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Travis Haze Aug 11, 2004, 04:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I formatted a computer that was running winME so I could install winXP on it. During the installation, from the cd, it tells me "setup cannot copy file [filename]". I decided to just press esc and skip all the files it was complaining about... around 20 of them. Then windows gives me an error when it loads up in gui about a file missing...

So I decide to take the hard-drive out of the computer and put it in my computer (totally different computer). I am using the same winXP cd (which isn't scratched at all). I hooked it up to my computer and when I try to install winXP on the hard-drive I get the same errors.

Is there a way to fix this or should I just install it on the hard-drive and then copy+paste the files from my hard-drive into the naughty hard-drive's windows folders? I'm not sure even that will work...

I'm out of ideas, someone help me..


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Michael A. Aug 11, 2004, 07:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 11, 2004, 07:03pm EDT

 
>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
It sounds like the CD-ROM could be corrupted. Do you have another Windows XP CD you could try? If you delete all the partitions, redo them in NTFS, do a full format, and try again with a new CD that should work.

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Travis Haze Aug 11, 2004, 08:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
I tried both of my cd's.. same exact thing.. weird.

I copied the missing files from my computer into the hard-drive of the computer i'm working on. I hooked the hard-drive back into the computer i'm working on and when I turn on the machine I get a "missing NTLDR" error. I figure that this means that there is some error in the mbr.. although I have no clue how to fix it without formatting the whole thing again which gets me nowhere.

Thanks in advance for any ideas,
travis

smoto smoto Aug 20, 2004, 01:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
This could be an issue with you CD Rom DRIVE.

If you have another drive try and use that.


Personaly had a similar problem, using a different drive (from my old computer) was able to install XP with no hustle.

Hope it works..........

Michael A. Aug 20, 2004, 02:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
I'm with smoto on this one...try another drive.

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Kirsty Harris Aug 25, 2004, 12:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
Hi,

I have had the exact same problem and have not yet solved it. I gave up months ago, but today I have been in a few forums and most people have suggested I do a memory test (http://www.memtest86.com). Also they have suggested I disconnect any hardware I dont need (sound card network card etc).

In my situation I bought a new Motherboard, New HDD, New Processor and New RAM.

I have three copies of XP, I tested them on another system and they install fine so that rules out a corrupt disk.

Next I took out my CD RW and replaced it with a new one and tried installing again. Still no luck, so put my old CD RW in another PC and tried installing it. It worked fine. This rules out a fault with my CD RW.

Next I took out my new HDD and put it in another machine, Installed XP with No Problem. Put the HDD from the Other machine (Which I know works) into my machine and tried installing. Nope still doesnt like it.

So this rules out any problem with:-

The CD
The CD RW
The HDD

This leaves My motherboard or my IDE cable?

However I can install win 98 and Win ME on my machine which is where I am getting confused. I'll let u know how I get on this eve

Dajut Osechki Dec 31, 2004, 05:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
I have had the same problem. I have tried two XP CDs and two CD drives with the same result, and I got a new hard drive and still had these problems. When attempting to install ME again, I had similar copying errors, but found a txt file on the CD which had detailed instructions to solve this kind of problem. I followed these - I copied the CD to the hard drive after booting from a floppy, then followed the instructions to manually extract all the CAB files, and it worked. Unfortunatley XP does not let you do this, and there are no similar instructions...
I also tried a different IDE cable, same problem.
I can only think that its a motherboard problem - try updating your BIOS.
Mattura

Sander Sassen Dec 31, 2004, 05:53am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
Faulty memory or overclocked processor, we've had this in the labs many times. Just clock the processor down to its stock speed and the problems should go away. If not the memory could be at fault. But the obvious suggestion would be to check the CD for defects and/or try a different CDROM/DVD drive.

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Dajut Osechki Dec 31, 2004, 06:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
Whilst working on this problem, during one boot, there was a constant tone coming from the pc speaker. Worried, I turned off the PC and restarted in BIOS. I had a look through the advanced section and found that there had been a frequency mismatch, and my cpu frequency was now set (manually) to 100/33 (before it was 133/33 as it it 1.4GHz). Does this signify a particular problem? I'm going to replace my RAM next.

