I have assisted a neighbor in his purchase of a new Dell PC. I was surprised that the PC came with no WinXP OS CD, but rather the i386 directory on the HD. Dell's recommendation is to use system restore if there's a problem or to run Symantec PC Restore which they have included on his PC. That's fine, I guess, once you run Symantec that would put the PC back to its 'original' state.
What I'm wondering is how does one make an operational WinXP install CD from the i386 directory. All of the system files are there, just as on the original CD, but the files and directories that are needed to run an install CD do not appear to be present. I don't know that it would work to take those files (setup.exe, for instance) off of another WinXP CD.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to make him a decent and legal WinXP CD from his i386 directory. He does have the product code and all of that stuff on a sticker on the PC case.
Thanks a lot for any suggestions.
--Bob Harris <img src=/S/flags/USA.gif border=0 alt=USA width=30 height=18> <img src=/S/flags/California.gif border=0 alt=California width=30 height=18>