Good , though it seems to me like what you did is more like throwing yourself into a mud pond (dressed).
Anyway, for Jaclaz, I did get my hands dirty.
Let's see if we can help.
The tutorial #30 on RMPREPUSB site is about using a F6 floppy with the drivers (text mode).
If you don't have them, (if I get it right) it won't be of use.
The WinsetupfromUSB instead is about having the appropriate drivers integrated.
Somethng got "wrong" (from the screenshots you posted) with the actual USB stick formatting or your BIOS somehow re-mapped in a strange manner the device/images.
Start again with WinSetpFromUSB.
Using it you should use RMPREPUSB to ONLY format the USB stick (WinsetupFromUSB should do all the rest).
This is most probably part of the issue:
BUT, do another thing (test to see how the thingy behaves).
When I click on the RMPrepUSB button nothing happens. I therefore opened the RMPrepUSB app and selected the USB drive (4gb in this case), MAX, WinPE v2, FAT32(ticked 2PTNS box), UNCHECKED Copy OS Files box and set the path to C:\XPINST and the clicked prepare drive. I then clicked install Grub4dos. I then went over to the WinSetupFromUSB application, selected the USB drive and clicked GO. The error message I got was cannot find MBR. I have attached a screen shot of the files in the folder for the USB installation - please confirm if these are correct.
Partition Size: Max
Bootloader options: XP/BartPE bootable (NTLDR)
Filesystem and Overrides: NTFS (or FAT32) and Boot as HDD (C: 2 Ptns)
And "prepare" drive.
Now, open the drive in Explorer, and copy to it:
- NTLDR (copy from *any* XP you have available)
- grldr (get it among the already downloaded files or directly from http://code.google.c.../downloads/list )
- a file BOOT.INI (created with Notepad or other text editor) with these contents (you can copy and paste):
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect C:\grldr="Grub4Dos"Try booting from the stick on the machine.
You should be able to get to the boot .ini choices.
Choose the "Grub4Dos" entry.
You should arrive to a grub> prompt.
In it, type:
root (and press the [TAB] key.
You should see a list similar to:
hd0, hd1, rd, cd
you should get (hd0).
you should see listed of the files on the stick: ntldr, boot.ini, grldr.
If everything is like described, reboot normally, delete the files from the USB stick, and run again WinSetupFromUSB (the stick is already OK and you need not to re-format it or use again RMPREPUSB).
Post if anything is different.
Edited by jaclaz, 16 September 2012 - 08:06 AM.