How to Fresh Install Win XP (Step-by-Step Guide)

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#271 Post by winslow » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:30 pm

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winslow wrote:I know I'm missing something here but what is the sense of all this when one of the steps requires you to purchase a copy of windows??
It doesn't. Where do you see that? I am not going to read all of this again to find it.

FYI, there are different ways to do this. The OP of this thread outlined a method that does not require one to purchase a copy of Windows. The disc is made from the files already existing on the ThinkPad that has a copy of Windows installed. The OP and others wish to have a clean copy Windows installed without the IBM/Lenovo add-ons (except for necessary drivers).
Step number 5 says to download windows xp package with three links. One link is dead, one link is inaccessable, and the third brings you to a web site that sells the package.
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#272 Post by GomJabbar » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:45 pm

I am not going to read through 270 replies to find step 5. Quote the relevant post.
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#273 Post by winslow » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:36 pm

GomJabbar wrote:I am not going to read through 270 replies to find step 5. Quote the relevant post.
You don't need to read 270 replies. It is located in the link in the original post that outlines the 16 step process. You need to ask UCI_MECH to repair the link to his site where the streamlining proccess is located. Step number 5 says to download the windows xp package with three links where the package presumably can be found. One link is dead, one link is inaccessable, and the third link takes you to a cite where it may be purchased. I was just curious as to why would you go through the 16 step proccess when you can just purchase a copy of windows for the same price then just download the thinkpad drivers?
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#274 Post by GomJabbar » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:05 pm

I do not know what you are reading since I get a page not found message in the link of the original post.
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#275 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:38 am

Not wanting to read all those posts either, here is a guide to slipstream XP with SP2
http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm

If you want to re-install XP without having to re-activate it, copy your current c:\windows\system32\wpa.dbl onto a floppy, to another partition, to another HD or to a memory stick.
Reinstall XP. Boot into the Recovery Console and copy that saved file back to c:\windows\system32
That is all.
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#276 Post by winslow » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:14 pm

GomJabbar wrote:I do not know what you are reading since I get a page not found message in the link of the original post.
I think the intent was to link to a page where you could download a wxp.zip file (for free?), but the only link that worked took you here:
http://www.cheetahcomputer.com/default. ... xp+package

I think I found the intended zip file elsewhere.
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Anyone successfully done this?

#277 Post by winslow » Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:14 am

Ok I followed the directions now I have an iso image 541,440KB. Does that sound like the right size?
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#278 Post by GomJabbar » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:10 am

The image retrieved from the Windows XP disc is called: Microsoft Corporation.img. This file is 2 Kb. I used IsoBuster to extract this image. www.isobuster.com

As far as the iso image for the entire XP CD, that may be about the size you are describing.

I used the information from the following two articles to make a slipstream disc for a desktop PC. This is not exactly the same as what the Sticky is all about, but some of the same steps do apply. The part about updating the the files in the Windows folder (where you are building the CD file structure) with SP2, didn't work with Maximum Pc's solution for me. I had to use the solution I found in PC Magazine for this. But generally I used Maximum PC's solution, with parts of PC Magazine's solution thown in.

http://www.maximumpc.com/2005/01/how_to_slipstre.html

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1838607,00.asp
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#279 Post by winslow » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:58 am

Is it possible to use the slipstreamed CD burned from one computer to load windows XP on another computer (providing of course the second computer has a COA for Windows XP and is a factory install?
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Why the install of old drivers first?

#280 Post by AndyKH » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:07 am

I must admit that I haven't read through all the posts, so sorry if it has been answered already:

But, why is the guide instructing you to install the old drivers first? As I see it, the only driver that needs to installed before installing the newest drivers directly from the internet (apart from the chipset driver) is the network driver.

So why the advise of installing old drivers first?

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#281 Post by GomJabbar » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:29 am

winslow wrote:Is it possible to use the slipstreamed CD burned from one computer to load windows XP on another computer (providing of course the second computer has a COA for Windows XP and is a factory install?
For a ThinkPad this should work with a Windows XP OEM CD. You use the product key from the sticker on the bottom of the ThinkPad. You will have to activate Windows after the install. AFAIK, a Windows XP Retail or Upgrade CD will not accept the product key from the bottom of the ThinkPad.
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Re: Why the install of old drivers first?

#282 Post by GomJabbar » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:32 pm

AndyKH wrote:But, why is the guide instructing you to install the old drivers first?
If you have kept your ThinkPad up-to-date driver wise, then those drivers will be located in subdirectories of C:\DRIVERS\. All the original drivers and software (such as WinDVD and RecordNow!) that shipped with your ThinkPad will be in subdirectories C:\IBMTOOLS\. By running Software Installer after installing Windows and the above directories, you will have your ThinkPad as up-to-date as when the Fresh Install CD was made. Admittedly, you will have two versions of many of the drivers on your hard drive, but Software Installer should pick the latest version. With Software Installer you always have the option to skip each software/driver package for installation. If you know there are newer versions available, you could download and install them instead. Note that when you download driver packages from Lenovo's site and run them, they extract themselves to subdirectories of C:\DRIVERS\. HTH
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#283 Post by chardos » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:51 pm

Link is dead from original post. Anyone have an updated link or can provide the same set of instructions?

