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Win2000 install fails despite repartition/format


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#1 Tommy in Scotland

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:26 AM

I have deleted both partitions from the Primary Master hdd and gone for a reinstall, with a 22000MB partition (just over half the 40GB drive). Partitioning and formatting went OK. I then got to the bit where it reboots and I removed the CD. It then asked me to insert the SP2 CD. So I had to hurriedly download one and burn it onto a CD. No problem... but then it told me it need the file NT5INF.CAT. Apparently it was not present in the SP2 CD! So I had to hunt for it on another PC and transfer it on a floppy. Unfortunately it generated an error and setup failed. This is the error log...


The signature for Windows 2000 Professional setup is invalid. The error code is 800b0003.

The form specified for the subject is not one supported or known by the specified trust provider.

Fatal error:
Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The Setup files should contain more information.


I have tried this three times now, deleting partitions, repartitioning, and formatting. What is the cause of this? I installed Windows 2000 on another PC yesterday and it worked perfectly. More amazingly, I bought that other PC all in bits from different sources, motherboard, RAM, video card, hdds... and installed all the bits myself... and it went very well. Textbook installation. So why, if I try to delete a Windows installation, does it give me this?

Edited by Tommy in Scotland, 27 February 2009 - 08:28 AM.

PC1 Athlon XP 1662MHz, 512MB RAM, Windows 2000, 4 hdd (40+80+500+500GB).
PC2 Intel 8088 4.77MHz, 640kB RAM, MS DOS 5.0, 30MB hdd.
PC3 AMD Athlon XP 1666MHz, 512MB RAM, Windows 2000, 2 hdd (20+500GB).
PC4 Intel Celeron 400MHz, 256MB RAM, OS/2 Warp 3.0 Connect + Windows fw3.11, 545MB hdd.
PC6 Intel Celeron 700MHz, 384MB RAM, PC LinuxOS2007, 13GB hdd.
PC7 Intel Celeron 1700MHz, 256MB RAM, Windows 2000, 40GB hdd.
PC8 2xIntel Pentium Pro 200MHz, 64MB RAM, Windows NT4, 2 hdd (4.3+1.9GB)
PC9 Intel 486SX2 66MHz, 20MB RAM, MS DOS 6.22 + Windows fw3.11, 800MB hdd.

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#2 Tommy in Scotland

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 12:23 PM

OK I seem to have been piling errors into this forum at a huge rate... but actually this time I seem to have overcome a mysterious installation error without any effort... I feel embarassed about this but after two (or was it three?) failed installs with the same error, I rebooted once more for luck, fully expecting to get the same error once more. However, it did not come and the installation just went ahead and succeeded! :thumbsup: I had done nothing different... but for some reason Windows setup did not ask me for the SP2 CD this time, so I trusted my luck and completed my installation.

I'd love to be able to tell you I've found the fix for the above error... but in actual fact I am totally at a loss as to why a repeatedly failing install would suddenly work! There must be a moral... don't give up, keep trying!

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PC1 Athlon XP 1662MHz, 512MB RAM, Windows 2000, 4 hdd (40+80+500+500GB).
PC2 Intel 8088 4.77MHz, 640kB RAM, MS DOS 5.0, 30MB hdd.
PC3 AMD Athlon XP 1666MHz, 512MB RAM, Windows 2000, 2 hdd (20+500GB).
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PC7 Intel Celeron 1700MHz, 256MB RAM, Windows 2000, 40GB hdd.
PC8 2xIntel Pentium Pro 200MHz, 64MB RAM, Windows NT4, 2 hdd (4.3+1.9GB)
PC9 Intel 486SX2 66MHz, 20MB RAM, MS DOS 6.22 + Windows fw3.11, 800MB hdd.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:14 PM

I suspect that the request for an SP2 CD was the issue - in a normal install it shouldn't ask for any other disks. It takes something extra to make the system look for another disk from the Service Pack. When I installed Win2K in my VM it didn't ask for anything.

The other option was to reinsert the original disk to locate the NT5INF.CAT file. Since everything's on the CD to start with, then it's likely that's where that file is.
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