Well, started formatting hdd with XP recovery disk at 17:00hrs. It finished at about 18:00hrs and now keep getting this: The File netsetup.exe wasn't copied correctly. The file setup placed on your hard drive is not a valid windows xp system image.
Also, before this message, each time I hit 'enter' to retry, got message: h323msp.dll hdwwiz.cpi help.exe hhctrl.ocx hhsetup.dll hid.dll hidphone.tsp himem.sys hlink.dll hnetmon.dll hnetwiz.dll all wasn't copied correctly to hard disk. This is the original CD I got with the PC. It's stored VERY safely in a box with all the Evesham paperwork. Don't know what to do next. Please, can anyone suggest anything other than throw the bally lot through the window??
was looking at exactly the site you mentioned!! BUT, only get as far as the blue screen (after tapping F8 after the cntr/alt/del) and I get the choices 'to setup XP press ENTER, to repair XP press R - this didn't work, I'll press enter hang on . . . . . OK, got Licensing agreement age, F8 to agree . . . . . choices are: To setup XP on selected item (c:partition1 [NTFS] press enter, to create a partition in unpartitioned space press C. to delete partition, press D. Well, I already ddone this at 18:00hrs - it took an hour to format that partition, so why is it aasking me to do it again?
but it's just finished, and again says 'The file msaud32.acm was not copied correctly. The file setup placed on yr HDD is not a valid XP system image'. Just as it did the first time I formatted, jim at 18:00hrs. It took an hour - this 'quick' format about 3 minutes. Now I can either it Enter to retry, doesn't work, ESC to skip file, done that and another msg msaudite.dll not copied correctly.