|jam has good advice. it seems like installs never go smoothly, even when you have the CDs. that said, normally what i would do is slave the messed Xp drive and just copy the files from "D:" to "C:". or to CDrom. If Xp is NTFS and other computer is not, bios will see the drive but windows won't. if both are NTFS, should be no prob. be sure to set jumpers correctly on drives if you do the slave operation.|
seriously, might be worth expending reasonable time/effort to rescusitating the op.sys on winXP. Another thing i've found is Murphy corrollary #86: if you think it's expendable, 24 hours later you will need something it had.