I was installing Windows XP OEM onto my friend's computer. I have done this several times, but this was the first on my friend's machine. He was running a bootleg copy of XP previously and the copyright warnings were annoying him, so I gladly accepted the offer to reinstall Windows for $10.
I have a XP OEM CD and I have used it in my computer to reinstall it 3 times. However, I am having problems with it now on my friend's machine. After XP reformats the hard drive and starts to load the setup files, it stops at around 30-50% with an error, "Windows cannot load 'xxx.dll', press ESC to skip, press ENTER to retry, ect." I have retried over and over but it will not budge. I press escape, but every file after that gives me the same message.
We tried exiting the installer and reformating it one more time. This also did not fix the error.
What can I do? Is it my friend's machine or is it my disk? Does Windows have a "self destruct" feature after it is used over X amount of times?
I figure I must do something in the ASR, but if you know the command line, please share!
Thank you all for your assistance!