I would appreciate anyone who can help me with my installation problem. Back in January 2001, I ordered a Dell desktop computer with XP Home on it. This was only a couple of months after XP was launched I believe. In any case, the installation CD had no service packs yet. This is important. I have the first Epson color printer that Epson made. The drivers loaded onto the computer just fine and I have been using the printer even though I added the various XP downloads including SP1 and SP2. Unfortunately, I had a printer problem with another printer which was caused by the operating system. I worked with MS technical for about 11 hours over several days. The bottom line was that they could not fix the problem and suggested I reinstall XP and start over. I could not do that at that time. While trying to fix my printer problem, MS had me delete my Epson printer files as well. But when I went back to install them, I was not able to. In talking to MS and Epson technical departments, because of all the download fixes and service packs, the Epson driver (Windows 95) were no longer able to be installed. Again, I would have to reinstall XP.
2 years later bring us to now. I have just ordered a new computer with Windows XP SP2 (earliest edition I could get) but not loaded. My thought was to load my old original XP CD that had no service packs and could use my Epson printer again. Unfortunately, for some reason, the original CD was not able to be loaded. Windows setup kept stopping after it loaded all the files. So I noticed that my new CD SP2 was identical to my old one except for that the new CD had a folder called Service Pack. I investigated the folder and the 4 files were all connected with the service pack. I had a great idea. I copied the new CD files onto my hard drive and then pasted them all except the SP folder onto a CD and tried to run that for my installation. The CD was rejected and I rationalized that MS probably protected the CD from people that might make copied to sell. OK, I had a second great idea. I tried to cut the SP folder from the MS CD but was unable to do that as I was denied access.
So, here I am. Does anyone know how I can load my CD without the SP2 folder? I did have a thought of calling MS and seeing if I can purchase a new CD with zero service packs like I had for my other computer but I have a feeling I will not be able to as MS has stopped selling directly XP discs with even SP3.