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Setup cannot find the End-User License Agreement (EULA). Setup will not continue.

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Hi, I have a laptop (approx 4 years old) that I would like to rebuild with Windows XP. Easy eh? Well yes, you might think so. One problem, I have no CD drive and the system will not boot via USB. I have been trying to install XP by running the setup from the setup files which I copied over to the HD from a CD using another system. The problem is that I keep getting this error once the XP setup has ran through a basic file copy, rebooted and I attempt to start a fresh Windows XP installation. A plus factor is that I have a floppy drive that works (occasionally).

Setup cannot find the End-User License Agreement (EULA). Setup will not continue.
[F3: Quit]

I have been through the Microsoft articles, but there appears to be a continual dependency on the need for a CD drive on the machine that is being rebuilt.
I have thought about dismantling the Dell Inspiron 2650 and fudging another drive in there as a temporary measure, but my experience of laptop deconstruction has been destructive, so I would rather not. I am using the Windows XP OEM disk that was provided with the laptop. Does anyone have any idea how to by-pass this error?

Cheers,
G

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A couple of options. Create a (small) second partition and copy the disk there, including the autorun files. Should work, as the second partition (D) will appear (more or less) as a CD. Better, if you have XP running and just want to install over it, install Daemon Tools (virtual CD) and copy an iso of the CD to the drive. Create the iso with CloneCD or Nero etc. Mount the image via Daemon and it will be a real CD to the system.

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Hi Chris, thanks for your response, but I have aleady tried running the setup from a partition with the CD content, but am continually getting the 'cannot find EULA' error. Since XP is not running on this machine I am starting from scratch. I did manage to get it going myself though, here's how I did it.

Relocate the HD to another XP host (with CD drive) and piggy-back.
Split the drive into x2 partitions (both formatted as FAT32).
Set 2nd partition as active.
Copy content of XP CD to 2nd partition.
Move HD to another host and use as primary disk.
Boot with CD and run setup.
Mark 1st partition as the target for the OS install, and format with NTFS.
Once the setup has formatted the 1st partition and copied the necessary files it needs over it will request a reboot. Shutdown the machine at this point.
Relocated the HD back to the original host machine (without the CD drive).
Boot with a Win98 floppy bootdisk.
From the command prompt you will only see one partition (the 2nd FAT32 partition). Navigate to \i386 folder and run winnt to setup Windows XP.
Reboot without floppy in drive.
The installation procedure should now proceed as normal, without the EULA prompt.
It is recommended that Windows be installed on the 2nd partition and setup files removed at completion.
Reformat the 1st partition as required once XP is up and running again.

It would appear that by running the setup past the EULA prompt on another host allows for the setup to continue when re-run on the original host, without the EULA prompt.
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Good show. Since you solved it yourself, you should now post a zero point question in Community Support requesting that this question be closed and the points refunded.

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