thin layer of scratched plastic without destroying the data. Then it read the files for me just fine.
     
  7. kuipo

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    i don't understand something, if you try cd 1, it skips " x " files, and then you try cd 2, and skips " y " files, but what happens if you try cd 1 again? does it skip " x " files? or maybe " z " files? do you get my point? because if always the same cd skips the same files, then very probably it's a problem with the cd beign scratched
     
  8. MzLizz

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    Kuipo-

    CD 1 seems to skip different files each time I try to install
    CD 2 skips different files each time.

    The CDs maybe damaged, I just want to make sure it's not the hard drive before I try the install again.


    great_dame-

    I've used the CD repair liquid but I might try the 'skip doctor' also.
     
  9. pshnfry

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    Are you using the cd rom drive to read the XP files for install? If so, the easiest troubleshoot would be to swap out the cd rom drive for another. (yes, a bad cd rom drive can cause these and other problems)
     
  10. Rich-M

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    Simply put the answer is yes.,,, this is a common cause.
     
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