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    Setup on Bare Hard Drive (XP)

    I have checked through the threads on this forum, so apologise if i missed any that deal with this issue:

    First, there is no way to install the Beta 2 I have without setting up an earlier version of Windows such as 95 or 98 and then putting XP on the second partition in dual boot. There is no boot disk creation utility like there was with Win2K.

    You cannot install it on a bare hard drive prepped with Win98 basic DOS files (even with smartdrive enabled) the setup process fell over at the point where it needed to show the EULA, mainly because that file had not been copied into $WIN_NT$.~LSi386

    Manually copying the text file into this folder resulted in the setup asking for a previous copy of Windows (insert the CD) then fell over as it could not find the setup files, and repeatedly asked for the installation CD.

    With any "normal" operating system (even DOS or Linux) you can start with a RAW format hard disk and then partition and format the drive(s), but not with XP.

    The conclusion I have drawn is that either (a) this is a limitation of the Beta 2 disks I have or ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] Microsoft dropped the ball.

    I turn off the Whistler scheme as it punishes the system mercilessly and use the ME style interface.

    Media Player actually runs better under XP than under ME on the same machine spec (i.e. P200, 64MB Ram)

    I expect I will upgrade, but I will make absolutely sure that XP can cope with a bare drive first. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    RC

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    Re: Setup on Bare Hard Drive (XP)

    it's either a bad disk or your system.

    can you set you system up to boot to cd? the cd's are bootable.

    Ohhhh - RC2 was only downoadable - how did you burn it to cd? if your software can burn iso's properly, it's bootable.

    the boot disk utility makes 5 floppies. Not sure if it's in the RC2 iso though.

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    Re: Setup on Bare Hard Drive (XP)

    I have Beta 2 which is an upgrade and has no boot floppy utility.

    This was sent me as MSDN user group material.

    I dont have RC2.

    Hope that helps.

    No, I cannot boot off a cdrom either <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Setup on Bare Hard Drive (XP)

    Sounds like you're a dvd subscriber. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Setup on Bare Hard Drive (XP)

    No, I dont have a DVD subscription, just the standard library plus whatever I get sent via MSDN User Group affilation. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Curiously the comp I have can be set to boot off CD Rom, but hangs as soonas the hard drive gets partitioned. Dell said this machine should not be able to boot off CD rom, but I have two that do, and one that doesnt.

    RC

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