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mattrix

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  1. Oh, I can see now why you recommend grub4dos so strongly. I've investigated setup.exe from the iso root. It is responsible for supplying setuporg.exe and presetup.cmd among other things. So I still think I need to run it at boot. I've got a lot of reading ahead of me. Mostly your links, thankyou for pointing me in the right direction.
  2. So, if I understand correctly, if I start attached to another computer, then the setup.exe in the root of the ISO will NEVER get executed? Will winnt32.exe give me any different final result, than starting the install from DOS with winnt.exe? The old OS is irrelevant, it is nothing more than what format /s does. I'm used to windows shenanigans with drive letters and think I can get around them. So if I install from DOS then no grub4dos is needed? grub4dos is only needed if I am going to try and boot the install partition as if it were a CD. Or am I missing something? I will still look into the USB route, from the link you provided, thanks.
  3. The version I'm trying to install does some customisations before the XP install starts. I can manage the install using winnt.exe but the customisations are missing and I get errors trying to locate certain files. This is not a 'plain' install. I haven't tested the USB yet. I don't know what software to use, that will run on XP. Ventoy looks good but there are reports that it fails installing XP. Several other candidates report the same. I can connect it to another PC but I've never done an install this way. I'd be scared the install would blindly kill the host OS. Besides I would have to run setup.exe not winnt32. Tricking it into thinking it was booted from a CD seems a good idea. I am reading the threads you pointed to. Thank you for your help.
  4. @jaclaz sorry I wasn't clear. I want to install XP on a target machine has no floppy and no working CD drive. The installer expects the CD it came on to be booted. I wasn't sure if loading and executing the .img file was the same as booting the CD, but I figured if it was someone would have written something to do it, but I couldn't find it. I didn't think of grub as being able to chainload the .img file. I don't know much about grud4dos so your advse is much appreciated. Partitions are the first has Win98 DOS startup to command.com and the last partition has the XP installer, unpacked. I can move the HDD to another computer to transfer files and create and delete partitions. PS If I don't know how a CD boots then I don't know what I have to acheive. But a howto would be nice too! thank you
  5. Not such a stupid question. I imagine the bios sees that it is to start a CD, locates the .img file in the [boot] directory, copies that to memory and executes it. Is there a little program where by you boot to DOS, change to the directory that is the root of the CD files, run the program and it boots the CD files as if they were on the CD? Doesn't seem too difficult. My situation is I have a HDD with several partitions, the first has Win98 DOS startup (eqiv of bDos, dos.sys, command.com) and I have copied an XP installer to the last partition. This installer does a bit of customizing that won't start from DOS.
  6. Hello everyone, I've been using XP for over 12 years and have not had to fiddle with it much all that time, ... Until now. It has finally decided that some software that it has aquired doesn't agree with it. It has been so long since I had to play with OS's that I have forgotten all the techniques and tricks to re-install it successfully. But thats what I think I'm going to have to do. So I've come here to get some advice on how to proceed.
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