I feel as if I've read just about every resource over the last few days regarding XP from USB installs and I now have a C: root full of various tools and a small pile of USB flash drives, SD cards and an external USB HDD to my name... and only just got the PC to start to play ball.
A little history and info:
I've got an Acer Revo R3600 which came supplied with just a lite Linux quickboot OS.
Following various guides and using a range of software tools (created both from a Vista machine and an XPSP3 machine) I continually got NTLDR missing errors at which point I suspected the media I was using.
So today I got a Kingston Datatraveller 4GB (I'd read on a forum that someone had success with one of these) and tried again using RMPrepUSB and WinSetupFromUSB with the drive set as a harddisk using NTFS.
So now I'm getting somewhere:
I get to the second option screen and choose part 1. I get the windows blue screen with the grey bar at the bottom with F6 for RAID, etc then it loads kernell debugger, AHCI drivers etc, but then suddenly stops and restarts.
It comes back to the second option screen where it has already highlighted Part2. When I select this I get the ever popular
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll
So I go back to the start and try selecting each of the listed partitions in the list. Each of the disk 0 entries gives the hal.dll error.
Each of the disk 1 entries gives
Windows could not start because of a disk hardware configuration problem, etc, etc
I'm now at a bit of a dead end (and somewhat ragged it must be said!)
Can anyone assist with the next bit?
Oh yeah, I'm using a slipstreamed XPSP2 image