First a little background with the problem:
A Spanish friend at work has a laptop with the Spanish version of XP Pro SP3 on it. He's recently moved to the UK and wants to get an internet connection at his new place but the ISP is telling him that he needs the UK version of XP (or 2000, Vista etc...)
After a bit of a Google I thought that a repair install (after making an image of his drive in case I fubar it) with my UK Windoze would be worth a try. That way there would be least messing with docs and settings and whatnot (everything's in Spanish and I'm totally lost!)
I extracted his product key, dusted off an XP Pro SP1 disk and slipstreamed XP3 onto it. The disk booted normally but when I navigated past the EULA to the bit where drives and installed OS's are reported, Windoze didn't recognise his XP Pro install - it just reported an NTFS partition. Therefore I didn't get the option to to repair install - just a clean install (which is a bit of a last resort).
I'm stumped! Anyone had success slipstreaming an SP1 CD with SP3? (I'm thinking perhaps I need an XP Pro SP2 CD). Or has anyone tried a repair install with a Windows version from a different country of origin? Would it be worth trying to uninstall his SP3 update? [\clutching straws mode]
He's a nice guy and I'd like to help him out - what with the relocation and a new baby he's flat broke so getting the repair install to work would be sweet.
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance.
Edited by 7point62, 24 January 2010 - 07:29 PM.