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.
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?