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Windows 7: XP Mode installation errors

06 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
XP Mode installation errors

Heres an interesting one for you all!

I am having trouble installing Windows XP Mode on a Dell E4300 laptop with Windows 7 Pro 32-bit. For the record, I have installed XPM on multiple occasions without any issues at all, until now.

Upon launching the XP Mode installer, it starts to deploy the temporary files but hangs at expanding “sources\xpm”. Then I get the following error:
“This installation package could not be opened. Verify that the package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer package”.

If I try multiple times, I am sometimes able to get beyond that point where the XP Mode setup screen shows up, but then I receive an error during the installation process that says:
“Source file not found: D:\xxxxxxxxxxxxxx\sources\XPM. Verify that the file exists and that you can access it”.

Ive checked everything I could with no avail…permissions, Hardware Virtualization. I also installed it on an identical machine with the same setup.

Then I got a hunch that the Windows Installer might have been corrupted. So I ran the command to un-install it (msiexec /uninstall) & got the same error message as above (“This installation package could not be opened. Verify that the package…)

What doesn’t make sense is that I just re-imaged the machine with a clean install of Windows 7. Could there be a recent Windows update causing the problem?

Thanks in advance!


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06 Jul 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello CCCItech, welcome to Seven Forums!

Maybe by some strange occurrence the installer got corrupted, have you attained another, have a look at the tutorial at the link below; be sure to let us know how it sorts out.

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup
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 XP Mode installation errors

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