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04-04-2004, 04:13 PM
Hey guys. Im trying to install a copy of XP pro that someone gave me but am having a bit of trouble. When I start the initial install, I get a message saying that .SIF file is missing and under the message it says something about Value 0 on the line with key SP1.cab. I have no idea waht this means since this same copy was used to install on other comps. Someone suggested I just load the cd to my hd in dos and try to load from I386 folder. Can someone please tell me how to copy the XP cd to my hard drive in ms-dos. And if anyone has any other solutions on how to install this OS it would greatly be appreciated.

P.S. The cd contains the os Windows XP pro with Service Pack 1

04-04-2004, 06:16 PM
Got this from another forum which may help:

Creating the Setup Disks
When you download the Setup disks, the download contains only one large program file. When you run the downloaded file, it extracts the files. You receive the following prompt:
This program creates the Setup boot disks for Microsoft Windows XP. To create these disks, you need to provide 6 blank, formatted, high-density disks.

Please specify the floppy drive to copy the images to:

Type the drive letter for the floppy disk drive (this is typically drive A). After you type the floppy disk drive letter, you see the following prompt:
Insert one of these disks into drive drive letter:. This disk will become the Windows XP Setup Boot Disk.

Press any key when you are ready.

When you press a key, the downloaded file starts extracting and copying the files. Continue inserting the blank disks as you are prompted to do so until all six disks are created. If the process is interrupted you must run the downloaded program file again to create all six disks.

Make sure to label each disk appropriately with the number that is specified by the program. You will have to use the disks in the correct order during the Setup process.
Using the Setup Disks
After you create all six disks, insert the first disk in the floppy disk drive, and then restart the computer. Note that the computer must be configured to boot from the floppy disk drive. In some cases, you may need to modify your computer's BIOS settings to do this.

The Setup process starts. Insert the other floppy disks as you are prompted to do so. Note that you will need to use the Windows XP CD-ROM to finish Setup.
Downloading the Setup Disk Program File
Windows XP Original Release

For information about what Setup boot disk versions are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Windows XP Home Edition

Windows XP Professional

Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Note Windows XP CD-ROMs that include SP1 have the text "Includes Service Pack 1" on the CD-ROM.

For information about what Setup boot disk versions are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Windows XP Home Edition SP1

Windows XP Professional SP1

04-04-2004, 06:57 PM
Hey thanks for the reply but this is exactly what was done. After I did the initial install with the 6 floppy disks on my pc, I was prompted to insert the XP cd. When I did that it began to install files and thats when I got the message stating that the .SIF file was missing.

04-04-2004, 07:13 PM
Are the floppies the correct ones for Win XP Pro SP-1?

If it's SP-1a, then use the d/l here:

If that's N/A, then see if anything here helps:

Paul Komski
04-04-2004, 08:29 PM
winnt.bat and winnt.sif are two files that may be found in the i386 directory and are used for unattended installations.

winnt.sif (the answer file) can also be used from a floppy and from where it will be read, if it exists, in preference to its position on the hdd.

if these files exist in the i386 folder just try deleting (or renaming) them.

to copy the setup files to the hdd from an ordinary dos boot floppy you will need to have a fat partition on which to copy them.

..first make a new directory in a fat partition called say i386 (md i386)
..then (assuming the CD is drive X)(and assuming the fat part is F)
copy X:\i386\*.* F:\i386\*.*

delete (or rename) winnt.bat and winnt.sif if they exist
run winnt.exe from the i386 folder and dont use setup.exe.