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Here is the hole thing to do, gathered from the different places. Thanks!
Windows installation guide in pc lacking of cd/dvd drive:
You need an appropriate XP CD. See response 2. Once you have one, If your netbook model DOES NOT have a built in CD or DVD drive:
Install Windows XP without floppy or cd drives. 5 pages. http://www.syschat.com/install-wind... . Requires you get and use an adapter to connect your hard drive to a desktop computer, and some software requirements. Download links 1st post below instructions. The advantage of that is you are running XP's Setup on your own Lifebook p1120 computer.
NOTE that if you don't have and can't borrow a Win 98, 98SE, or ME CD, that there is a valid Product Key you can use with it, then there are obvious links to Dos 7.1 downloads when you scroll down on the pages at that link I pointed to.
In this case you MUST connect the new hard drive to another computer that has a CD drive (that the other computer / operating system recognizes) - either you must get and use an inexpensive adapter as the guy suggests ( I got one for about $12 Canadian - local computer parts places have it for that or less) and connect it internally to a desktop computer, or - you could install your drive in an IDE 2.5" external drive enclosure and connect it via USB to any computer (~$25 and up at local computer parts places if you don't have one - I recommend Vantec). You could use the external drive enclosure for your original drive afterwards. You can do this part either on your computer with it's external floppy drive, or on another computer that has a floppy drive, or use your external floppy drive on another computer.
Boot with a Dos 7.1 bootable floppy (it must have Fdisk, Format, Sys.com, etc. on it), or a Win 98 Startup Disk, or a Win 98SE Startup Disk, or a Win ME Startup Disk. If you haven't made a Win 98 Startup Disk, or a Win 98SE Startup Disk, or a Win ME Startup Disk, you can make one in an existing Windows installation in Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs - Startup disk . The guy left out an important step. You DO NOT use the entire drive's space for the older operating system. You need to install the older operating system on a small partition, at the beginning of the drive, and leave the rest of the drive un-allocated.
Run Fdisk from the floppy. Delete all existing partitions. Make a Primary partition, but DO NOT make it the default maximum size. E.g. a 2 gb partition (2,048mb) is more than big enough for 98SE or ME. Don't bother making another partition.
Now you then need to run Format from the floppy on that partition you made. E.g. type: format C: , press Enter.
NOTE that if the other computer has no FAT32 partitions, then the ONLY partition the floppy disk's Format can find is C, the one on your netbook hard drive - Dos 7.x's, and Win 98's, 98SE's, and ME's Fdisk and Format cannot "see" NTFS partitions. That C drive letter does not refer to the C partition on the other computer if that C partition is NTFS. With the new hard drive connected to a computer with a CD drive the operating system on the computer recognizes.
Boot with the floppy in the legacy or your external floppy drive again, load CD drive support. Install Dos 7.1, or run Setup for 98, or 98SE, or ME on the partition.
- Copy the \I386 folder from Win XP (or 2000) cd onto the laptop hard drive
*probably place this directly on the root of the drive to prevent confusion later.
(only for Dos 7.1; it's built into 98, 98SE, ME)
- find and download smartdrv.exe and copy it to the root directory as well (speeds up dos transfers)
(you may find smardrv.exe is already in the Dos 7.1 installation somewhere -
at the C prompt, type: dir /s smartdrv.exe , press Enter)
*IF you cannot find this file, it is also found on win98 boot disks
Transfer the drive back to your p1120.
Boot the hard drive's Dos 7.1 or 98 or 98SE, or ME operating system.
(only if you installed Dos 7.1)
- run smartdrv.exe (type C:\smartdrv.exe , press Enter, at the command prompt)
( or run it from where ever you found it to be)
- run the 16bit Windows XP installer - type C:\I386\winnt.exe , press Enter, in Dos 7.1,
or run C:\I386\winnt.exe in 98 or 98SE or ME
- now let the laptop sit! Even if it appears to stall, it will continue, some older harddrives do not spin very fast and need time to load (5-10min is not an unreasonable wait
*with smartdrv.exe installed, expect MUCH longer without it!
- follow the Windows installer directions!
(Total time, depending on computer speeds: 1-2hrs - though most of this is waiting for Windows XP to install)
XP or 2000's Setup will detect the un-allocated space on the drive, and you can partition it using NTFS and format it, then Setup will continue.
After XP or 2000's Setup has finished, the next time the computer boots you will have the choice of booting the older operating system, or XP or 2000.
Install the p1120 drivers in XP or 2000.
E.g. available from here: http://driverscollection.com
You can delete the partition the older operating system is on in Disk Management in XP or 2000, then make it a NTFS or FAT or FAT32 partition to store data on, (recommended for a place to backup up important personal data to)
- or - you can delete the older operating system partition and use a third party program, e.g. Partition Logic, to add the unallocated space to the XP or 2000 partition (you can't do that in XP or 2000 itself).
You can then edit boot.ini in XP or 2000 to eliminate the choice of booting from either of 2 operating systems every time you boot.
When XP's Setup has completed, you need to install the drivers for your netbook model that are in the downloads for the model on the brand name's web site.
If you like, you could download those and copy them to a flash drive on the other computer before you load XP on your netbook's hard drive - that way you will have the installation files available even if XP has not installed your network adapter drivers when Setup has finished.
DO NOT install any drivers for any of those when New Hardware pops up in Windows ! Run the installation download files after the main desktop screen has fully loaded.
Also, you need to install a newer IE version, and install SP3 updates if they were not integrated into the XP CD contents.
but I don't have it loaded on any computer, but NOT in IE 6.
XP comes with IE 6.
IE 6 isn't being properly supported by a lot of web pages anymore, in any case. You'll get some nag messages about your IE version not being new enough.
Install IE 8.
NOTE that I think you must have SP3 updates installed BEFORE you install IE 8. See below.
Start up IE 8 - click on a blank area at the top of the page, click on the check mark beside Menu bar to remove the checkmark - the File, Edit, View, etc. line will go away.
If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....
If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch, before you have loaded a lot of other software, because you're unlikely to have any problems while installing the SP3 updates, or any problems after they have been installed, in that case.
Don't install anti-malware software before you install the SP3 updates, especially Norton / Symantec products.
It's perfectly safe to access the web before you have anti-malware software installed, for the site for your mboard manufacturer's or brand name system's web site, and the major main chipset maker's web sites, so that you can get drivers, and to access the Microsoft Update page on the Microsoft site to have it Express search for the updates manually - however, don't randomly search for anything on the web until you HAVE installed anti-malware software .
If your CD has SP2 updates included, you only have to install a few things there at the Microsoft Updates page, then the only thing listed is the SP3 updates.
If your CD has SP1 updates included, or no SP updates included, you have to install more things there, and possibly have to go there several times, THEN the only thing listed is the SP3 updates.
After the SP3 updates have been installed, you can have it Express search for more updates there, or just let Automatic Update do that that gradually.