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Syntax error in manifest - installing Windows XP original CD

Hits 19837 | Created 2007-08-31 | Modified 2007-08-31

When installing an original Windows XP CD, either upgrade or full version, are you getting an error at the 39 minutes to go point that: Error: SXS.DLL: Syntax error in manifest or policy file?



The exact message I am getting is:

System Setup Log setuperr.log

Error: SXS.DLL: Syntax error in manifest or policy file "C:\I386\asms\6000\MSFT\VCRTL\VCRTL.MAN" on line 11.

Error: Installation failed: D:\I386\asms.
A component's file does not match the verification information present in the component manifest.

However, I have also seen threads with different .man files, such as gdiplus.man

The install was done on a new system with a blank HDD. The original Windows XP CD (not a copy, and never before used) was inserted and the install went according to plan - format, setup copies files, reboots and then gets to the 39 minutes to go point and then fails with this error. All you can do then is to reboot, and it happens again.

The CD is clean, and indeed, we tried another original XP CD which was taken out of packing for first time (pristine surface) and the same error occurs.

From what I understand, the solutions that work seem varied, which is annoying:

1. Faulty RAM - reseat, try one stick in different slots, try new memory.

2. Dirty, scratched CD - clean or try different CD.

3. CD is a faulty copy - try an original or different CD.

4. Unplug all devices before install.

5. Remove all cards etc (network, gfx, sound) and try again.

6. Upgrade your BIOS

7. In BIOS, choose optimum settings and try again.

8. Copy the i386 folder from your CD to your hdd and run winnt.exe - though I have no idea if this works on a new install on a blank HDD

9. While the Setup program is running, and while the error message still appears on the screen, press SHIFT + F10 to start a command prompt. At the command prompt:

Type cd\windows\system32\, and press "Enter".
Type rename catroot2 catold, and press "Enter".

I hope this is helpful to people trying to find an answer to this. If you have any more suggestions that don't include cleaning the CD or not using copies, then please post them below. Please also don't just post links to other threads etc, but actually post advice - we can all Google!

If I find a solution personally, I'll update this story.




Comment Syntax error in manifest - installing Windows XP original CD comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2007-09-04
Solution:

Ha! Memory it was. Took out one stick, and moved other to the alternate slot. Resumed install, same error. Removed that stick and put the recently removed one into the other slot, resumed setup and it worked like a charm.

After install, added other stick without any issues.

Bizarre how that can be the solution...
Comment Syntax error in manifest - installing Windows XP original CD comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2007-09-08
Additional - afterwards, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) wouldn't install, it crashed each time he tried. I advised removing the same memory chip again, and ta-da, it worked fine.
Comment Syntax error in manifest - installing Windows XP original CD comment by Ralpharama Hits | Last Modified 2007-09-25
Update. Crashes started to appear, so we removed the dodgy memory and all settled down for a few weeks until my friend decided to try and add it again, 'just to see if it worked now'. It didn't and suddenly it started to crash, he couldn't access add/remove programs etc. He removed the memory again, but the crashes continued...

Last known status: he was formatting and re-installing windows last night...
Comment Syntax error in manifest - installing Windows XP original CD comment by nastyCPU Hits | Last Modified 2009-03-09
Hey buddy, got the same type error message,what i did so far is clean the original cd and use a different cd drive...i think its working now...
Comment Syntax error in manifest - installing Windows XP original CD comment by john L Hits | Last Modified 2009-10-02
Confirmed
got this error on installing cp pro onto laptop.

reseting the bios to default settings and reseating the ram cleared the problem for me.

I also cleaned the windows disk :P

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