I have been running XP Home Edition since 2002 without major problems until
recently, when the computer went into an endless cycle of crash, reboot,
scandisk, discard some file fragments, crash
First, I tried repair; then, over-writing Windows; next, reformatting; and
finally, repartitioning. At one point, I think I had a good install, but then
I made what appears to be a blunder--I installed SP2, and then SP3. At which
point, I found myself back to the endless cycle of crash, reboot, scandisk.
The problem appears to be a corrupted install CD. When copying files from CD
to drive C:, a number of files do not copy. Retry rarely works. The number of
such files is about two dozen now and seems to be increasing. In general, the
subset of files is different each time, with little overlap. Most of the
errors occur about one-third trough and near the end of the copy list. I have
tried three different CD drives, with similar results.
I have concluded it must be the install CD. It has sat in its folder since
it was used seven years ago. It looks unscratched and clean. I have cleaned
it two more times, just to be sure. No improvement.
While scanning this forum, I found a post from Shenan Stanley (MS-MVP):
"You can download Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and integrate (sometimes
called slipstream) SP3 into the media and burn a new CD (for either your
Windows XP Professional or Home Edition.)"
I tried something like this, but the BIOS said my new disk is not a boot
disk. I tried swapping disks after booting, but that did not work either.
I would like to try the idea from Shenan Stanley but I need very precise and
detailed instructions. I have no idea how to integrate or slipstream SP3 into
the install files. I do not know how to create a boot CD.
A second problem is the format of the CD. All the Microsoft CDs and the CDs
I created on my now-dead computer using Windows XP are formated as CDFS.
However, CDs formated on my other computer running XP Pro are formated as
CDUDFRW or "Drag-to-Disc-RW". It is a Dell desktop with pre-loaded software
but no software disks. The Windows CD functions seem to have been taken over
by "Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator". [I think it's like Nero, which I used
with Windows 98.] There does not appear to be a way to disable it or replace
it with Windows CD functionality. Roxio claims the CDUDFRW format can be read
by any CD drive. I have no way to test this.
Any insights on the second problem would be appreciated; or should I take
this to a Dell forum?