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Missing Xp File When Trying To Install Xp Pro


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#1 ProTech Service

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:35 AM

Im trying to upgrade a computer from Windows 98 SE to Windows XP Pro.

I reformatted the hard drive to FAT and it gets thru most of the process but stops with a Windows ERROR of missing file:

I386/ASMS

then it closes

I dont have the Windows 98 CD so I cant reinstall....I didnt make a backup..DUH....and now I cant even do anything...

I made a boot disk at bootdisk.com for Windows 98 SE but it says I dont have a disk partitioned or something like that

any help?

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 10:02 AM

I'm a little confused...
you say you're upgrading, but then you mention formatting.
you can't really do both.

if you want a clean install of XP, you just need to drop the disk in and boot off of it.
if you do want an actual upgrade, you will have to repartition the disk with fdisk (it's on that boot disk you made)


if the error comes during the install process (big blue screen, after creating and formatting partitions etc...) then you might just have a little dirt on the disk you are using.

can you clarify what you're doing?

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 10:50 AM

Beginners Guides: Installing Windows XP
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 01:05 PM

I will clarify....

I geuss I did a clean install because it partitioned the drive for me?

but with the error Im getting I cant get back to windows 98SE to go to ms-dos or run command to do FDISK

please help

how best to clean or fix scratchs if thats the problem.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 01:24 PM

with a clean install Win98 is gone for good.
fdisk is not the tool you want to use.

to clean a disk,
use a soft lint free cloth (a shammy seems to work for me) and isoprophyl alchohol. wipe from the center of the disk to the outside in a straight line.
there are "disk cleaning" solutions that might help more than alcohol and there are even products that will clean it for you, I have had limited success with this process in the past.

good luck.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 02:06 PM

Is this an original XP CD or burned copy? Have you tried another CD drive?

Also read;

"The file 'Asms' on Windows XP Professional CD-ROM is needed" error message when you install Windows XP
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 02:30 PM

its a burned copy of XP

I put in a different CD-Rom drive and now I get (redundancy check) error....then tells me to clean..etc....and then when I hit OK its the log error of i386/asms

I just tried that microsoft help doc. you posted and did the install to drive the folder i386...but didnt work

cleaning cd didnt work

i partitioned as FAT and NTFS several times...

Ive got a call into the guy I copied the cd from.....hopefully I can use that to see if the cd burn was defective

im lost....should I wipe the hard drive and start all over?

anyway at all to get 98SE back on? or any other steps

when I try to get the regedit.exe typed in it says not working or whatever

help thanks

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