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    HEXUS.guide: Installing Windows XP

    Installing Windows from scratch for the first time can be a daunting experience. Usually you've just successfully built your first home-made PC and the last thing you need is for the OS installation to slow you down, so here's a guide to what you'll see along the way installing Windows XP.
    http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews...lld19JRD0xMzcz
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    Good guide. But for most intent and purpose, I would think that most people who've built a PC would have no difficulty going through the relatively simple procedures installing Windows
    Its only marginally harder than installing most applications... just more time consuming. IMHO that is.

    But I would like to point out one issue I've encountered when I installed my Windows XP. It appears to me that even SP2 lacks SATA support straight out of the box/CD case. Meaning that for my install (and it appears other people online when I googled the issue), I had to provide a floppy disk with SATA drivers. This is fine and not a big issue, except that my floppy disk is now behaving a bit oddly, and I intend to phase out this venerable storage device on the next PC I build.

    I vaguely remember reading somewhere that you can create your own custom installation CDs (for personal use, of course), to include additional drivers on it. Does anyone know of anything on this matter?

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    TooNice - I have over my time on these forums seen many XP Installation queries so I think it's necessary that we have this guide and those who haven't installed XP before will see a benefit.

    As for 3rd party RAID/ATA/SATA drivers, I have an article on that ready to go too, so you'll see that soon!

    And yes, you can include applications and drivers in the XP install CD just like you can new service packs, something which I may do a writeup on, although it is reasonably well documented already
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kez
    you can include applications and drivers in the XP install CD just like you can new service packs, something which I may do a writeup on, although it is reasonably well documented already
    Yeap theres loads of slipstream guides which show how to include SP2 and SATA drivers onto the CD so you can finally ditch the floppy

    The one I found to be most helpful ( other words it has more pictures ) is the following ;

    http://www.maximumpc.com/2005/01/how_to_slipstre.html

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    Great timing! I am actually have problems with installing XP on my SATA Westeren Digital Raptor.

    I press F6 and can do the first couple of steps, but XP setup then says it cannot find any mass storage devices. I have download and tested the HD with the WD drive tools and it passed all the tests.

    Any suggestions? I tried searching for specific drivers for my HD to load during the install, but could not find any.

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