Microsoft is having their way with us (proof within)
Like everyone else posting to this thread, I could not, as many times as I tried, install XP SP2 Upgrade onto my MacBook via Parallels. At first, it would get to certain points, raising hope, but ultimately fail. Then, all of the sudden, it began prompting me with the no boot device that everyone seems to know so well.
I knew that this was BS, as I was able to install various linux distributions. So, I assumed it was the CD. I exchanged the CD through my univiersity and got a fresh XP SP2 Update disk. None-the-less, it would either NOT install or make a meager attempt and prompt that file xxx was missing--this occured in the first 10 seconds of installalation. Usually, it would just prompt that I was lacking a boot device.
So, I decided to boot off my original XP disk, devoid of any SPs.
Using my original XP disk, XP Professional installed without a hitch!
(side note: As to why I already have an XP installation disk and didn't use it in the first place: the disk is licensed under the site license of my university--value: honestly--and I really did not want to go through the millions of updates required after naked XP installation--value: impatience.) I bought the update version since I own DOS, Windows 3.1, ME or something like that and still have the disks (yes, I have Windows 3.1 and DOS floppies--I might even has OS/2 in floppy form.).
I have XP w/o any SPs installed. I decided to try updating the XP installation using the Upgrade CD. Everything started out fine until it reached some xxxx.inf file and failured. I checked the Upgrade CD for the file and it is there, under /i386/. There is/was no excuse for the failure.
I decide immediately to make a copy of my XP Upgrade disk with Toast because doing so was on my task list. Everything copies just fine.
So, just out of curiousity, I attempt to complete the install with my copy of the original XP upgrade disk. To my surprise, SUCCESS !! (worth two "!" because I have been working on this problem for a week.).
Therefore, I conclude that something is either wrong with the Windows XP Professional SP2 upgrade disk supplied by MS or my MacBook's DVD drive has some problem reading disks created by Microsoft?!. The first conclusion, prima faca, seems much more likely that the second: nearly every MacBook's CD drive is deficite in such a manner that Parallels cannot install copies of XP off of current XP install disks. Universalizing the first leads to all Macs running Parallels have problems reading new XP disk, or, at least, XP SP2 Professional Upgrade disks.
Of course, I am assuming that everyone who is experiencing this problem is using a post-Parallels Desktop release of Windows XP version x.nm
Why would would XP Professional not install off the original but successfully install off a copy of the original? Chew on that Parallels. The Windows disks are at fault or your code has trouble booting off primary Windows XP install disk, those are the only reasonable conclusiosn. Is Parallels software not reading the XP cds correctly? Possibly, but this conclusion undermines the primary purpose of Parallels Desktop for OS X. So, I do not believe this conclusion can hold--unless Parallels ability to boot off Windows disks is being underminded by another party. Why can't the later conclusion hold? Most would hold to the truth of ths contention: XP on OS X is probably the primary reason why one might purchase Parallels, or that Parallels exists today--not to offend linux because I love you so so much.
Another conclusion: Microsoft (is cursing moderated on this forum?) is, um, ... at the root of this problem.
Old Windows XP CDs work but new CDs fail during the installation process or simply do not work. Since everyone here has legal license keys, why don't we all pass around a working CD image over BT. No laws broken as long as a license key is not provided. Or, maybe someone could up a working image of the OS in question onto this board. Again, since we all have keys, and for those who do not, well, no harm done.
We can not let the Man do this to us! I mean, this took up over a week of my time.
Last edited: Sep 24, 2006