This discussion was a long one and pretty beatup before.
The short answer is you want a XP w/SP1 or you will never be happy. Call Microsoft for a replacement CD which will cost you zip to very few dollars. If you don't do this, then you've revealed how much solving this problem is worth to you.
I'm building a new computer. Design is a dual boot Win 98 (on a 250GB PATA) and Win XP (I have a pre-SP1 CD) on two 200GB SATA arranged in RAID 1.
Is the size of the boot XP drive limited to 137 MB since there is no SP1, or will the XP operating system drive automatically recognize and adjust its volume over 137GB when the SP1 is downloaded and installed.
I could partition the drive to under 137GB, but I don't see the point in it, seeing as I have a real complete backup with a RAID 1 configuration.