How to select specific placement for Windows XP installation

By lsl ·
How do I specify which harddrive or harddrive partition to install or reinstall Windows XP Professional on? From past experiences, the installation process appears to be tottally dependent on the install to decide where the installation will take place and there is no hint of where its chosen to place the operating system until the install is finished. This won't do especially if one's intent is reinstall on the original drive or partition the operating system was located originally.

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Not sure what you mean here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to select specific pl ...

As by default every version of Windows installs itself to C:\Windows as the main folder with a couple of others for Program Files. User Documents/Files and so on.

If you want to tell the OS where to place the New Install you need to avoid things like the M$ OPK Install Option or other Keyless Install Options. You need to use a M$ OEM Install Disc which allows you to decide where to locate Windows on the last Blue Screen before you are asked do you want o Format the Drive or use the Existing Partition. This allows you to install to a FAT 32 or NTFS Partition in XP at least and the previous Windows OS's that where available.

If you want to use a Makers Recovery Disc the OS will be loaded by default to the C Drive.

If you use the M$ OPK Install Method again Windows will be loaded to the C Drive.

If you slipstream your own Keyless Install Disc the OS will be installed to where you chose to place it when you made the Slipstreamed Disc.

If you use a OEM Install Disc you will chose where you want to place Windows. The only possible issue that may crop up is if you chose to use a Unpartitioned HDD to place Windows onto and have existing Partitioned HDD's installed in that computer the Windows Install will go to the HDD that you chose but it will be placed as the next available letter in the Drive Chain after you have Formatted the Drive. So if you have 1 HDD or several Partitions already Formated Windows will be installed to the D rive in the case of 1 Partition/HDD being present and to the next available Drive Letter depending on how many existing Drives/Partitions are present. So if there are 3 Existing Partitions the new install will be on the F Partition/Drive and so on down the Drive Chain depending on just how many Partitions are already available to the System.


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Is doing an overlay impossible.

by lsl In reply to Not sure what you mean he ...

In the past, when all else failed to correct a possible OS file corruption, one could reinstall Windows over the existing install. That appeared to be the case with Windows 98 and its predicessors. Now, any remnents of Windows XP having been on the C: drive, prevents the install process from placing Windows on drive C:. Like you said, the install will take place on the next available partition or drive. In my case, there are 2 drives and each has 2 partitions, yeilding drives C:, , E:, F:. There are also 2 more unpartitioned drives used for backup yeilding drives G:, and H:. If I were to attempt to do a reinstall, it won't ask if its a repair nor tell me what it is about to do. It will choose any drive, thru H: to install the operating system. When install completes, you can then tell where it was placed. I hate when that happens...

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In-Place repair

by IC-IT In reply to Is doing an overlay impos ...

Is possible with the right XP disk (usually OEM can equal no).
Normally Xp will detect the old install and prompt you to Pepair the installation (second R option) or to install to another location.
Of course if XP can not detect the install point it can't do a repair.
On way to verify the installs integrity is to boot to the Recovery Console.
Then do a Bootcfg /list.
If not found (even if only the repair), I would try a Chkdsk /r (first), then a Fixboot and/or a FixMBR.

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Is doing an overlay impossible.

by lsl In reply to In-Place repair

Both you and OH Smeg have been enlightening to say the least. It is the C: drive installation I am trying to repair and not getting the opportunity to do so with my NON-OEM original CD. I will try your recommendations and will also try the Microsoft procedure on "in place" install which OH Smeg has informed me about if all esle fails. Thanks to all..

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You can do a In Place/Repair/Upgrade install by

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Is doing an overlay impos ...

Following the directions here


But that will go to the same place as the existing copy of Windows so you are unable to alter where it installs to. You also need a OEM Copy of the Install Disc not a Makers Recovery Disc as most do not support the option to do a In Place Install of XP.

The Makers Recovery Disc's are all a Slipstreamed version with quite a lot of the Original Windows Installer Files missing the drivers are only supplied for the hardware that you have which in itself isn't a problem but the ability to do anything but a New Clean Install is the main problem with Recovery Disc's.


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Is doing an overlay impossible.

by lsl In reply to You can do a In Place/Rep ...

Both you and bwilmot have my extreme gratitude for your wonderful advice. It is the C: drive I am trying to repair and not getting the opportunity with my NON-OEM installation disc. I first went to "http:/tinyurl.com/g4bv8", and then to "http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341" where I found several more possible solutions.
You guys sure have been helpful. Thank you.

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Depends on who made the Recovery Disc

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Is doing an overlay impos ...

But most likely not. The System Makers have to support Windows so they limit the ability to do things that will cause them more work.

If you use a recovery Disc it's easier for the System Makers to just blow away the existing install and do a clean new install so that they can check if the hardware works. After all when everything is said & Done the limit of their exposure is in what they supplied originally and they don't want Software Issues to make their life's any harder. Most customers are unwilling to pay the costs when a Software Application causes Windows or the computer to stop working correctly. Some even have a point as it can tale a very long time to track down a Problem Program which is causing problems and with Domestic Systems this can be several times the cost of the Original System in Labor. For this reason members of the general Public don't want to pay three times the Original Purchase Price of their Computer in Repairs to make it work again.

Welcome to the Consumer Society where repairs are not important if it stops working just reload with Original Factory Loads or buy a new one.


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Windows XP Installation

by tushar.k In reply to How to select specific pl ...

Hello, If ur hdd is bigger so u can create more than one partion if u create 2 or 3 partitions the first drive c is create only 10-15 gb and then u save ur files on d: or e: so it will run long life

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