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Window XP WINNT.EXE installation problem...


I'm currently struggling to install windows xp tablet edition into my Toshiba M200.
For anyone who doesn't know, this laptop doesn't have any external drive.
It may boot from some few USB CD/DVD drives but I haven't any and don't want to buy any just because of this.

My current problem is the following:
1. I successfully boot the laptop using the PXE protocol.
2. Using an external 2.5HD USB adapter I managed to copy the 2 XP CD's into the laptop's HD.
3. I run the WINNT.EXE file, the process starts copying the files to the HD.
    The screen isn't actually the same that appears when we boot directly from the CD... but close.
4. At the end of the process it tells me to press ENTER key to reboot the machine, and that the Windows Installation will begin then.
5. I do that, the computer reboots but, instead of starting the Windows installation the following DOS message appears:

    Insert system disk in drive.
    Press any key when ready....

6. The files were well copied to the HD drive C: (at least as far I can tell).
7. I got only one 4Gb FAT32 partition on my HD. (out of a 60Gb HD)

I already tried it with Windows XP Server 2003 Standard and the process is exactly the same... same screens, same result.

Why doesn't the installation process continue?????

Many thanks,
Alexandre Simões
Alexandre Simões
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
As long as I know, this is caused by an old Dos format command or probably an Fdisk.com command which can read only the old small hard Drives..

Try to use The same folder's format command, or try to download the format command from any websites to your laptop and then format it again, don't forget when you run the Fdisk that you have to set a master boot drive, Thats in case you have more than one Drive in your system.
Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistAuthor Commented:

tim_qui :
I'm on this for 2 days now... and to reach where I am now beleave me, I think I read all the "M200 how toos..." on the Google search.
I'm actually using this process: http://home.allegiance.tv/~joem298/ to make my laptop boot.
I also thought to replace the .imz file that currently have a DOS boot, by as WinXP image...

moh10ly :
As I said, I connected the laptop's HD to my external USB case for 2.5" HD's.
I made the partition with Partition Magic 8 and formatted it on Windows XP.
I really didn't set it as a master boot drive and that can be it... I'll add the FDisk to the boot and let you know!!


Alex :p
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when you say copied the 2 xp cd on to the lab top
how did you do that ?

have a look where it says iso buster this is used so the xp cd can boot up
Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistAuthor Commented:

davy999 :
I have an USB2 external case for 2.5" HD's.
I took the laptop's HD off and plug it via USB2 to my other laptop... acts like a ordenary Pen Drive.
Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Hi guys... I MADE IT!!
It finally works... and my last problem was just because I didn't had an active partition...
Thanks moh10ly... so many years since I left FDisk behind I completly forgot that detail.


Alex :p
Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Glad it works mate ;)

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