File ‘ASMS’ on Windows XP Professional CD-ROM is needed

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Hi Friends,

I am encountering this error:

"The file 'Asms' on Windows XP Professional CD-ROM is needed."

I am currently installing Windows XP on my computer and I am seeing the error above. I would like to know, why this error is coming up. I am only just beginning to install and seems like there are issues already.

Please help me even make it to loading of Windows.

Thanks in advance.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #79725

File ‘ASMS’ on Windows XP Professional CD-ROM is needed

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Hello Michell,

The issue occurs when the Setup program is unable to communicate with the CD-ROM drive. You need to have a Windows 98 SE or Windows Millennium CD-Rom to resolve the issue. 

FAT32 system:

  1. Insert the Windows 98 Second Edition or Windows Millennium CD-Rom in the driver and restart system.
  2. Copy Xcopy.exe from the CD-ROM. To do this, follow the below steps:
  3. If Windows 98, type the following in the command line window and press ENTER.

c:

copy (cd-rom):win98smartdrv.exe

copy (cd-rom):toolsoldmsdosxcopy*.*

Note: Replace (Cd-rom) in the above command line with the CD driver letter on your computer.

  • If Windows Millennium Edition, type the following in the command line window and press ENTER.

c:

copy (cd-rom):win9xsmartdrv.exe

extract (cd-rom):win9xwin_17.cab xcopy.exe /L c: xcopy.exe

extract (cd-rom):win9xwin_17.cab xcopy32.exe /L c: xcopy32.exe

extract (cd-rom):win9xwin_19.cab xcopy32.mod /L c: xcopy32.mod

 

Note: Replace (Cd-rom) in the above command line with the CD driver letter on your computer.

  • If Windows is installed on the Hard disk, type the following in the command line window and press ENTER.

c:

copy (drive):windowssmartdrv.*

copy (drive):windowsxcopy*.*

 

Note: Replace (Drive) in the above command line with the hard disk drive letter where Windows is installed.

 

  1. Remove Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition CD from the drive, and insert the Windows XP CD.
  2. Type the following in the command prompt to copy the i386 folder from the CD to the hard-disc and press ENTER:

smartdrv

xcopy (cd-rom):i386 (drive):i386 /e

Note: Replace (Cd-rom) in the above command line with the CD driver letter on your computer.

  1. Restart the computer, and start the Setup program.
  2. At the error message or when ever prompted, press the Browse button, and locate the path of the i386 folder on the hard disk.

If you are unable to locate the “Browse” button, your system might be formatted with NTFS file system. Then, follow any of the below provided methods.

NTFS system:

Method 1:

  1. Press SHIFT+F10 at the error message to open the command window.
  2. Type regedit.exe in the command prompt window, and press ENTER.
  3. Click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE on the left panel and click the File menu.
  4. Choose “Load Hive” from the drop-down menu, and then load %Windir%System32ConfigSystem.sav.
  5. Enter Test when prompted for a name.
  6. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINETestControlSet1ControlClass{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
  7. Delete the UPPERFILTERS and LOWERFILTERS registry keys.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for all control sets.
  9. Click File, and click Exit to close Registry Editor.
  10. Click OK to continue the Setup program.

Method 2: If you are usable to use the regedit option at the command prompt in the above method

  1. Install Windows on another hard disc partition.
  2. Start Windows installation, and then start Regedit.exe.
  3. Repeat the steps as in Method 1.
  4. But load %Windir%System32ConfigSystem.sav from the originally (first) installed Windows Folder.

Method 3: If using a Windows XP burned CD, check whether it is properly written. To do this follow the below steps:

  1. Restart the computer after inserting Windows XP Installation CD in the CD drive.
  2. Press any key if you are prompted to start installing Windows from the installation disc.
  3. Choose “R” as the setup begins to start repair.
  4. Type in the Administrative password if you are prompted to, and press Enter.
  5. Locate the Asms folder in the C:$win_nt$.~ls folder. If the folder is missing, the CD is not written properly.

Hope the information provided is helpful.

Glenn

Answered By 0 points N/A #79726

File ‘ASMS’ on Windows XP Professional CD-ROM is needed

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Hi Michell,

What Service Pack are you using?

Have you tried using another CD installer?

What I suggest you do is either try to user a different installation CD with a different Services Pack in it or try to use a different DVD or CD rom Drive.

Make sure that in your BIOS your hard drive and your Optical drive is being detected properly.

Hope this helps!

Robyn

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