Q: Error: sxs.dll: syntax error in manifest or policy file.

I want to reinstall Windows XP.  During the CD boot setup, I did a quick format of NTFS, then the install proceeded.  Then I encountered the error:

Windows XP.  Error: sxs.dll: syntax error in manifest or policy file "D:\I386\asms\6000\MSFT\VCRTL\VCRTL.MAN" on line 11.  Installation failed: D:\I386\asms.  Error message: incorrect function.

This CD has successfully rebuilt another PC - we have a corporate license.

Does this indicate a CD-ROM hardware issue?




Hi SRD75,


Try the below methods:


Method 1:

Try if you are able to replace the CD Rom drive or if you can arrange for an external CD rom and proceed with the installation.


Method 2:

Run memory diagnostic tool and check the results. Link you may refer to: Windows Memory Diagnostic:

Method 3:

I would recommend you to perform complete format of the hard drive to rule out possibility of a bad sector or physical damage on the hard drive



Samhrutha G S - Microsoft Support.

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