I attempted to create a slipstreamed XP Home SP3 CD for the purpose of formatting and re-installing XP Home, my first ever attempt at doing so. To make a long & GORY story short, I used the tool nLite to create a "slimmed-down" XP reinstall CD--well, I must've "slimmed it down" a bit too much, or the Service Pack 3 download was corrupt, or both, or....???? because when I re-installed the OS there were NUMEROUS issues--no WMI, System Restore would not work correctly, Add/Remove Windows components was not functioning properly...and the list goes on. I had made a second "clean" slipstreamed SP3 CD, all components, no Hotfixes or Win updates, and attempted to use this CD to correct any issues with sfc scannow--no good, apparently even that CD contained corrupt and or missing files. I then attempted to create a 3rd CD by downloading a fresh XP Service Pack 3 and slipstream my base Dell OEM (SP2) re-installation CD when----wait for it---my internal CD RW crapped out on me.
I purchased a standalone CD\DVD Rewriter from BestBuy, (I know, i could've gotten it cheaper online) installed it, burned a fresh slipstreamed SP3 CD and attempted to re-install with this CD. My Bios includes the option to boot from a USB storage device, but when I attempted to do so, there was no "press any key..." prompt on reboot and the system just booted from the HDD. I changed the original "D" drive to "Z", changed the "E" (USB CD\DVD Drive) to "D", and attempted again...no dice. A third attempt, this time as a repair installation was successful, although I needed to keep browsing for needed files (about 2 dozen or so) to the new CD, as I did not label it correctly. What resulted was a clean XP SP3 reinstall, without formatting. Since I had formatted on my previous (Nlite method) install, this was ok as far as I was concerned, I didn't need to re-re-re-install all my progs, docs, drivers...etc. But I did have to manually install about 70 Hotfixes/Updates thru WinDOZE update. The only issues I've noticed after a day or so poking around were these: Secunia PSI kept getting blocked by M$'s DEP, and system beeps on startup (one short followed by 2 long) SFC scannow fixed the PSI problem, I'm still trying to hunt down the cause of the beeps (CD/DVD drive I'm guessing--UN-educacted guess in my case). After some tweaks n-stuff, I am back to where I was originally with about 3gigs added space on my HDD.
Which leads me to this question: Do I need to repair\replace\disable\uninstall driver... the internal CD RW\DVD R drive in order to boot from CD "normally" and\ or have I not setup my USB drive correctly. or....????
Thank you in advance for the anticipated informational reply\replies!
Edit to add specs:
OS: Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Dell Inc. Inspiron 2200
Processor: 1.40 gigahertz Intel Celeron M
Main Circuit Board: Dell Inc. 0U6962 133 mhz
BIOS: Dell Inc. A06 09/18/2005
ST9408114A [Hard drive] (40.01 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 3LE19RR7, SMART Status: Healthy
1272 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Slot 'System Board Memory' has 256 MB
Slot 'DIMM_B' has 1024 MB
Internal Drive: HL-DT-ST CDRW/DVD GCC4244 [Optical drive]
External Drive: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GE24LU20 USB Device [Optical drive]
Edit to add: Upon further googling, it looks like I have 2 main options
1) Repair/replace internal optical drive
2) Create a bootable USB Flash drive.
Edited by Union_Thug, 17 September 2010 - 11:16 PM.