Solved How do I create a bootable Windows XP install partition?

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July 13, 2012 at 07:23:49
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Various/Various
I have a Dell Latitude C400 laptop with no CD-ROM drive from which to install Windows XP. However, I do have a second laptop I can use to manipulate the hard drive and copy files onto it.

At the moment, I have created two partitions on the hard drive; the active partition is about 1GB, and I copied the Windows XP setup CD to it. The other partition uses the rest of the space on the drive and will be home to my installation.

The plan is to install the HDD back into the C400, boot to the setup partition, and install Windows to the larger partition. I would then move the HDD back to my second laptop and use a special boot CD I have to go in and change the larger partition to the active partition.

The problem is that the setup partition will not boot like the setup CD; I get an NTLDR error. What can I set up on the setup partition that will boot up and start the Windows setup program?

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July 13, 2012 at 07:43:47
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You need to install MS-DOS in the 1GB partition.

Copy over the contents of the Windows XP CD in to the partition.

Boot MS-DOS and run the install:

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July 13, 2012 at 08:51:41
I'd boot to a barts network floppy. You have to have some MS OS on it to start the setup program. The reason I'd use the floppy is to network over to some shared CD drive.

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