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Old 01-13-2005, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How can I do an "old fashioned" XP install?

HI all,

I'm used to doing Win98/ME OS installs. Basically, I boot the computer to DOS, fdisk it, then manually format it. Then I copy the install files from the CD to the hard drive and run the install from the hard drive.

I've long since switched to XP-Pro but every time I've installed it, it automated everything from the CD. There have been times when I've wanted to boot to DOS and do a manual format, but once I boot from the boot disk it does not recognize any of my hard drives (they're NTFS).

I've followed the instructions on Microsoft's website to create a boot disk to recognize an NTFS disk but it doesn't work, and no matter how much I try I can't get it to work.

How can I make a boot disk to recognize my NTFS partition and install the "olf fashioned" way - by copying the i386 folder to the hard drive and running setup from there?

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Old 01-13-2005, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You should be able to go to my computer, right click on your floppy drive and hit format. In there is make bootable disk.

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Old 01-13-2005, 10:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, first off, WinXP did away with DOS. It's now an internal emulation of the old DOS shell, and doesn't function the same.

Second, the actual boot-disks for XP number around 6 disks, and you should make them from the Microsoft website.

You shouldn't need the boot-disks, though. Usually you can just put in the XP disc, and during installation you should have the option to reformat the drives or just do a repair (overwrite of OS files, leaving your data alone).

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