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XP Pro 2002 service pack 3 installation issue
Before you all choke that I would dare to mention XP, let me give you some background. I had XP installed on a dyi computer running dual-boot with Win7 for several years with no problems. I have a Audio Precision Dual Domain System One, in perfect operating condition, but runs only with a host XP computer. Buying a current AP model is not financially feasible.
I also have an application I don't want to give up that includes embedded Access 97 Databases. The application will run on Win7 32bit but its databases have never been upgraded for newer versions of Windows Access. Its never will be since the application's developer/manufacturer went out of business years ago.
I want to modify the databases but can only do that with Access 97 which is not compatible with newer versions. To get Access 97, I need to install a complete Office 97 Pro, which I already downloaded. To install that I must reinstall XP Pro service pack 3 and this where my troubles begin. Windows will not allow an older version OS to be installed if a newer version is already present, even if a new partition is created. So, I backed up all my documents and install files to a different hard drive and re-formatted the former C drive's partition. I now have a total brick. It should be a straight forward clean install of Windows XP, in its own formatted partition, followed by a clean install of Win7 in its own partition to get everything up and running again.
Using a Microsoft factory cd of XP Pro 2002 Service Pack 3, I begin the installation. Everything is going OK loading files. When completed, I get a message saying my computer will be restarted to finish configuration and to leave the install disc in place. The computer restarts, the XP startup logo screen appears, then it happens...I get a Fatal Error message saying some sort of ASMS file is needed, "GLOBALROOT\DEVICE\CDROMON\I386" and wants to know where to look for it. Windows implies I should have a floppy disc containing this file. This file is nowhere to be found on the install cd.
I Google this missing file and find others have encountered the same problem. Some site KBxxxxxxx remedies. But since XP is no longer supported, links to these KBs are all rerouted to Microsoft 365. Does anyone here have any knowledge of this file, how to work around it, or access some sort of Windows archival site where all their legacy stuff is kept?
Thanks for any help.