WinXP Pro x64, unable to find NT5INF.CAT

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pheonix8905

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Hello,

A few days ago, I acquired a WinXP PC. The installation of WinXP was broken, forcing me into a clean reinstall. Problem is, everything runs smoothly until the PC actually tries to install WinXP. I get the message,

The file 'NT5INF.CAT' on Windows Professional x64 Edition CD-ROM is needed.

Type the path where the file is located, and then click OK.


Now, I get an auto directory that reads,

GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolume6\AMD64

I'm using a WD MyPassport USB hard drive to install the software. I know the problem is not with the USB hard drive, as I've seen old posts on the same problem, but none helped me, and the only way to skim the files is to connect the drive to another computer, which I don't want to do as I don't have another Windows computer readily available. Any and all suggestions are much appreciated.
 

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Hi, I'm unclear on how you are trying to re-install Xp.
Are you installing Win Xp from the install Cd?
What install Cd do you have?
How old is the pc - what is the make and model number?

The file 'NT5INF.CAT' on Windows Professional x64 Edition CD-ROM is needed.
The 'NT5INF.CAT' should be extracted from the Xp install Cd during the install.
If it is missing after an install - it can be replaced by doing the following.
Insert the XP cd in the CD ROM Drive then switch on the computer.
You will receive the following message:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
Do Not press Enter
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R
At the Command Prompt Window > Type
d:\> expand NT5INF.CA c:\NT5INF.CAT

[d: being the Cd drive letter - if different change it]
You will be asked do you want to make the change.
Say - Yes > Once that is done
Type > Exit. Remove the Cd - restart the pc.
I'm not sure the above will work but worth a try.
 
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pheonix8905

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I just gave up on XP and installed Linux Mint onto the desktop. Consider this solved
 

blues_harp28

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Not a bad move. Xp is no longer supported and Linux Mint is a good operating system.
Thanks for the update.
 

pheonix8905

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Update: deleted Linux, installed Win10. Guess I'll see how it goes on the hardware
 

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As you know an older pc has older hardware.
On older pc's I use CloudReady free edition - by Neverware.
CloudReady is a operating system that is based on Google’s open source Chromium OS.

CloudReady: Home Edition
https://www.neverware.com/freedownload
 
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