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By computab ·
A fairly new PC with 256MB RAM, 30GB hard disk, 2GHz processor, that eventually completed the installation OK, and I didn't need to use the driver disk as Windows had all the drivers.
After formatting the drive, (I dint need to run FDISK, as it hadpreviously been used for Windows 98), I copied the setup files from the i386 folder on the CDROM to the XP folder on the hard disk. I then ran WINNT, but got an error message that it couldn't find the files, DISK1, etc. I had to run WINNT from theCDROM, which was ok, but slower. What was wrong? This was not the first time.

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by sharpseven In reply to New installation

This links to an OK article on how to do what you asked. However, by the time you've done what they suggest, I would be finished installing XP by simply booting off the CD and following along. This is what I ALWAYS do because otherwise you waste a half-hour to save a few minutes.

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm

Hope this helps

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by computab In reply to New installation

Thanks for your help. It appears that contrary to the message in the XP floppy startup disk, you cant copy the setup files to the hard disk and run it from there, and with a 52x CDROM I wasted 20 minutes copying the files, not worth it. But making 6 floppy disks for setup is not a reasonable option either.

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by nusferatu22 In reply to New installation

I think the problem is that the XP installer only looks in the CD-Rom drives for its installation files. This is some kind of software protection I think to prohibit software piracy. I tried installing it also from the hard disk to speed up the installation but it doesn't work too. And installing it from the hard disk doesn't speed up the installation time because the slowdown usually caused by the disk checking and hardware compatibility and driver checking. I suggest installing it always witha fresh installed win98 OS and then upgrading it to XP to minimize the system back-up time of the older OS since it doesn't give you the option of not backing it up. I tried installing it in the same system with different CD-Rom drive speed using the same WinXP Installer CD and the time it took to finish is almost the same.

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by computab In reply to New installation

Thanks for your help. It appears that contrary to the message in the XP floppy startup disk, you cant copy the setup files to the hard disk and run it from there, and with a 52x CDROM I wasted 20 minutes copying the files, not worth it. But making 6 floppy disks for setup is not a reasonable option either.

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