Trying to load XP Pro on new hd on 2003 Time laptop. Hd is formatted and 1 partition. can only load from floppies - no prob. until "insert SP1 CD". Have tried every download I can find (i.e. SP1a, SP2, XP Pro + S1a, XP Pro + SP2, other reload disks etc. but machine will not accept them. CD drive is OK. Have also tried external CD Drive. Any more suggestions please - apart from the obvious !
If you format your hard drive as FAT32, you can install XP from DOS. Boot with a Windows 98 "boot floppy" and run the WINNT.EXE file in the i386 folder on the CD. You *CANNOT* run the Setup.exe file on the CD from DOS.
Microsoft's instructions for doing this are at click here
Woodchip - thank you. Alternatives are: 'insert sp1 cd' or 'exit' so cannot load XP - or any thing else. MgMcc - Thank you - Had no option but to format as NTFS. How do I run WINNT.EXE from CD - copy to floppy ? Or through DOS ? Will read link - many thanks, but a bit brain dead at the moment - like the laptop !!!
Firstly, the drive must be formatted as FAT32, which can be done in DOS. Strictly speaking, you only need a partition large enough for the installation files formatted as FAT32 but it is simpler to use a FAT32 drive. It can be converted to NTFS later if you want.
Boot with a Windows 98 "boot floppy" and select the option to have CD support. Insert the XP CD and at the A:\> prompt, type in:
where "drive" is the letter of the CD drive. Note that when booting from a 98 floppy, it will have been displaced by one letter. If your CD drive is normally "D", it will temporarily be "E".
Many thanks esp to mgmcc for the Fat32 hint. Many hours spent reading umpteen MS KB's and we're there - albeit unvalidated. Now spending hours reinstalling software. PS - how do I get back my standby power settings ?