- copy contents of win2k (original edition) to hard drive, at d:\w2k
- from command line, run w2ksp51.exe -integrate:d:\w2k
(integration is performed and proclaimed as a success here)
- copy d:\w2k to a new computer at d:\w2ksp51 (new computer is partitioned)
- put msdos onto new computer's c: drive - it boots up fine
- after booting up new computer, execute d:\w2ksp5\i386\winnt.exe
after some file copying, this produces the following:
The [Files] section of the Setup Information File is not present or is corrupt. Contact your system administration. Setup cannot continue. Press ENTER to exit.
now i've done a lot of slipstreaming and installations before, and this error message has only ever appeared to me when i've slipstreamed a service pack into win2k, have neglected to update the txtsetup.sif contained in the bootdisk images, and then used the bootdisk image to install (txtsetup.sif mismatch between bootdisk and i386 folder).
the only conclusion i can think of is that the integration silently failed and corrupted the txtsetup.sif file. it's definitely present, has a large number of [files.xxx] entries and isn't visibly corrupt.
if i replace the d:\w2ksp51 folder with the vanilla w2k cd contents, or a w2ksp4 build, they both install fine. same computer, same msdos host, same install location, the only variable that causes failure is usp51 being slipstreamed.
any ideas? here's the md5 of the txtsetup.sif that was generated: fc2c314a1d96d7108a58235148dc6e8e