3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 20, 2009 11:49 AM by Mylenium

    .cab files keep corrupting in Windows XP


      Hi all,


      I'm 3 days into trying to install CS3 onto an Xp system so, if you can help me resolve this, you're a genius in my book.  :-)   I keep getting .cab file corruption errors.  I think I've tried just about every trick I could find here in the forums (e.g., copying the disc's contents first to the hard drive, creating a new user account, using CS3 clean script and MS uninstall script, updating MS Installer, and all that jazz).


      I eventually tried installing it on a different PC (Vista) and it installed fine there.  I confirmed with 7-Zip's "Test Archive" feature on that system that the cab files on the disc were indeed fine and then copied all the setup files onto a flashdrive and brought that over to the Xp system.  Strangely, no luck...it seems the .cab files get corrupted even on the flashdrive once they are added to the Xp system.  About the only I haven't tried is updating to Xp SP3 (which I'm hesitant to do as I don't want to risk messing up my other programs that work fine with SP2, especially when I don't even know it will fix it).  I read where one guy with a home network installed it using the CD-ROM from one system to install it onto the other system that he was having the install trouble with.  He seemed to believe the problem was a combo hardware/software issue.  I'm thinking of trying this but will need to get it setup.  Do both PCs need to be running the same version of Windows?  Any other possible fixes?

        • 1. Re: .cab files keep corrupting in Windows XP
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          confuzeled wrote:


          Any other possible fixes?


          What Flash drives have you tried? Could well be that someting goes wrong when the files get written to them. Still, since it seems you started out with the original discs on the system, that doesn't seem to be the problem. More likely some security tool is scanning the files and damaging or Windows' own DEP has for some reason been set for cabinet files. So I'd definitely look into that. the version of Windows shouldn't matter. CS3 was developed at the high times of XP, so it primarily was made for that andjust the otehr way around, Vista compatibility is the bare minimum required.



          • 2. Re: .cab files keep corrupting in Windows XP
            confuzeled Level 1

            Thanks, Mylenium.


            The flash drive I used is a PNY Attache 8gb.  But yes, it does seem everything remains fine with the .cab files on both the flashdrive and the disc until they get put on the Xp system...then the .cab corruptions begin.


            I'll do as you suggest and try to see if there is some security scanning tool on there that could be causing it, though I don't think I've ever installed one since I never had that system connected to the net (in order to avoid getting any viruses on it).  But as you say, could be something within Xp itself that is causing this.  I'll see what I can learn about Windows DEP and see if there is some setting therein that is causing this.

            • 3. Re: .cab files keep corrupting in Windows XP
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

              If the incvestigation doesn't turn up anything, I recommend you manually download the .NET 1.1 runtimes and possibly the MSInstaller standalone package (alternately: full Internet Explorer) and move it over to the new machine. It may just as well be some DLL registriation hosed up, so the cab files lose their magic and the Installer can't string them together. Both the packages will update sub-components of the MSInsataller which may fix things....