Old XP Pro disc (2001) install on new machine


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NickH

Hello. A few years ago (mid-2007) I did an install on my new PC using my old
XP Pro disc. Well one bios flash and several conversations with Intel tech
support for my fried motherboard later and I was informed that the old disc
was problematic for my new machine because it was PCI-Express. At the time I
resolved that problem by installing a newer version of XP Home that had SP2.
So here we are in 2009, I'm building a new machine again, and once again I am
still stuck with my old XP Pro disc which I don't even think has SP1. My
question is, is it possible to obtain a newer disc that has SP2 so I don't
have the same problems again with a botched install because of issues with
PCI-Express, using the license from the disc that I already have? I know
service packs do not cost money and I know I paid good money for my XP Pro
disc with a valid cd key. Is this possible and if so who would I contact
without having to pay $60 for some tech support hotline.
 
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Andrew E.

XP cd 2001,retail copy,is still a good cd..PCI-Express drivers may not be
on it but xp should still install because youre installing in DOS (booting to
xp cd)..Also,if one wanted to,you could install SP2 to the xp cd with a 3rd
party software..Also,even the latest xp cd with the latest SP will/would
still
show up as v2001
 
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NickH

Well yes it's good it still installs I'm sure but I don't want issues. I
don't believe the disc is rewritable so I'm not sure what you mean by
'install SP2' to the xp cd with 3rd party software. Can you elaborate on that
for me?
 
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Mike Hall - MVP

NickH said:
Well yes it's good it still installs I'm sure but I don't want issues. I
don't believe the disc is rewritable so I'm not sure what you mean by
'install SP2' to the xp cd with 3rd party software. Can you elaborate on
that
for me?

You need to use a program like nLite to slipstream SP3..

This is what you do..

Download nLite..
http://www.nliteos.com/

Download SP3..
http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/windows-xp-service-pack-3.html

Create a folder on your hard drive because you will need some easily
identifiable workspace ..

Run nLite.. the two functions you will use are

1. slipstream the service pack
2. create a bootable ISO

At the end of the process, you should have a bootable image..

Double click on the new image and your burning program should pick it up and
produce a working XP CD c/w SP3..
 
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David B.

If the installation completes with no issues, then your creating a problem
where there is none, just install the latest SP after installation.
 
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NickH

OK so I went ahead the install using the old disc. Installed SP2 then SP3 and
latest updates... and now my 1.5TB hard drive is only showing as 127
GB........
 
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NickH

Additionally, when I look at 'Disk Management' it shows 1 partition (C:)
Basic NTFS Healthy 127.99 GB and then another box on the right 1269.27 GB
Unallocated. I ran HD Tune and did a quick Error Scan and it came up with no
errors on any of the blocks.
 
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John John - MVP

There is nothing wrong with the disk or with the Windows installation.
The problem is that Windows XP without any service packs does not
support 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) so it cannot create or
access drives above the 137GB barrier (128GB binary), the setup program
creates a drive of the maximum size that it can and it leaves the
remaining disk space as unallocated. Now that you have installed the
service pack you can create another drive with the unallocated space.
The built-in Disk Management tool cannot extend the existing partition
without first deleting it, if you want to extend the partition to use
the full disk you will have to use a third party partitioning utility.

John
 
S

Shenan Stanley

<snipped>
OK so I went ahead the install using the old disc. Installed SP2
then SP3 and latest updates... and now my 1.5TB hard drive is only
showing as 127 GB.
Yep.

If you had mentioned the 1.5TB drive earlier - someone would have told you
to integrate SP1a (at least) into your installation media. Pre-SP1 Windows
XP could not understand the 48-bit LBA addressing used for drives larger
than 127GB, so unless you did some partitioning, you did not get all of your
drive.

How to enable 48-bit Logical Block Addressing support for ATAPI disk drives
in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013

However - you can open disk management now and create more partitions - I
figure. You could make one that takes up the rest of your 1.5TB (which
should be about 1269.95GB.)

Another option... Integrate SP3 into your installation media and do your
installation over.
 
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NickH

Well it appears you don't get it. Even if installtion is successful there can
still be issues which is EXACTLY what I had on my previous motherboard
install and then BIOS flash as I already desrcribed. And heres a recent
article describing my exact situation. Oh and guess what, using that same,
well just about- (D975XBX2-KR) Intel motherboard.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ask_doctor/job_nlite
 
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