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Old 07-05-2008
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XP Service Pack 3 Error while installing

I receive an error stating I do not have enough drive space available on
c:\windows\$NTServicePackUninstall..$ and that it needs 4 Meg of space. I do
not see this folder when browsing (with view hidden and system files) and I
have over a 100Gig of drive space available. This is a fresh install on boot
camp. I have been successful installing on a Mac with Parallels.

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Old 07-05-2008
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...This is a fresh install on boot camp.

The hard disk space requirements for WinXP SP3

How to troubleshoot an unsuccessful installation of WinXP SP3

I have tried twice with different results this was the last Error Code:
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Old 07-05-2008
PA Bear [MS MVP]
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Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for
Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14 Apr-09. Chat and
e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada.

Other: http://support.microsoft.com/oas/def...spx?gprid=1173 | select
Windows XP | select Windows XP Service Pack 3

Went on my grandsons Dell with no problem but on my 4th attempt on my box and
I am giving up for the night, anyone finds a solution let us know

Or see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949385 or

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Old 07-05-2008
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The core system file (kernel) used to start this computer is not a Microsoft
Windows file.
The Service Pack will not be installed.
Error message: Windows has detected that one or more protected core system
files (kernel)
on your computer have been modified


Error Code:8007F0CC happens if you have changed your "boot.ini" file.

Have you created a custom boot screen, or have you used software such as
Style XP to alter
your boot screen?

If you are using Style XP upgrade to the latest version. If you altered the
file yourself and made a custom boot screen, just replace "boot.ini" with
the backup you
made before editing it.

HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950717/en-us ->
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Old 29-05-2008
Chris Fry
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Re: XP Service Pack 3 Error while installing

This post contains information on how to edit and modify your Windows
Registry. Backup your Registry before trying this because any improper
editing can cause strange behaviour and at worst could even corrupt your
operating system completely, requiring you to re-install Windows.

I had a similar issue. This post helped me fix it

The solution involves creating a string registry key in:

Call the key "BootDir" and give it the value "C:\" (both without quotes).

Once this is done, try to install SP3.

If you'd like more info about why this works, read the referenced post.
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Old 12-06-2008
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RE: XP Service Pack 3 Error while installing

Maybe you've solved this by now, but just in case, and for others to know...

The trouble is your Apple Boot Camp drivers. You're probably using the 1.4
or earlier. If you update to OS 10.5 and install the latest Boot Camp (now
2.1) driver set over in the Windows OS then the drive will be seen properly.
The 4 MB is the exact message you get regardless of the actual free disk

Technically speaking the MacOS doesn't need to be updated to 10.5 just to
solve this, but you need to use your 10.5 disk in order to update the Boot
Camp drivers beyond Apple's beta set.
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Old 18-10-2009
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Re: XP Service Pack 3 Error while installing

When I Installing Service Pack 3 Error Cames Out And It Says: The file c:\windows\system32\drivers\ndis.sys is open or in use by another application. Close all other applications and then click Retry.Plz Help!!

Last edited by Cez@r : 18-10-2009 at 04:47 PM.
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Old 22-04-2010
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Clean boot XP and then install SP3:

How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state

If it appears to be too difficult, use Method 1: Guided Help.

Otherwise, do Method 2.
After SP3 installs and restarts the system, then manually undo the clean
boot steps as described in 'Steps to configure Windows to use a Normal
startup state', and restart the system to normal Windows mode.
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