the first time you boot to the usb stick you pick the second option "TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until After Login", I did this and formatted my main partition and XP appeared to install without a problem. After that phase of the installation windows restarts the PC, according to the instructions that is when you pick the first option "GUI Mode Setup Windows XP, Continue Setup + Start XP"
when I do this it says system could not start because the following file is corupt
any ideas what could cause that and how I can fix it? im a really tech savy guy but I dont know how to fix this. google searches turned up pretty random results. any advice would be appreciated, thanks
'Worked great for me thank you. I did have an issue at first with it saying, hal.dll is missing or corrupt. Stumped me for a while as the dll was there and fine. Twigged after a while, windows had tried to create a duel boot in the boot.ini file which is located at the very root of your windows installation, so normally C:\boot.ini. Go in there and remove the line which isnt "\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"'
any ideas on how to do that? the boot.ini on the memory stick doesnt even have that line in it
Edit: Whoops, nevermind, this is a netbook. I didn't know Gateway made them.
Anyway, you're not looking for the boot.ini on the stick - you're looking for the one on the netbook's hard disk. The only way I would think you could find it is to use a Live linux distribution that you can boot from a flash drive. Or remove the hard disk and use another computer to edit it.
In my case, the problem was caused because I didn't want to delete the other partition on the drive -- the 10-Gig "D" drive that contains all the information to restore the system to factory defaults -- vista and the cheap crappy office software that came with it.
The problem is that when you delete the Vista partition and repartition the empty space, your new XP partition is not partition 1, it's partition 2.
But the boot.ini on my USB drive expected the new windows install to be on partition 1. The boot.ini file starts out like this: