Reinstalling XP with an Alternate Internal HD

March 23, 2011 at 05:00:05
Specs: Windows XP, Celeron 2.50/256DDR
Hi guys, I've got an old Dell Dimension 2350 that a friend recently bought used and I'm trying to wipe the drive to reinstall XP. However, I do not have an installation CD and let's just assume that in this case obtaining a blank CD to burn an ISO onto is not an option.

I already tried installing the Recovery Console using winnt32.exe. It tells me that the version of Windows XP installed is newer than the version on the CD. So I tried to slipstream SP3 in with a copy of the I386 folder to no avail. It tells me that SP3 cannot be integrated into a distribution that already has integrated software updates. After trying, and failing, for 2 days to discover a workaround I'm approaching this from another angle.

I've got a small 8GB internal SATA drive I'm not using at the moment. How can I use it to reinstall Windows? I have a legit copy of the retail XP SP3 CD ISO.

Thanks in advance!

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March 23, 2011 at 06:59:02
Any Dell XP CD will work. You must know someone who has a Dell & still has the CD. If not & you still want to try the SATA drive, try a SATA USB enclosure. Copy the ISO to it & try to boot the machine with it. I don't know if a machine that old will boot from a USB drive.

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March 23, 2011 at 08:47:42
A "legitimate" copy of XP doesn't come as an ISO.

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March 23, 2011 at 12:07:42

Unfortunately, all of my friends with Dells have newer models that run on Vista or Windows 7. Though the machine is old, it's decent for the purposes for which it will be used.


Clearly it does not come as an ISO, that's why I asked a friend of mine in another state to burn a copy from their own installation disk. Does it really matter where the ISO came from? I have a valid license for the software.

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