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

While repairing a Windows XP installation on my friend's computer, it ran into a strange problem.

"Files Needed"
The file 'Asms' on Windows XP Professional CD-ROM is needed. Type the path where the file is located, and then click OK.


Solution A:

The tricks from Microsoft's KB didn't work for me, but it may for you. The instructions are fairly straight forward, but heres a translation to make things a bit simpler.

Note: Only use this if you're using NTFS for your partition. Otherwise, see the linked KB above.

  • When the dialog appears, press "Shift + F10".
  • Type in "regedit" and press enter.
  • Click "File"
  • "Load Hive"
  • Type in "%Windir%\System32\Config\System.sav"
  • Enter "Test"
  • Go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Test\ControlSet1\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}"
  • Delete any items in the right panel called "UPPERFILTERS" or "LOWERFILTERS"
  • Now go back to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Test" and see if there are any other "ControlSet####" keys.
  • Drill into "Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}" for that keys and delete any "UPPERFILTERS" or "LOWERFILTERS" items. Repeat for all "ControlSet####" keys.
  • Close the Registry Editor.
  • Try clicking OK on the setup error to continue.
  • If it doesn't work, cancel and try restarting to resume the setup.

That seems to be the solution that works for most people. For me, I used Solution B.

Solution B:

This is the one that worked for me. The majority of user advice seemed to stem from the fact that the DVD/CD drive not being loaded properly. I kinda winged it using an educated guess.

  • Press "Shift + F10"
  • Type in "sysdm.cpl" and press enter
  • Go to "Hardware" tab
  • Click "Device Manager"
  • If the items under "DVD/CD-ROM drives" have a little yellow exclamation mark on them, right-click on it and select "Update driver"
  • Select "No, not this time"
  • Select "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)"
  • Select "Don't search, I will choose the driver to install"
  • Select the first generic "CD Rom Drive" driver.
  • Finish the setup and it should load up your DVD drives.
  • Now, continue with the Windows XP repair by replacing "GLOBALROOT\DEVICE\CDROM0\I386" with "X:\I386"
  • Copy this into clipboard, you'll need it. (Yes, clipboard works even during setup! How awesome! Eat that crApple iPhone!)
  • Whenever the next popup appears, paste and press enter. You'll need to do this alot of times throughout the setup.

Solution C:

Try some of the solutions suggested here.

Some people claim that ejecting the CD and then putting it back in works. Others claim a full power cycle of your computer (turning it off for a while and unplugging the power) will work.

To be honest, I found that a clean install proved to be much better than a repair. It seemed to cause more trouble in the long run.


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