Win XP Upgrade



Caddyman
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
I have a dell inspiron. I am trying to upgrade from win 98 to winxp. My CD
ROM does not recognize discs very well. So in order to upgrade, I hooked up a
USB External CD-RW Drive. Now, it recognizes the win xp disc, and even will
run through analyzing my laptop. However, when it comes time to restart and
continue the installation, I get the message, "Cannot find CD". So, I took
out the CD ROM, and made the external CD-RW drive the D:. But, it did the
same thing when it restarted. Is there any way to install xp with an external
CD-RW drive? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
Unforunately, not as far as I know. If possible, copy the contents of the I386 folder on the CD to your hard disk. Then run the WINNT32.EXE file in that folder.

--
Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
http://www.dougknox.com
--------------------------------
Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
--------------------------------
Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

"Caddyman" <Caddyman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:2EE761B1-77C0-413D-B501-0379C2AF8874@microsoft.com...
>I have a dell inspiron. I am trying to upgrade from win 98 to winxp. My CD
> ROM does not recognize discs very well. So in order to upgrade, I hooked up a
> USB External CD-RW Drive. Now, it recognizes the win xp disc, and even will
> run through analyzing my laptop. However, when it comes time to restart and
> continue the installation, I get the message, "Cannot find CD". So, I took
> out the CD ROM, and made the external CD-RW drive the D:. But, it did the
> same thing when it restarted. Is there any way to install xp with an external
> CD-RW drive? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

TripleEight
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
"Caddyman" <Caddyman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2EE761B1-77C0-413D-B501-0379C2AF8874@microsoft.com...
>I have a dell inspiron. I am trying to upgrade from win 98 to winxp. My CD
> ROM does not recognize discs very well. So in order to upgrade, I hooked up a
> USB External CD-RW Drive. Now, it recognizes the win xp disc, and even will
> run through analyzing my laptop. However, when it comes time to restart and
> continue the installation, I get the message, "Cannot find CD". So, I took
> out the CD ROM, and made the external CD-RW drive the D:. But, it did the
> same thing when it restarted. Is there any way to install xp with an external
> CD-RW drive? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Sounds like your the USB CDROM needs to be (temporarily) installed before
Windows XP could continue with the installation. Is this the Windows XP upgrade
version?


Win XP Upgrade