I have a Sony Vaio laptop for which I've lost the original XP Home OS
installation disc, but windows will no longer boot and needs repair as from
an installation CD. I've tried a Linux-based UBCD, but it refuses to boot.
I have on a backup drive just the i386 folder from the Vaio's original
pre-Service Pack Windows folder, so I made a Windows installation boot CD
with SP3 slipstreamed on to it. This booted OK but then asked me to insert
the disk labeled Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 1 CD into Drive A:, so
I made a new boot cd with the addition of the files WIN51, WIN51IP,
WIN51IP.SP1, WIN51IP.SP2, but I still get the same request. Any idea why, or
what I might try next to get rid of this barrier to repairing XP Home?
Presumably I can't repair this installation with a recent XP Pro
installation disk that I've already used to licence XP on my desktop computer.
If there's no solution directly to my problem, if I temporarily installed
the above XP Pro on another partition of the disk, could I boot to that and
repair the 'proper' XP Home partition by running the installation program
from the XP Home slipstreamed i386 folder and telling it to repair the
(It goes without saying that I'd delete the temporary installation of Pro
once I had the Home partition fixed.)