Re: Windows OEM disk loaded on VirtualBox
I think I might see your problem: did you download just the service pack and not XP itself? If so, then it would account for why you can't boot with it... there is no XP operating system. Just a guess on my part, but you should check it out.
Also, I didn't know till now that you had XP-sp1! Why not just use that to install? After it installs successfully, it will just go online and update itself--first to sp2, then to sp3, along with what seems like a thousand security updates since sp1 was released. You can use your newly purchased OEM license key to activate when you judge that you've got everything set up to your complete satisfaction.
Or am I missing something here?
I just re-checked the MS link, and indeed, it is only the service pack--no operating system. Apologies for sending you on a wild goose chase.
Still curious as to why you can't just use your old XP disk and use the new key though.
Last edited by DuckHook; February 27th, 2013 at 10:44 PM.
Reason: Revision after check
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