[kwlug-disc] FreeDOS

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Fri May 29 11:34:29 EDT 2009

Sorry for replying to myself (Hi me!), but another thought occurs...

If this is just for personal use, and you have some time to play about, move
the HDD to another computer and install Windows Tablet edition.  Then
transfer it back over and let it boot.  Worse case scenario; you end up
where you are now.  More than likely you might just have a semi-working XP
tablet.  At that point, assuming you have USB and a key, you can install the
correct drivers.

Windows doesn't always like all the hardware changing, but I've had it
survive such transitions in the past.

On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:

> They still have it for XP.  It's called sysprep.  It will basically allow
> someone to install Windows in full, test it, then return it to a
> non-activated state for the end user.  I can't recall if it 'strips' out the
> drivers and lets XP rescan the hardware...  I used to used it when deploying
> images to machines.
> On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM, <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:
>> kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org wrote on 05/29/2009 10:23:06 AM:
>> > I was fighting with a similar problem last night on different hardware.
>> >
>> > I came across this on installing ubuntu from different media - including
>> > hard drive:
>> >
>> > http://news.softpedia.com/news/Alternative-Installation-Methods-for-
>> > Hardy-86977.shtml
>> >
>> > Short version:  Install ubuntu(server?) on the hard drive leaving an
>> > extra partition big enough to copy your iso into then adjust grub to
>> > point at the disk-based iso installer.  Put the drive back in your
>> > tablet and boot to the Winstaller.
>> >
>> > Advantage:  grub is going to work without fiddling with sys.
>> >
>> > Similar to what you suggested, but without the FreeDOS step.
>> Microsoft used to have an OEM install method for system builders that
>> involved creating a FAT file system and placing OEM drivers on the disk.
>> We never did this because our volume was so low.
>> How about removing the disk, installing elsewhere and doing the first boot
>> on the tablet? If removing the disk isn't an option, you could install on
>> a disk on another PC and image the result to the tablet using a PXE boot.
>> John Van Ostrand
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