Format the hard drive in another machine and have it copy the system files so it will boot into dos. Then create a folder in the root of the formatted drive. Lets call it "xp". Now in that xp folder copy the i386 folder from the XP CD. DONE. Install the hard drive back into the hp and it should boot right into dos. Once at the c: prompt, type cd xp\i386 then press enter. Now type winnt. The XP setup should now begin locally without a cd.
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