All credit for this article goes to CompHell
. I am simply showing what I did with screenshots, and clarifying his work. Windows Fundementals for Legacy PCs is a version of Windows designed for older computers. It is basically a release of Windows XP Embedded. It cannot be installed via MS-DOS, so this makes life difficult, but with the use of another computer ('second computer' as it will be called) running Windows XP Professional, we can get it going.
Ok, let's get started. First, you need to connect your Libretto hard disk to your second computer. This can be done with a USB -> Laptop IDE converter (as pictured below), or a Laptop IDE -> IDE converter (which can be connected to the internal IDE bus of the second computer). My second computer was my trusty HP Compaq nc4000 laptop.
Now that you have connected the hard disk to the second computer, go to start, run, and type in
and hit OK. Now browse to Disk Management, and wait until you can see partition layouts for all the disks in the system, including the Libretto hard disk. Delete all the partitions on the Libretto hard disk. Create a new primary partition of around 1.5GB, and format it as FAT32. Create a new extended partition in the entire unallocated space, and create a new logical drive in the extended partition. NOTE: On second thoughts, you might need to create a Primary partition instead, so you would end up with two primary partitions. Would someone let me know which way they used, and if it worked for them.
Don't bother formatting it yet. Now the next step is VERY important. Right click the primary 1.5GB partition, and click 'Mark Partition as Active'. My picture below shows the Libretto hard disk (Disk 1) and the partitioning structure. Note: You may end up with a bit of unallocated space (7MB), but don't worry about this.
Now open up the WinFLP cd, and copy and paste everything into the root of the Libretto hard disk. On the Libretto hard disk, rename the
). Now, copy and paste (don't cut)
) to the root of the disk (e.g.
). Now do the same for the
file. When that has been done, rename the
file, in the root of the disk, to
). This is how the contents of my Libretto hard disk looked after all that:
Now you can unplug your Libretto hard disk, and stick it back into the Libretto and boot!
I didn't go any further than this, as I was only doing this to try and get it working myself. I wasn't really interested in using Windows FLP as I feel Windows 2000 works so well on the Libretto. However, you are not finished yet. According to CompHell, you need to:
- Install WinFLP, selecting which options and parameters you want as usual, but during setup, you should install WinFLP to the second partition by formatting as FAT32, and designating it as the C: drive.
- During the first reboot, remove the Libretto hard disk and connect it to the second computer again
- Copy (from the system disk of the second computer),
ntdetect.com to the root of the Libretto hard disk
boot.ini in the Libretto hard disk using notepad, and adjust to match:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Fundamentals Setup" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Fundamentals for Legacy PC" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
- Put the Libretto hard disk back into the Libretto, boot, and choose the second boot option