Windows XP Install ISOs
BIOS SetupEnsure 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). Modern 2018+ UEFI BIOSes may block access to internal disks when you MBR\Legacy boot from them - there is no way around this.
Note: Windows Setup will indicate what drive letter it will assign to each partition when you select one of the partitions to install to. If you want to ensure that the XP partition boots as drive C:, then ensure the Active (boot) flag is set on that Primary partition and it is the first hard disk in the system. You can use a disk utility such as Diskpart to make the correct partition the Active partition (or use the grub4dos prompt and the makeactive command - e.g. makeactive (hd1,1) will make the first internal hard disk's second partition active, because the E2B USB drive will be hd0 under grub4dos).
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+)
During Setup, you can use various function keys to activate certain features and commands. The following list details the current 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
- 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.