xp pro install CD from i386
Posted on 2012-09-21
I have a Dell Vostro 220 machine on which i want to do a clean install of Windows XP Professional SP3 (the same as is currently running on the machine). I have done all the necessary backups of data, drivers etc. and do not want to do a repair install. The problem is that I have no install CD although I do have the correct product key.
I have tried using the i386 folder and running winnt32.exe to start the install process but cannot use this method to do a clean install as it is not possible to delete the existing xp partition due to it containing the temp files for the install. I also tried creating a new partition and copying the i386 folder to it figuring that the temp files would then be placed on the new partition but it still used the old XP one.
I have two thoughts about how to proceed. One is to create a partition large enough to take a full install of XP using the i386 file. After the install I would then need to delete the old XP partition and return the space to the new one. My only concern with this method is how to ensure that the system looks for the boot.ini file in the correct place after I remove the old XP partition.
The second method would be to somehow create an install disk from the i386 file. I have read articles about how this could be done but am still a little unclear as to the best way to go about it.
I would be very grateful for some expert advice.