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TROUBLESHOOTING INSTALLATION ERRORS WITH THE BOOT.INI FILE

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TROUBLESHOOTING INSTALLATION ERRORS WITH THE BOOT.INI FILE
« on: October 24, 2014, 01:47:18 AM »



If the test based potion of the installation process complete successfully but the GUI based portion of the installation fails. The error may be caused by device driver that is failing to load properly. If you suspect that this is causing the installation error, you can edit a file called bolt.ini to list the drivers that are being loaded during the boot process. The boot.ini file is located in the root of the system partition. In order to cause the device drivers to be listed during the boot process, you need to edit boot.ini file to include the /SOS switch as shown below ( operating system)
Multi(o)disk (o) partition(1) /WINDOWS= “Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /SOS.

INSTALLATION NON-SUPPORTED HARDDRIVERS
If your computer is using a hard disk that does not have a driver included on the windows xp professional CD, you will receive an error message stating that the hard drive cannot be found. You should verify that the hard drive is properly connected and functional. You will need to obtain a disk driver from the manufacturer for windows xp, then specify that you are using a manufacturer supply driver by pressing the F6 key when prompted during the test mode caution of the installation process.

TROUBLESHOOTING WITH INSTALLATION LOG FILES
When you install windows XP professional, several log files are created by the setup programme. You can use this log to check for any problem during the installation process. Two log files are particularly useful for troubleshooting, namely:
 
  • The action log: The action includes all of the actions that were performed during the setup process and a description of each action. These actions are listed in chronological order. The action log is stored as “/winir/setupact.log”
  • The error log: This includes any error that occurred during installation for each error, there is a description and an indication of the severnigty of the error. This error log is stored as /windir/ setup err.log






 


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