I am doing a complete reinstall of windows xp on a desktop computer - deleting everything on the hard disk & starting from scratch. Win XP had become very unstable but the system had been working fine otherwise.
I was well into the install process when I received the following fatal error message
An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing. One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed. Data error (cyclic redundance check). If you are installing form a CD there might be a problem with the disc; try cleaning the disk or using another disc.
In the Setup log file is the next message:
Error: SXS.DLL: Syntax error in manifest or policy file "D:\I386\asms\1000\MSFT\WINDOWS\GDIPLUS\GDIPLUS.MAN"on line 4.
I followed the instructions given here - http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/xpinstall/thread/baf7233b-740b-4b67-a6e9-0bd1e6e68234 - to boot to the Windows CD, restart setup & choose Repair a Windows XP installation. I select the DVD drive as the boot device but it always goes to the message "setup is being restarted" and it goes through the whole error procedure again. I am unable to access the CD or HDD independently as it always goes to restart setup.
PS. Oh, and cleaning the disk didn't achieve anything either