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Reinstalling XP w/SP2

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dbliss7, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. dbliss7

    dbliss7 Thread Starter

    Jul 24, 2005
    Hello everyone. I am very interested in cleaning up my hard drive. I would like to reinstall my Windows XP, and I have taken the steps to integrate Microsoft SP2 with my Operating System Disk - now 4 years old - to make a file called myXPSP2.iso. I did that with AutoStreamer. Now I have the problem that the myXPSP2.iso file is too big to burn onto my CD. It's about 737,732 KB big, and CDs only hold 700,000 KB. I don't have a DVD burner. I've tried zipping the file, but I don't think that will work either.

    I don't want to take the time to do a complete reinstall with XP because of the worms that are out there. It would create more of a mess. Do I just buy a new computer? :confused:

    Let me know what I can do. Has anyone else run into this problem?
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    If it won't fit a CD, something went wrong. XP SP2 fits easily on a CD. Better try again.
  3. Billy the Adult

    Billy the Adult

    Dec 27, 2006
    Yep, Microsoft even handed out free cd's when SP2 first came out. But if you're going to format, why not just download it after you format? If you choose it as a separate download and not bundled with all the others it won't take that long unless you are on dialup.
  4. dbliss7

    dbliss7 Thread Starter

    Jul 24, 2005
    I have SP 2 - I just want to reinstall XP.
  5. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    To reinstall . . enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

    Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:

    These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.


    Immediately after the installation, install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall. Then load drivers (Chipset first) and applications

    If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!


    For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
  6. bbearren


    Jul 14, 2006
    Getting back to your question--

    Something went wrong with your slipstreaming process. The file should not be that big. I have a slipstreamed iso that is 591MB. You need to revisit the slipstreaming process and find out what went wrong there.

  7. klnaj


    Dec 19, 2004
    You can visit this website and it gives you a detail instructions on how to slipstreame window xp service pack 2
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