Hi Fred. I look forward to Sundays and Wednesdays. You wrote… The biggest showstopper for many users is that PE Builder— and UBCD4Win— require a normal Windows installation CD. Many PC OEM "recovery" CDs or hard-disk recovery files won’t work with PE Builder, and that’s the only installation copy of Windows many users have." I discovered that while I have no installation disk on my HP XP Pro computer, all the installation CAB files are on my C: drive and Bart PE Builder worked just fine. For those who don’t have a disk it might be worth trying it. You might be surprised. —Robert
Thanks, Robert. Yes,sometimes, the CAB files are on the recovery CD; sometimes they’re on the hard drive— although they may be stored in a hidden recovery partition.
For many ideas on dealing with these "no standard setup CD" situations, see http://tinyurl.com/yk5ww6
If you can get at the CAB files somewhere, you then have a world of possibilities open to you, including the use of PE Builder and UBCD4Win .Since the programs are free, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give them a try— even if you don’t have "normal" Windows XP install disks....