|Tell us about using the HP Recovery disks.|
Is it a set of at least two if not three disks or more disks and
- the first disk loads Windows like a normal Windows CD does
- the first disk loads customized HP software, what you see does NOT look like what you see when you use a Windows disk to load Windows, the first disk prompts you to insert the second one after the first one has finished loading, the second one prompts you to insert the third one after the second one has finished loading, etc ?
If you don't know what I mean when I say.....
the first disk loads Windows like a normal Windows CD does
If you have not loaded Windows from scratch from a Windows CD before, look at this - it shows what you see when you're installing XP Pro when you do a Repair installation - you're not doing a Repair installation, but the screens you see in Setup are the same as for when you are installing MCE, until a lot later on in Setup
If the first disk is a CD, not a DVD, and if it loads Windows like a normal Windows CD does, and if Setup eventually prompts you to insert a second Windows CD, then the same as for the official Microsoft OEM 2 CD MCE set applies....
If you use the OEM MCE 2 CD set to install MCE, there are bugs in it's Setup that were in the first version (MCE 2002) that have never been fixed in newer versions, such as MCE 2005, the currently available version.
When you get through about 2/3 of the way loading files from the first CD and setting up Windows, it asks you to insert another CD, but the title of it is WRONG. Insert the second CD at that point. It will load files from the second CD for a while, then it asks you to insert another CD, but the title of it is ALSO WRONG. Insert the first CD at that point, and Setup will finish successfully.
If you get confused about what CD Setup is asking for and Skip loading files from the second CD, or Skip loading files from the first CD the second time, MCE is not installed properly!! You must start Setup over again, from scratch, and do it the right way!
(How do I know this ? Trial and error, the first time. After that I found the same info on the web. I have installed the official Microsoft OEM 2 CD MCE 2005 set many times.)
Most HP and Compaq computers that came with XP Pro or XP Home on them came with two disks of the following types.
- The first one is an XP Re-installation CD or similar,
- the second disk has Drivers for the system and possibly Applications (Programs) that did not come with Windows that were included in the original brand name software installation.
- the first CD DOES NOT prompt you to insert the second CD.
- the second disk is probably not bootable. After Setup is finished, you load at least the Drivers you need for the system from it.
The files and folders on the XP Re-installation CD or similar are exactly the same as the files and folders with the same names on an OEM Microsoft CD of the same version, Home or Pro, that has the same SP updates version integrated into it, or no SP updates integrated into it, except that the internal content of some of the OEM.* files on the HP or Compaq CD are different.
The XP Re-installation CD can be used the same way as a regular Microsoft Windows CD, but because of the custom OEM.* files it can only be used to install Windows from scratch, or to run a Repair installation of Windows procedure, with the brand name computer model it came with (the first disk will refuse to install Windows on any computer except the same model it came with).
I've frequently wondered what a brand name system that has an XP MCE version on it has for Recovery disks, because MCE does not fit on one CD, and the official Microsoft MCE disks are only available as an OEM 2 CD set - there is no retail version.
Does a brand name system with an MCE version on it have
- two HP Windows MCE Re-installation CDs that installs MCE, and one or more other disks with at least drivers on them ?
- a HP Windows MCE Re-installation DVD that installs MCE, and one or more other disks with at least drivers on them ?
- or - a custom made HP multi disk set that is installed one disk after the other, you don't see what you normally see when you use a Windows CD.
XP MCE is essentially the same as XP Pro except it has a few Pro features most people don't use omitted, plus it has the major Media Center program group and a lot more multi-media related support. The OEM MCE is a set on two CDs, not one. When you look for drivers, if ones for MCE are not listed, ones for XP Pro or any XP version will work, and often ones for 2000 will also work if none for XP are listed.
All MCE versions have at least SP1 updates integrated into them.
MCE 2005 has SP2 updates integrated into it.
You can't make an XP MCE "slipstreamed" CD or CD set that has newer SP updates integrated into it, but you should be able to make a "slipstreamed" CD that has extra drivers integrated into the contents of the first disk.
You can only run a Repair installation of Windows XP MCE using the first CD - due to a bug in it's Setup, it will not accept the second CD as being a valid source - you have to quit Setup at that point. If whatever was wrong was repaired by loading files from the first CD, XP MCE will work fine after you quit Setup.
You can't successfully run sfc /scannow if the SP updates that have been installed in XP MCE are a higher version that on the XP MCE CD set.
The same applies for all other XP versions.