Using I386 folder to reinstall XP

Ibm / 8187e1u
March 14, 2009 at 00:55:36
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 2014 MB
My IBM ThinkCentre is now 5 years old. No original install CDs. There is a folder on C:\ named I386.

I would like to copy the I386 folder to CD. Then use a 3rd party boot disk to wipe/format the HDD. Then run WINNT32.exe from the CD to reinstall XP.

The computer is OK but I would like a refresh.

Lastly, the optical drive on this machine is an upgrade. How will the optical drive work after reformating to reinstall XP if the only drivers in folder I386 are for the original ROM drive?

I know this is tricky without the original microsoft disks but I would like to do a fresh install as I think there is a copy of an install disk on my hard drive.


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#1
March 14, 2009 at 05:22:14
testing, testing 1 2 1 2


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#2
March 14, 2009 at 05:31:35
Be patient - today is a Saturday and it's still early...

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#3
March 14, 2009 at 10:18:11
... you could buy one of those cheapo usb sticks a copy the cdrom drivers to it.

... right click My Computer click> properties> hardware> device manager> +dvd/cdrom drive r/click> properties> driver> driver details.

... but what about all your other drivers? There are some third party apps that collate all your drivers but I ca'nt recall any free ones.

... if you're going to format and "fdisk" I assume that your drive is NTFS?

... maybe best to fdisk+ format as fat32 [alter back to NTFS after xp has installed itself]... as your 3rd party boot disk may not be able to recognise ntfs?

... I must admit many a time installed XP from command prompt via i386 folder typing "winnt" to spark it off

... using "smartdrv" first:

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...

... but I have only done this from off a XP CD or from the i386 folder copied from the CD to the hard drive and NOT an already installed XP.

... I know that it will go through the motions of installation after running "winnt32" .... never had to do it [honest]

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#4
March 15, 2009 at 08:43:01
Mavis007

Thank You for the reply.

My drive is NTFS. And I have been told that I can run WINNT32.exe from within windows or WINNT.exe from command prompt.

Thanks for the link and all your info. I will let this post run longer to see what other info. I might receive.


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#5
March 15, 2009 at 09:05:31
I would suggest you use Magic Jelly bean or Rockxp to note your Microsoft license,
Then borrow a disk to reinstall, then change the key.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#6
March 15, 2009 at 13:41:01
Right now I don't know anyone with install CDs.

Another related question(s): Wouldn't the original drivers for everything be in this I386 folder; with the exception of the upgraded combo drive in the machine now.

I also used Magic Jelly Bean and this XP install has a product key # different from the one on the case.


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#7
March 15, 2009 at 14:01:44
Its amazing what google turns up.

http://www.howtohaven.com/system/cr...

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#8
March 18, 2009 at 05:30:49
... I agree

... free driver back-up:

http://www.drivermagician.com/Porta...

... from here:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTAB...

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#9
March 18, 2009 at 10:25:28
Thanks all, great information.

I did use Google but didn't find the link to the howtohaven site.

I probably didn't use the best keywords

I'll keep this info for the time I actually do a reinstall.

I'll buy a new machine first and have an old machine for experimenting/reinstall etc.


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#10
March 18, 2009 at 10:38:27
... just click the "http" links in responses 7 + 8

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#11
March 18, 2009 at 12:20:44
For drivers, I use Driver Max

http://www.innovative-sol.com/drive...

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#12
April 18, 2009 at 13:12:39
I pulled out the original HDD (for safety) and put in an old 60GB drive from the closet.

I had time to go to the "howtohaven" site and created my installation disk. Worked great. Driver magic also worked great. Magic Jelly Bean worked great.

Boot time went from 2 mins. to about 45 sec.

Ofcourse the MS ofice 2003 is stuck on the old drive with the old cluttered system. No install disk for office either.

Thanks for all your help Mavis007 and Clive P


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