Modify HP's Recovery to Install Bare XP OEM OS Only?
Posted on 2005-03-23
Has anyone tried to modify a Windows XP OEM setup to install the bare OS only? I purchased a Pavilion a810n which comes with a boat load of junk preinstalled. I have created the recovery DVDs, deleted all default partitions and created an empty one. I burned a CD with the i386 folder from the recovery with some of the obvious app folders etc stripped out. I started up with a win 98 bootable CD to kick off winnt.exe. It completes the first part of the install but then after it reboots into the 2nd stage it comes up with error: "File \$Win_nt$.~bt\system32\biosinfo.inf could not be loaded. The error code is 14. Setup cannot continue."
So I need to burn a new CD with i386 but wanted to know if anyone knows exactly how to stop all the HP stuff from installing before I try again. All I want is the bare bones OS, no drivers or anything else. There is a boot.img file which is > 80MB which I did not include in my first disk. Presuambly this is to boot into HP's default recovery. I'm not interested in purchasing a retail install. I've already got an XP license so I'm not about to give Microsoft another penny!!