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Reformatting Hp Computer

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#1 DevonG


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Posted 20 July 2007 - 04:06 PM

c:\WINDOWS\system32\presetup.cmd - FILE NOT FOUND!
c:\WINDOWS\system32\setupORG.exe - FILE NOT FOUND!
(setupORG.exe ->Original windows Setup.exe)
1."Preset.cmd" not exist in the i386 folder in UXPCD
"setupORG.exe" not exist in the i386 folder in UXPCD
2. Check your "txtsetup.sif" in the i386 folder on UXPCD
setupORG.exe=1,,,,,,,,2,0,0 ; must exist
prestup.cmd =1,,,,,,,,2,0,0 ; must exist

Now this is very similar to the post found on these forums but it doesn't solve my problem.

To walk you all through what i've done so far.
Trying to clean up my dads XP Home ED comp. I went out and bought Windows XP PRO.

Now i'm not used to HP, the BIOS is all weird so I had to insert the disk and start the installation process instead of just restarting and booting from the disk.

Now I wasn't able to delete the Windows XP Home ED. Partition so I just merged the two since they have similar files.

Everything was installing fine until I got the error message as posted above.

I've checked the windows disk, everything is where it should be. "presetup.cmd" and "setuporg.exe" have been found. Also inside the txtsetup.sif everything is found in its proper place.

I'm looking for ideas/suggestions on how to fix this problem.

I've tried putting the disk in different CD Roms and trying that, and still nothing.

I have a question, what if I extracted the files from the windows disk on another computer and put the files in the USB Drive like posted in the other topic in this forum. If I pop my flash drive into the computer, how will I know it's actually being accepted as a drive?

I have no access to the original windows xp Home on the comp or else I'd just reverse everything and try from fresh again.

I appreciate everyones help and I offically hate this bleeping computer. :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:04 PM

Now i'm not used to HP, the BIOS is all weird so I had to insert the disk and start the installation process instead of just restarting and booting from the disk.

Why can't you boot from the CD? Familiarize yourself with the BIOS and look for a 'boot order' option and make the CD first.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 11:59 PM

Their BIOS doesn't have all that much to familiarize urself with.

I can get to the boot order and CD is first, there's 2 CD roms and I don't know which one its booting from so i've tried putting the disk in both drives and I get the same error.

There is however one thing that makes me think something went wrong all together. It says that it can't find those files on the C: drive. Why would it ask for the C Drive already? Did it really somehow forget to write those files? And if it did, is there anyway I can just restart this whole setup from BIOS? "IE: Delete Partition and Restart".

so 2 recap...

Why is it saying the error is in C:?

Shouldn't the error be on the CD itself? =\ i'm lost.

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Edited by DevonG, 21 July 2007 - 12:04 AM.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 02:14 AM

You can take the guess work out of it by unplugging one of the drives.

I would use a utility like Kill Disk to wipe the drive, you need to make a CD of this and boot from it.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:29 AM

On an HP, when it first starts you'll get the option to press ESC to choose a boot device.

If the system still doesn't boot from the CD then it's likely that there's an issue with either the CD or the CD drive.
The C: messages indicate that there's an issue with where the installation routine is looking for the installation files (on your C: drive) and it cannot find them. Yes the error should be with the CD itself and not with the C: drive - so something isn't working correctly.

I'm just guessing here, but it could be that it's looking for the files using the default PATH statement rather than the CD. This could possibly occur if you're trying to run the installation routine from within Windows.
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 07:16 PM

Just wanted to thank you for posting the killdisk.

I wiped the drive down, then made a slipstream bootable copy of windows and I'm now installing.

Pray the rest of this is a walk in the park. ^^

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