Windows XP Pro boot disc errors.

  david20 09:29 07 May 04

I have downloaded from Microsoft website the boot discs onto 6 floppies in order to do a new instal of Windows XP Pro.Set up started Ok but On disk 3 I received the following error message: FILE SETUPP.SYS COULD NOT BE FOUND. ERROR CODE IS 4096. SET UP CANNOT CONTINUE. Any offers of help greatly appreciated.

  Diodorus Siculus 09:33 07 May 04

Could be that the file got corrupted on the download.

Are you in a position to boot with the XP CD? It is more reliable - you can go into the BIOS (setup) and tell the PC to boot from CD.

  david20 09:54 07 May 04

I'll try downloading the floppies again.
I have changed the boot up order to start from CD drive and installed the CD-Rom, but this does not work.
The message I receive when i turn on my computer with no OS installed used to be:'Boot System Error- Please insert disc'. However this has now changed to a higly frustating 'Default: F?_' which doesn't allow me to type any comand apart from F1 to F4 keys, which just repeat this message.

Can you tell me- I have a new Maxtor 80GB HDD installed also- do i need to set this up and format it before installing XP Pro? In my angst, I started to fdisk the HDD, but didn't get as far as formatting the C drive. Could this action be preventing installation of XP?.

On the verge of giving up on my 6 month old machine!

  Terry Brown 10:57 07 May 04

Go to click here where you will find a full set of boot disks (including the XP), else contact me (Email) and I wil be glad to send you the revelant download.

  david20 11:52 11 May 04

Finally I have loaded XP!
It was an od route to take though- had to set the Bios to read my DVD-Rom drive first. Then inserted a Win 2000 Pro install CD, then inserted an XP disc which upgraded the 2000.
Thanks to all who offered advice.

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