I am trying to repair install, a windows xp partition that was made with a dell cd, probably dell win xp pro sp3. The computer i'm working on has some weird problem booting off its internal cd drive, and an external usb cd drive/ But it can boot usb sticks. I downloaded a dell win xp sp3 cd.. but it has no WINNT.EXE (The file one runs when starting windows setup from a DOS partition) I'm wondering if it's normal for a dell windows setup to not have WINNT.EXE As a hack, that didn't work.. I have tried copying the file over (from a regular i386 directory - not dell) but setup says it can't find this or that files. I've tried copying over every file with overwrite-no, using teracopy. So the dell i386 directory has all the files it has plus any files in a regular i386 directory. I have checked myself and teracopy with "beyond compare"(it did it). But straight away setup says it can't copy e.g. something like oemsetup.inf but it's there and copyable, and I can copy it while in a windows installation when I access the disk.