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25 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
XP installation query

I know this isn't exactly the right forum to ask this but I'm hoping someone can help me. I want to reinstall XP on my PC but it won't see the partition. Basically once the disk goes through setup process it only sees the c: with a size of 131 odd Gb instead of the partition I created. I know why this is (my XP disk is pre service pack 2) and have found some really good links on how to fix this (Slipstreamed Windows XP CD Using SP2, SP2 Burning Instructions for Roxio) but unfortuneately it involves purchasing software which I can't do.

Does anyone know of a simpler method than lentioned in the above links? It would be a great help.

Thanks


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25 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You dont need any paid software. Use the free functionality of Isobuster to make the slipstreamed bootable CD. Then use CDburnerXP to burn to disk.
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25 Jun 2010   #3

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25 Jun 2010   #4

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I have a question regarding that first link. Can't I download sata drivers off the net and put those on a disk?

Also, during setup when asks for my 3rd party sata drivers can one remove the installation disk and get the sata drivers off another disk then put the installation disk back in?

If yes to both then that would be way easier than creating that slipstream XP disk, right?
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25 Jun 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
I have a question regarding that first link. Can't I download sata drivers off the net and put those on a disk?

Also, during setup when asks for my 3rd party sata drivers can one remove the installation disk and get the sata drivers off another disk then put the installation disk back in?

If yes to both then that would be way easier than creating that slipstream XP disk, right?
A. 1) Yes, do you now what Sata controller it is?

A. 2) No, floppy disk only.
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25 Jun 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Yes, do you now what Sata controller it is?
Not a clue...
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25 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Trying the nlite way but cannot find inf file. Where/what is that?
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25 Jun 2010   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Trying the nlite way but cannot find inf file. Where/what is that?
You need the Sata controller drivers.

Do you now the make & model of PC?
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25 Jun 2010   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Do you now the make & model of PC?
Check out my system specs. I downloaded SATA drivers from here ---> Acer Aspire 7720/7720G/7720Z/7720ZG drivers and software | Laptop Software

Basically it was a zipped folder containing two other zipped folders, one for 32bit and one for 64bit I assume.
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25 Jun 2010   #10

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