-DajutOsechki

Dajut Osechki Jan 10, 2005, 11:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
I found my RAM was faulty - gave errors on a MATS+ test with cache disabled.
Thanks Sander.

bossa ritchie Jan 10, 2005, 02:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
This can happen for a number of reasons faulty RAM, overheating, Virus on computer or if you use a CD-RW to do the install it may be spinning the disc to fast, to test your RAM there are 3 programs you can use Microsoft has 1, Memtest or Doc Memory these can only do read and write tests and an overheating CPU will make the memory checker give false information saying you RAM is faulty when it is not, when you get to the bit in the install cannot install the file you could reset the computer and check your temps, Sander said underclock the CPU if you do this I take it the CPU will not be as hot as it is not being completely used so thats why the install will work after the CPU is underclocked if the problem is an overheating issue, I had the same problem as you I ran the RAM checkers they said my RAM was faulty the shop replaced it a number of times but after the third time the RAM showed errors in all the Memory checkers I decided that maybe the RAM was not broken, the guy in the shop said to me that the programs to check your RAM are useless and not worth downloading, so I went out and bought a good coolermaster HSF, I put it in and the same piece of RAM that was meant to be broken passed all the tests after the coolermaster was put in, I done a search on the Net about RAM diagnostic programs and most of the IT sites didn't loke them but if you think about it if these programs were %100 accurate then IT technicians would get them rather than spending over £1000 on a machine to check the RAM.

rob dam Feb 28, 2005, 07:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
It's the RAM; I had the same EXACT error after I thought I had added an additional 128 MB of RAM to the existing 128 MB of RAM. The newly added RAM was bad and a 2nd replacement 128 MB of RAM worked like a farkin charm.

Jay J Feb 28, 2005, 07:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
When I had the problem with my xp install I was almost ready to pull my freaking hair out... but after alot of testing and crap all I did to fix it was put in my trusty ultimate boot cd and go to hard drive tools ..selected my drive and reset it to ata/100. No problems after that.

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Vu Nguyen Mar 02, 2006, 06:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
Hi there,
I have the same problem when I try installing windows XP Pro on the computer. The OS was windows 2000, the user just unplug the usb stick out of the computer without using the stop feature to safely remove the device, the computer is dead. I decided to install a fresh windows xp, it keeps coming up with the message that windows can not copy file aaaa.aaa, press enter to retry, esc to skip, F3 to quit set up. I am sure that there is nothing wrong with the CD drive, because I also use RIS (Remote Installation Service) which allow me to perform install through the network. Still get the same thing. I changed the HDD, resit the RAM, still the same problem.I will perform the RAM test and give you the results.
Cheers.
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Vu Nguyen
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Vu Nguyen Mar 02, 2006, 06:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
Yes, I have tried the program memory test from the upper link, it shows the memory is faulty, I will change the RAM and post the result.
Cheers.

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Vu Nguyen
Powerthink Melbourne

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Alberto Moreira Mar 24, 2006, 08:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
I'm having the same problem with a brand new HP d4100y (ASUS P5LP-LE Motherboard). I changed the CDROM and I tried several different Windows CDs, 32 and 64 bits, no luck. The Bios Setup doesn't give me any control over clocking, do you guys know any way of doing it ? Also, is it possible to get some version of DOS on a CD ?

Tks for any info !

Alberto.

Michael Caruso Mar 24, 2006, 10:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2006, 11:43am EST

 
>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
I've just been through a very similar scenario on my computer which is running Win2k (XP's cousin). I downloaded and ran "Memtest86" (which I learned about from above) which detected faulty memory. As it turns out I had one (out of four) bad 256 Mb RAM module. I removed it and was able to format the partition and install the OS fine.

