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 Post subject: Problem with home-built Win XP Home installation disc
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:21 am 
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Scott, I've tried to use a Win XP Home installation disc I built myself to do an in-place upgrade. Unfortunately, I've come up with the following error message:

"The following value in the .SIF file used by Setup is corrupted or missing:

"Value 0 on the line in section [SourceDiskFiles] with key 'SP3.cab.'

"Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3."

Could the installation disc I built be bad?


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 Post subject: Re: Problem with home-built Win XP Home installation disc
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:41 am 
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Of course the disc could be bad. But another problem is that you can't do an in-place upgrade (repair reinstall) from an unattended install disc (i.e. one with a SIF file). If there are no other problems then deleting the SIF file should allow an in-place upgrade to be possible. Even so, I recommend a fresh reload from scratch instead. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Problem with home-built Win XP Home installation disc
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:58 am 
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If I recall correctly, I did not make the disc an unattended install one. I found two SIF files in the I386 folder: TXTSETUP.SIF and WINNT.SIF. Which one should I delete?


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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:04 pm 
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I found two SIF files in the I386 folder: TXTSETUP.SIF and WINNT.SIF. Which one should I delete?

You should delete WINNT.SIF, which is the "answer" file you created that makes it an unattended installation disc. That file is not present on an original installation disc. On the other hand, TXTSETUP.SIF contains information used for device detection and driver installation (especially mass-storage drivers) during the initial text-mode installation phase, and would be present on both original and unattended discs. That file should be left alone.
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If I recall correctly, I did not make the disc an unattended install one...

The smoking gun in your hand seems to indicate otherwise. <g> Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Problem with home-built Win XP Home installation disc
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:48 am 
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Would WINNT.SIF be necessary for a clean installation?


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 Post subject: Re: Problem with home-built Win XP Home installation disc
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:51 am 
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No, it would only serve to make an installation "unattended". Scott.


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