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#26 Myk3

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 03:01 PM

Ok i have made progress.. I think all my problems stem from a bad XP source.. I remade my source and i am now able to enter the HDD / Partition selection.

This still kinda does not make sense as the iso i burnt from the old source works normal with all my slipstreams..

I will now try to re make my 2nd partition for my DOS partition.. I will post with my results

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:27 PM

Ok so everything is working normal.. can i boot to my 2nd partition using the grub4dos? This is a Dos partition..

Can i use the command


root (hd1,1)
chainloader (hd1,1)/io.sys

EDIT:

I got it working

root (hd0,1)
chainloader (hd0,1)/io.sys

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:52 PM

Ok so i got everything working.. Thanks for all the help

Now is there a "easy" way to upgrade the install??? Like with added AHCI drivers or anything?

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 11:40 PM

Ok it works.. Is there anything specail that needs to be done to get the applications in the "INSTALL_PRGS" & "INSTALL_PRGS_WPI" to actually install?

Also is there a way to make the boot.ini on the system not have the option for USB recovery console?

I changed the option in the scripts (Option R) to NO and it still applied the USB recovery on the client system on boot. I can manually change the BOOT.ini but if there is a easier way..

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 03:51 AM

Nice to hear that you have everything working now.

Just launch WPI.hta manually After XP setup has completed.
Just edit boot.ini to remove USB-Repair Boot Option if you wish.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:24 PM

Just wondering on my post.. #47

Ok so i got everything working.. Thanks for all the help

Now is there a "easy" way to upgrade the install??? Like with added AHCI drivers or anything?


No answers yet..

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:41 PM

No answers yet..

I have used Total Commander For Update of Existing USB-Drive with Updated XP Source.
Total Commander Synchronize Dirs in Asymmetric mode is very useful and
is described in Help_TotalCom.txt file in Help_Info folder.

I don't know if that is what you mean ?

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:31 PM

I have used Total Commander For Update of Existing USB-Drive with Updated XP Source.
Total Commander Synchronize Dirs in Asymmetric mode is very useful and
is described in Help_TotalCom.txt file in Help_Info folder.

I don't know if that is what you mean ?


I believe this is what Iwanted..

Could i use robocopy as another option as TC is not free?

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 07:18 AM

Could i use robocopy as another option as TC is not free?

You can try this or Use KillCopy and copy YourSource\I386(and AMD64 for x64) to
USB disk\$WIN_NT$.~LS\ telling it to skip all existing files.
http://killprog.naro.../killcopye.html

You can use KillCopy from R-mouse on Folder gives Context Menu

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 03:42 AM

I had a weired problem today.. I have a working thumbdrive and have successfully used it install xp on another unit.. now saying that i used it yesterday and i got a error when i went to pick the partition i was going to install to.. I don't have the exact error but the gist of it is..

"This is not a valid partition to install xp to, please press enter to go back and pick a valid partition"
Now this was a NTFS volume at 75GB. I booted from a .iso i made from the same source as my drive and it found it normal and worked normal.. I am not sure if anyone has seen this before or not..

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:39 AM

"This is not a valid partition to install xp to, please press enter to go back and pick a valid partition"

Most probably you tried to Install XP on a Logical Drive of the Extended Partition.
You can only Install XP on a Active Primary Partition. :huh:
Have a look first with XP Disk Manager (R-mouse on My Computer) and look at the Partition Properties.
You can also launch XP Disk Manager by Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:50 PM

But... I never changed the partitions using the disk.. I booted from the cd and it allowed me to use this partition..

Is it possible since my pc has multiple hdds?

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 09:35 AM

@Myk3

Pardon me, but you seem to be lacking the "basic" knowledge about type of partitions, you may want to read this:
http://www.ranish.com/part/primer.htm
first thing.

:huh:

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 10:53 AM

You can only Install XP on a Active Primary Partition.


Just to add that I can boot XP from logical partition using grub4dos, and I got C: as system drive without any problem.
The logical partition has been restored from Acronis True Image that has an option to set the restored partition as logical or primary or primary active one, regardless the partition type of the original (backuped) partition.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:34 PM

This makes no sense.. I never changed the partition layout from when trying to load xp from the thumb drive or from the CD. I got the error when trying from the thumb drive but not with the cd... This tells me my partitions were correct.. since they never changed between the 2 ways of trying to load the drive..

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 07:39 PM

The difference between OK Install from CD and NO Install from USB-stick on the same partition is indeed strange.
Can you give a ScreenShot of the Partitioning of your harddisk as Viewed in Disk Manager.

What is the Drive Letter of the for Install of XP Selected Partition as Shown in the Partition List in TXT Mode Setup
for both cases of Install of XP ?
And what was the Drive Letter of the USB-stick in TXT Mode Setup Partition List ?

#42 Myk3

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 03:28 AM

is there a way to take a screen shot? or will i need to use a camera?

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 05:37 AM

  • Boot as normal with XP
  • Launch XP Disk Manager by Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc
  • Enlarge Disk Manager Window sufficiently and Press [Alt][Print Scrn]
  • Start > All Programs > Desk Accessories > Paint
  • Paste your image in Paint and Save As FileType .jpg

For the Partition List in TXT Mode Setup you can use a Digital Camera if available.

Alternatively you can also try to use USB_XP_Setup.cmd which is in my opinion a better approach,
is less sensitive to Errors and corresponds very well to Install of XP from CD.
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=5306

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:53 PM

I know you can use WPI to install apps.. Can you use runonce, via cmdlines.txt loading from usb flash?

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 02:31 PM

$OEM$ Folder is used to specify UserAccounts and Registry Tweaks used during XP setup.

If your XP Setup Source CD does NOT contain such $OEM$ Folder,
then the in USB_MultiBoot_10 folder supplied $OEM$_UserXP Folder will be used,
unless you specify to Use All Setup Parameters from XPSOURCE (case of nLite),
and in that case $OEM$ path is SET to USB_MultiBoot_10\$OEM$_X folder (which is Empty).

So have first a look at what folders are present or absent in USB_MultiBoot_10

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:00 AM

So is it possible to use the cmdlines.txt in the $oem$ folder? I have my cd version setup to run the files from the CD, instead of copying them to the HDD before installing.. Can i keep this same method? or a similar method?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:01 AM

I know you can use WPI to install apps.. Can you use runonce, via cmdlines.txt loading from usb flash?

I am using WPI running direct from usb flash,
so that is OK, but I launch WPI manually after XP Setup has completed and missing Drivers are Installed.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:04 PM

right I understand using WPI is possible (it is what i am currently using from the flash disk) But i wanna know can I install apps automatically via the runonce? So loading XP from CD ( there is a install of apps automatically) Can this be done using runonce from the flash disk? I know I can use the WPI.

Just for reference

http://unattended.ms...xp/view/web/14/

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:33 PM

I cannot tell you ...

Have a try and tell us the result.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:18 PM

I will see what I come up with and let you know..

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