Hi John, welcome in our community.
It is disappointing in the first trial to have such unsuccess.
May I inspite of that ask you to try the nativeEx_barebone_075 in my signature.
If that fails, too, there is something strange with your host, which is unknown until now and we have to find.
If that works, that is the first step to 'upgrade' to LiveXP.
(LiveXP is one of the 'doing some work' nativeEx based projects; nativeEx_barebone_075 is a minimized nativeEx project w/o productive apps etc.)
Thanks for your kind thoughts.
Regarding the host, I am actually trying two separate computers to get this running. The desktop is a Celeron 430 running XP with all current updates.
The curious thing is that when I tried the Vista install again on the desktop, it had exactly the same halt on the FltLdr missing key that happened on the laptop. Checking regedit, it also confirms that the item does not exist in my registry.
So trying your barebones install, it also failed on both computers. I'm attaching the log files. Hmm... seems I didn't get one from the desktop, but I have two from the laptop. I forgot about the Run as Admin feature in Vista, so the second one was run as admin.
The good news is that after the LiveXP project failed on the desktop, I ran it again on the laptop, and I was able to get a good LiveXP CD.
The next problem is that the computer I need to work with has a monitor that is limited to 800x600, but the LiveXP CD is setup at 1024x768. Hoping to avoid the mess of moving monitors around, is there a way to setup LiveXP to boot into 800x600? ReactOS boots at 800x600, but it does not behave very well, and it's usefulness is limited (the ISO is only 64MB).