Windows XP Install ISOs
Use the E2B+DPMS version of Easy2BootAn unmodified, original Microsoft XP SP3 ISO will only be able to install to an IDE drive in the target system because Microsoft XP Install ISOs only support IDE-based systems. However, if you are using E2B+DPMS (E2B with the 32-bit Mass Storage Driver Pack added), then you can install from an XP 32-bit Install ISO onto most IDE/SATA/RAID/SCSI systems (systems aged up to approx 2015 only - XP drivers for new systems are not available).
- Ensure your BIOS is set for CSM\Legacy booting if you have a modern UEFI BIOS.
- Set the Internal Hard Disk mode to AHCI (not RAID). You may need to change the USB option to EHCI - USB2 (disable XHCI).
- Some modern 2018+ UEFI BIOSes may block access to internal disks when you MBR\Legacy boot from them - there is no way around this - you cannot boot DOS or XP from internal HDDs on these newer systems.Tip: NEVER set the USB drive as the first boot device in the BIOS Setup menu. The first boot device should always be set to the internal hard disk that is the system's boot device - otherwise an Operating System may install boot code onto the E2B USB drive instead of the internal disk! Always use the BIOS Boot selection pop-up menu to boot from the E2B USB drive.
Possible Errors'STOP: 0x000000A5' error - to fix this, when Setup prompts you to press F6 to install drivers, press the F7 key instead.'STOP: 0x0000007E ACPI.SYS' error - press F5 instead of F6 and select a different option - also disable ACPI in BIOS settings and update BIOS version.Black blank screen when running XP Setup Step 1 - add 'set E820=0' to your MyE2B.cfg file to fix buggy Dell BIOSes (E2B v1.B0+)'STOP: 0x0000007B' on IDE systems. NTDETECT.COM (e.g. some Dell PCs, ThinkPads or 865GV chipset) - replace ntdetect.com in the ISO with a patched version from here. Problem is caused because it resets the USB controller and so loses access to the USB drive.
'Secret' XP Setup Function Keys
During Setup, you can use various function keys to activate certain features and commands. The following list details the functions keys, what they do, and when you can use them.
Three keys can be used when Setup is loading and when you are prompted to press the F6 function key to install third-party small computer system interface (SCSI) and host controller drivers:
- F5 - For computer type or hardware abstraction layer (HAL) selection (may fix power-off issues during Setup.exe - Step 1)
- F6 - To install third-party SCSI and host controller drivers
- F7 - To run Setup without Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen is displayed, the following function keys can be used:
- F2 - To automatically start the Automated System Recovery (ASR) process.
- F10 - To bypass the menu screens and to load the Recovery Console
During graphical user interface (GUI)-Mode Setup, the following function keys can be used:
- SHIFT+F10 - To enable access to a command prompt during GUI-Mode Setup
- SHIFT+F11 - To display "old-style" wizards that give more detail
If it is 64-bit Windows XP, ensure that the numbers '64' are used in it's name - this will suppress the DPMS feature (so works with IDE systems only - DPMS only works for 32-bit XP)
1. Windows XP Installs in two steps using E2B+DPMS (driver pack mass storage files)
2. Windows XP 64-bit installs using the F6 method
2. Choose from the list of XP ISOs.
3. You will see some instructions about pressing F6 - on some systems pressing F6 during Windows XP Setup is not necessary. So try without pressing F6 first.
32-bit XP - If you get a BSOD in Step 1 or XP cannot detect your internal hard drive, then reboot and press F6 and select FiraDisk32+WinVBlock32. If you have a system which uses a SATA AHCI HDD controller, also add that driver too (if it is present). See here for a list of AHCI drivers included with the F6 XP install process used in E2B. You can identify your AHCI controller using the List Disk Controller PCI IDs [L] menu.
64-bit XP - select 64-bit FiraDisk driver after pressing F6. See Tutorial 30 for how XP ISO installs work using FiraDisk, etc.
5. Reboot back to the E2B USB drive (do NOT allow the computer to boot from the internal HDD). Select Ctrl-I and Alt+2 for Step 2.
6. The system should now boot from the internal HDD and continue the GUI Setup phase of the XP install. It may be necessary to confirm the loading of some drivers during this phase.
7. Once XP has been fully installed, you can delete the storage drivers which show up as errors in Device Manager and then install all drivers for your hardware in the usual way.
3. Tablet PC and Media Center Edition
4. XP ISOs using $OEM$ folder
See here for more details.
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