Load XP directly thru Dos.

  Zinedene-285364 14:01 06 Dec 2003


Hope someone could help,
How can I load WinXP Pro directly onto a new formatted hard drive (fat32).
It says you cant run setup from a ms-Dos line when I try.
Ive got XP start up disks, and can use them, but wanna know how to do it without them...

Someone said something about locating a file in i386 folder...and can do it from there...

Any advice people??,



  Forum Editor 14:10 06 Dec 2003
  JIM 14:18 06 Dec 2003

Poss, the same as F.E posted

HOW TO: Start Setup from MS-DOS in Windows XP

Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 01:04:21 +0500
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - Q307848
HOW TO: Start Setup from MS-DOS in Windows XP
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Preparing to Run Setup
Starting Windows XP Setup from MS-DOS
This article describes how to start Windows XP Setup from an MS-DOS

Preparing to Run Setup
Before you install Windows XP:
Verify that your computer hardware is compatible with Windows XP. For the
latest compatibility information, and to download and install drivers for the
listed hardware, see the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs Web site at:
click here
To view the system requirements for Windows XP, view this Microsoft Web site:
click here
Read the following documents on the Windows XP CD-ROM (where is the drive that
contains the Windows XP CD-ROM). These documents contain information to help
you prepare for the installation.
:\Docs\Read1st.txt: This contains critical last-minute information that was not
included in the documentation or any other .txt file on the CD-ROM.
:\Docs\RelNotes.htm: This contains the Windows XP release notes.
:\Readme.htm: This contains late-breaking or other information that supplements
the Windows XP documentation.
Create a partition on the hard disk and format it with the FAT or FAT32 file
system. For additional information about creating a partition, click the
article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q255867 How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or
Repartition a Hard Disk
Note that Windows XP Setup requires at least 383 megabytes (MB) of free disk
space to copy installation files during Setup.

Starting Windows XP Setup from MS-DOS
Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Start the computer to an MS-DOS prompt with CD-ROM support. If your computer
does not have MS-DOS already installed, or does not allow you to choose to
start to an MS-DOS prompt in the Boot menu, see the following Microsoft
Knowledge Base article:
Q187632 How to Create a Windows 98 Startup Disk that Supports FAT32
Start SMARTDrive if it is not already started. To do this, change to the folder
that contains the Smartdrv.exe file, type smartdrv, and then press ENTER. If
you do not use SMARTDrive, you may notice that the portion of Windows XP Setup
that copies files to the hard disk performs slowly.
At the command prompt, type :, and then press ENTER (where is the drive that
contains the Windows XP CD-ROM).
Type cd\i386, and then press ENTER.
Type winnt, and then press ENTER. Windows XP Setup starts.
Type the path to the Windows XP installation files, and then press ENTER. For
example, type d:\i386.

Windows Setup copies files to the hard disk. When the files are copied, the
following message appears:
The MS-DOS based portion of Setup is complete.
Setup will now restart your computer. After your computer restarts,
Windows XP Setup will continue.

If there is a floppy disk in drive A:, remove it now.

Press ENTER to restart your computer and continue Windows XP Setup.
Remove any floppy disks from the computer, and then press ENTER. The computer
restarts and Windows XP Setup resumes. Press ENTER to continue.
Follow the steps to select and format a partition in which to install Windows

If your hard disk contains only one partition, do not delete it from the list
of existing partitions. Windows XP Setup has copied the installation files to
this partition.

You can later convert a FAT32-formatted partition to the NTFS file system.

Setup copies the files needed for Windows XP Setup, and then the computer

If you chose to format the drive by using the NTFS file system, Windows checks
the drive for errors, and then restarts.

Windows XP Setup resumes in Graphical User Interface (GUI) mode.
Follow the steps in the Windows Setup Wizard to complete the installation of
Windows XP.

First Published: Sep 14 2001 1:30PM

  Zinedene-285364 14:28 06 Dec 2003

many thanks

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