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biosinfo.inf error when installing XP from flash drive

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I have an Asus Eee 901 PC but due to the small primary HDD, along with performance issues, I made the decision to install an nlited XP install, which must be installed from a flash drive having no CD.
I have worked through the following tutorials:
http://www.eeeguides.com/2007/12/this-tutorial-will-show-you-how-to-slim.html  and
http://www.eeeguides.com/2007/11/installing-windows-xp-from-usb-thumb.html
The guides make use of nlite and PeToUSB, USB_prep8 and bootsect, all of which were reported to have been completed successfully.
When I boot from the memory stick, I get the option to choose "text mode setup" as per the tutorial but immediately after making the choice I get the error: "file \$win_nt$.~bt\biosinfo.inf could not be loaded.  The error code is 14".
From what I have read, the install should not be looking there for the biosinfo.inf, but after trawling the internet and reading lots that I don't think is relevant anyway, I have decided that it is time to get help.
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What XP version are you trying to install? If I'm not mistaken the biosinfo file is usually used with OEM XP Versions which are bound to the PC manufacturer of that OEM version like DELL, HP etc. If you have made your nliteos XP CD from such an OEM version, then that is probably why you are having this issue. Get a standard version of XP, or an OEM version that is not yet bound to a certain manufacturer.
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Wow!  Great answer.
You're right - it is an OEM version that I was installing.  I thought that if I was to go to the effort of re-installing and nlitiing, I might aswel do it with XP Pro so that I can connect to a domain.  Note that the OEM version was not bundled by a manufacturer and was unused following the death of a laptop.
I will try again either with boxed XP pro or simply XP home off the Asus Eee disk and will let you know the outcome.
Thanks and regards
Craig
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Hi Rindi
I thought I had a boxed version of XP Pro available to me but unfortunately not (I have retail XP Pro media but the only licence that I have not in use is an OEM (not manufacturer specific), and it seems that it is not possible to nlite an installation using the Asus CD - I don't think it is possible to use a restore CD.  
I will therefore try to reduce the footprint of the existing XP home installation without nlite.
Your response seems to be valid and despite not continuing down the nlite route, you have responded with what seems to be a good answer, which has saved me a lot of grief.  Certainly, many of the articles that I had read regarding the error were not relevant to my situation.
With that in mind, I will accept your solution as being the "accepted solution" for the full points.
Thank you for your quick response
Regards
Craig
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Your welcome
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Due to your response, I have not continued with trying to resolve this issue and am therefore not in a position to verify your answer.  However, it sounds very plausible, and I am happy to have such expert advice - I would never have considered the problem to be due to OEM software.
Thanks again
Craig
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