Here is my post from another forum (Moderator: I hope that's OK?) which outlines my problem and hopefully, fix.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/449750-win-2k-can...ost3462425

~Vel Mar 24, 2006, 11:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
mm... its definatly something hardware that the BIOS isnt likeing though, not windows, my dad had this problem a month ago, one of his CPUs died (he had a p2 and p3 going) and it didnt like that.. <.<

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Alberto Moreira Mar 25, 2006, 10:57am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
Awesome, guys! Thanks very much, Vel, and thanks, Michael Caruso, for your spot-on help. One of my two 1Gb memory module was defective. I removed it, moved the other module to the first memory slot, and I'm now a happy user of Windows 2003 on my brand new Pentium D system. I didn't have a chance to burn Memtest86 into a cdrom as yet, but I will do that soon, and run it on the faulty memory module.

Alberto.


Michael Caruso Mar 26, 2006, 11:35am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 26, 2006, 12:22pm EST

 
>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
Alberto, you are welcome. I know too well the frustration of trying to figure this one out.

In an effort to keep this info in one place I'm pasting my fix from the other site (sorry for the long post):

:~ My original problem (as posted on http://forums.techguy.org):
Win 2K cannot copy .dll, .sys, .inf files on installation

I have been running Windows 2000 on a home built system for about three years. I recently started having problems with the system shutting down, continuous automatic reboots, Blue screen etc.

I decided to go with the scorched-earth approach and re-partition and re-format the HD (Maxtor 80GB) and reinstall the OS. On installation of the OS I kept getting "Was not copied correctly" - "CD may be damaged" for an alphabet soup of files:

ir41_32.ax
ir41.qc.dll
ir41.qcx.dll
ir50_32.dll
ir50_qc.dll
ir50_qcx.dll
lvfsrc.ax
13codecx.ax
lvcam.sys
lvcodek.sys
lvsound.sys
mdm656n5.inf
mdmlt3.inf
wbdbase.fra
wbdbase.nld
wbdbase.sve

etc.

After much trial and error (mostly error) I determined I had a bad (1 of 4) memory module.

Here was the fix:

I made a CD of the aforementioned "Memtest86" memory test utility which in turn identified a ton of memory errors on boot up (the standard out-of-the-box boot up memory test detected no errors). I was a little confused because Memtest86 pretty much just takes off when you start your computer (and, as he states on his website, will run indefinitely). Bottom line: I think if you see red, that's a bad thing. Also, since the utility cannot tell you which module, or possibly slot, is bad (for reasons also explained on the site) I still had some work to do.

I next removed 3 of the 4 modules (leaving slot 4 occupied on my ABIT KG7 motherboard - I tried slot 1 first but received an error message stating to start at 4 - a little counterintuitive I thought), and tested that module, which indicated no errors. I then removed that module and replaced it with (2) of (4), and ran the test again. I repeated this until I had tested each module individually. On module (3) the computer revolted. It would not initiate the boot sequence, or for that matter shut down, all the while beeping continuously (similiar to buffering up too many keystrokes). I then removed the bad module and installed the three "known" good modules and the memory tested OK. As further verification, I added the fourth known bad module to the other three and once again the computer would not properly boot (or, again, shut off).

I removed the offending module, inserted my Win2K OS CD, & booted the computer; the partition formatting and OS installation went off without a hitch :)

For what its worth I am running (4) four year old Crucial 256 MB DDR, 266MHz, CL2.5 RAM modules. I called Crucial Customer Service and explained the problem. The representitives (one tech and one CSR) could not have been more friendly, professional and helpful. I was promptly provided with an RMA and instructions for returning the defective module for a no-charge replacement. Within a few minutes I also received an email verifying all the information.

Shadow_Ops_Airman1 Mar 26, 2006, 11:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: "setup cannot copy file" error when installing windows XP
who is the drive manufacturer? cause if its any of the big comps, you should be able to get their zero write utility which will zeroize the drive restoring back to factory defaults, also you should learn how to take care of CDs, and make backups of them. If its one thing that will prevent XP from installing Correctly is a Scratched/dirty CD.

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