Problem installing Windows

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Blanchy123

Guest
I'm installing Windows, it's formatted the drive, and copied the files over, but when it starts installing them it says something about a cycic redundancy check when copying a file from e:\I386 and has to exit.

Is this something to do with the disc drive? It seems to be spinning very fast when trying to install. Is there a way of copying to files to HDD and installing from there?
 

Intya

Novice Member
Cyclic redundancy means the disc in question is naff (when you get it referring to a hard disk, panic!). You could try cleaning the disc, and the drive lens, but you're better off with another Windows CD I'd wager *cough*
 
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Blanchy123

Guest
Ah right, so is there anyway of installing it off the HDD then?
 

Intya

Novice Member
Not as far as I know. Problem is, it sounds like the disc is scratched/burned badly *ahem*, so if you were to copy it straight to the hard drive, you'd copy the errors with it I assume.
 

Downinja

Well-known Member
Speak to the people that supplied the software.

It's either a damaged or bad disk, if you can get hold of another copy, worth trying just to rule out the optical drive.
 

Setenza

Novice Member
You can in theory, copy the contents of the CD to your hard drive then run the installation from there.

However, if you have a fubar CD then this could be an issue anyway. Try the CD in a another drive first to test it's intregrity.

If possible remove the hard drive, install it in another machine as a slave drive. Then if the installation CD is trustworthy, copy the whole of it to a specific directory on the hard drive. Once done, remove and replace in the PC it originated from. The boot from a floppy or CD (there are plenty of tools around to make these), and then run the installation by runing the setup.exe from the directory you copied the file to.
 

Singh400

Distinguished Member
Try cleaning the disc. Which file gives you that error? Because you should be bale to copy the rest of the files, apart from that one. You should be able to find that particualr file from somewhere on the 'net.

Also, this is a trick I learnt when installing an old copy of win98se:

When it throws up that error, eject the drive, and then turn the disc clockwise a half of turn. Then load the drive. And click retry on the error. Always worked when I was installing 98se.
 

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