Windows XP Pro bad setup; now hung in "Setup is being restarted " loop

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by yaaqovk, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. yaaqovk

    yaaqovk MDL Novice

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    After a bad setup, in which file asms could not be found even though its path was provided and the file really IS there, I am now hung in a "setup is being restarted" loop and cannot get out of it.

    It doesn't matter whether I boot from the CD drive, or the hard drive, I get the same "setup is being restarted." What must I do to complete my reinstallation and move on?

    (BTW, I'm a retired mostly-mainframe system programmer / software engineer)
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Can't you start it from scratch with a fresh installation source??
     
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  3. yaaqovk

    yaaqovk MDL Novice

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    As I said in my original post, I cannot get out of the loop. EVERY boot, whether from CD or HDD, results in "Setup is being restarted."
     
  4. eydee

    eydee Guest

    The file is there but probably cannot be read as the disc is damaged. So first step is burning a new CD, then formatting the drive and restarting the installation altogether.
     
  5. urie

    urie Moderator
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  6. Mobocratic Asylum

    Mobocratic Asylum MDL Member

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    The file 'asms' brought up old frustrating memories of trying to install XP. Ever thought of replacing the old cd/dvd drive with newer one?