Unable to reinstall XP



Yesterday I was using my computer (with Intel Core 2 Quad CPU, 2.41 GHz, 2 GB
RAM) with Windows XP Home Edition when I suddenly got an error message that
Windows was shutting down to avoid damage to the computer.

When I restated the computer, I received the message: Missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM . I tried multiple times to let Windows
repair the problem, but it kept coming back to the same error message. I
also tried to restart using the last known good configuration, but received
the same error message (Missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\...)

I then tried to reload Windows XP Home Edition with SP2 from the original
CD. When I do that the following is displayed:
"Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error.
The setup log files should contain more information.
The signature for Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade is invalid. The error
code is fffffc06
The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc06 in the
message file for syssetup.dll
Setup had problems registering the following OLE control DLL:
Setup had problems registering the following OLE control DLL:

The disc is clean, by the way, and I've used 2 different CD drives with the
same results.

I read of someone else who had a similar problem who was told the Catroot2
folder was not being correctly deleted during the installation. When I tried
to rename Catroot2 from the command prompt at C:\windows\systems32 with the
command "rename catroot2 catold", I recieved the message "Access is denied"

Again, I am using an OEM installed XP Home Edition with SP2. The computer
has not had other operating systems installed on it. I don't know if it is
pertinent, but a few weeks ago I WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86 and
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 in order to run my applications.



Do you have anything that will wipe the hard drive clean? Are you formating
the hard drive when you go to reinstall XP? If you aren't then you might
have to.

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