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#284 Post by AndyKH » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:34 am

Look at this web site http://www.supportpcs.co.uk/ quite nice :D.

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#285 Post by fleamourian » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:50 am

I have checked above link but you have to all ready have a Win 2000 boot CD. My laptop originally came with an OEM Keycode for Win 2000 Professional, can I phone IBM for a boot CD? I am currently trying to purchase a copy from eBay.

Edit: IBM no longer supply restore disks for 2000, I will purchase a copy of XP.
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#286 Post by Torque » Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:27 pm

I'm a bit confused here, and haven't been reading the thread (270+ posts)

So this will let me extract XP from the i386 directory and make a clean install with it?
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#287 Post by jroad » Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:31 pm

chardos wrote:Link is dead from original post. Anyone have an updated link or can provide the same set of instructions?
Here's an archived version:
http://web.archive.org/web/200604231122 ... /index.htm

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#288 Post by xuandao » Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:01 am

i followed the steps.. but then i got to the step where i'm suppose to slipstream the I386 folder, it gives me an error..

http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsX ... ootcd.html

"The service pack cannot be integrated into a destination that also have software Updates."

I own a IBM TP R60 9462-A37

Is there any way around my problem?

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#289 Post by jroad » Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:22 pm

jroad wrote:
chardos wrote:Link is dead from original post. Anyone have an updated link or can provide the same set of instructions?
Here's an archived version:
http://web.archive.org/web/200604231122 ... /index.htm
Since the original guide is no longer available and not maintained, I found an easier alternative and posted my experience of a fresh install on a T42 here:

http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=40445

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#290 Post by bshanner » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:41 am

For me this link doesn't work.

http://www.4saad.com/WhatsNew/Fresh_XP_ ... /index.htm


is the guide somewhere else on the forum?

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#291 Post by dorin » Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:10 pm

i cannot download the Windows XP Package, none of the links work. can you fix as well the arcive to be able to access the screenshots? they're not anymore available, after page 6 or so.

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#292 Post by iuntric » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:48 pm

hi everyone

I’ve tried this method, but during the install of the xp pro I've created from my T42 2373-was + cdrw combo, I received several messages during the install, saying that some files are missing, and that the xp may don't work.

And, for this time, Microsoft was right, it doens't work !!! (the first message I received during the 1st boot was: notskrnl.exe is missing , blablablabla......)


here is the list of the missing files on the cd:

timesi.ttf
admtoolw.chm
eventvwr.msc
merlin.acs
oembios.bin
sceconw.chm
p3.sys
ks.sys
moedm.sys
parport.sys
shell32.sys
wldap32.dll
wdmaud.drv
pjlmon.dll
ndiswio.sys
processr.sys
amdk6.sys
cmstp.exe
hid.dll
jscript.dll
msmbios.sys
nic1394.sys
p2pgasvc.dll
sonydcam.sys
wzcsapi.dll
wsh263.dre
ntoskrnl.exe
ntkrnlpa.exe
mouclass.sys

It may contain some errors, but I believe that somebody could find the BIG mistake I've made.

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#293 Post by jobber » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:39 pm

I'm going to read this entire thread, but im already having problems. I'm trying to build my laptop off a slipstreamed SP2 XP CD. I always get stuck where it wont find any hard drives. I tried downloading some SATA drivers onto a floppy, but it still wont take them. I am using a USB external floppy.

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#294 Post by K0LO » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:38 am

jobber:

See if your laptop has a "Compatibility Mode" setting in the BIOS. Set to "compatible" while you're installing Windows. After you get Windows working, download the driver for your disk and then change the setting back to "AHCI" (or whatever your BIOS calls it) and reboot. Windows should then detect the hardware change and install the driver.
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#295 Post by jobber » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:57 am

you are right.

but all i had to do was change it to compatibility to get my XP install going. I never changed it back... should I??

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#296 Post by K0LO » Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:13 pm

Good question. Here's some "light" reading material:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/20445 ... mode-think
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#297 Post by DeionDavid » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:00 pm

this link is dead =(

is the guide available anywhere else on the web?
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#298 Post by GomJabbar » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:59 pm

DeionDavid wrote:this link is dead =(

is the guide available anywhere else on the web?
See both of jroads posts further up in the page.
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#299 Post by ennma » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:50 am

hello,
is it okay if I put a link to a .rar file containing the pdf of the
step-by-step installation?
I have made a pdf collection and uploaded it onto rapidshare.
let me know.


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Yes please

#300 Post by RaferX » Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:49 pm

I would really appreciate the link/file, providing it's not busying anyone's copyright!

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