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Installing XP from USB Drive

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Martini1991, 3 Jul 2011.

  1. Martini1991

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    Hey there, I've a netbook that I've to reformat and I've left it for a while.
    I have no external DVD Drive, and unfortunately this netbook has no DVD Drive.

    I've ripped the ISO from the Windows XP Home Edition disc, however how can I install via USB Drive?

    If this was Windows 7, I could do it from inside Windows, and it'd continue as a regular install, XP however is stupid, and won't =/.
     
  2. Fatboyuk2

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    is the iso boot set and dose the laptop boot from usb
     
  3. DJ_Martin

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    The way I do it is hammer F12 when turning on then it takes you to boot menu and select USB drive and boot from there?
     
  4. Martini1991

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    Yes notebook can boot from USB.
    Unless, I can make my USB Drive bootable like in my tutorial, and then put the ISO on, but what would be the command to run it?

    Not the question I'm asking. How do I go about making the ISO work from the USB Drive?
     
  5. DJ_Martin

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    ooooh ok I googled it and it came up with this, is this more what you are after?

    It's vista but I'm assuming they work the same
     
  6. Martini1991

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    I have no idea what I'm meant to do with a quote.
    Enter commands where, how? ;)
     
  7. DJ_Martin

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    Now might be a time for Surveyor or Buchanan or Stulid or any of the others to come to this thread and shed some light because I'm a bit out of my depth.

    I assumed Command Prompt but that could be totally wrong :(
     
  8. Martini1991

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    Nevermind, I've found what I need as far as I'm aware.
    Lets see if it works.
     
  9. R088ieS86

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    Yup, the method that DJ found works fine.
    its all done form the command prompt.

    if you don't feel confident with xcopy commands then you can drag and drop the contents of the XP disk after formatting your drive as fat32.
     
  10. spleenharvester

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    Quicker, download bootsect.exe and use, copy XP files with NTDETECT and NTLDR and you're away ;)
     
  11. Martini1991

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    Just using win to flash.
    I extracted the ISO and it's using those files to make a bootable drive.
     
  12. Fatboyuk2

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  14. Swordfish

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    Read this.

    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/120444-how-to-install-windows-from-usb-winsetupfromusb-with-gui/

    Use this.

    Very simple to do.

    download WinSetup http://www.datafilehost.com/download-3c7ead6d.html

    Run app to get this screen

    [​IMG]

    Click browse to find the source files for the install (CD/DVD or extracted folder)

    Click refresh to locate the flash drive you wish to use

    Click RMPrepUSB to get this screen

    [​IMG]


    Ensure options are same as above and select prepare drive.

    After a couple of click ok boxes your will get this dos screen

    [​IMG]

    Once this has finished all you do is click GO from image 1 and when things are finished copying your can then boot form the drive. you will need to boot from the drive twice , once for the DOS part and 2nd for the GUI parts. Install is very very quick.
     
  15. Martini1991

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    Throws up an error about nfts dll missing in system 32 or some nonesense as it loads up for the GUI installation.
     
  16. Swordfish

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    If you are talking about my method - you need to boot from the flash drive twice

    1st time select the top option
    2nd time select the 2nd option

    Caught me out as well.
     
  17. Swordfish

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    They dont.
     
  18. Martini1991

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    I did boot from USB twice.
    First time = Text based for the formatting, copying of files.
    Second time = Gui installation, it throws up an error half way through the white loading bar.
     
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  20. Martini1991

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    I've already done that.
    It boots, it does the first stage, but at the GUI interface, loading up that it spouts an error at me.