The OEM version or retail version of Windows has nothing to do with whether Windows is going to ask you for the CD at any point. All versions of XP copy the install files over to the HDD so that if you make an OS change, it's not going to ask for the CD. Been that way since Win2000.Originally Posted by ElKeeed
Frankly, wizardPC has the simplest solution to jasondavis' original problem.
Here's my take:
jasondavis has a PC with a brand-new hard drive. It's not partitioned or formatted. He has a USB key with the WinXP install files on it, I believe.
That's a great start, except you'd beed some way to boot to the HDD and load drivers to read the USB key. That needs a boot floppy or boot CD, but he's got no drive.
Easy solution: temporarily hook up a CDROM drive, then remove it once Windoze is fully loaded.