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Install XP Professional SP3 from a USB Flash Drive

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Install XP Professional SP3 from a USB Flash Drive

danielt17
Hey guys,

im gonna get the dell mini 9 soon and i would like to install XP Pro on it (without paying 90$ for a DVD drive). how do i install XP from a USB drive?. i do not want my usb flash drive to be a bootable XP version (for recovery purposes) but an actual install medium.
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    1). I do not want my usb flash drive to be a bootable?.
    2). But an actual install medium?.
    Well if you DO NOT want your flash drive to be bootable how the **** are you going to load XP?
    Let a lone having it as a install medium.
    You better get a DVD drive and then do it from there.
    It is like saying "i want a printer but i do not want to buy paper". Well something is going to have to give, you are going to have to give out some cash and buy the DVD drive. Period.
    Welcome to computers.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    danielt17

    i messed up my english, i wrote kinda retarded what i meant was, i would like to install XP from a USB flash drive instead of a CD-ROM. Im getting a Dell Mini 9 and I really dont wanna spend 60$ for a CD/DVD drive to install XP.

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    chrisbedford

    Bit trigger-happy there sport?

    The way I understood Daniel's post: he's not looking for a "Live CD" USB disk but a bootable install medium.

    Not quite the same as wanting a printer but no paper, is it? One thing I have found on TR forums: if you think someone is an idiot, chances are that someone is you. Or to put it another way, "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt".

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    Jacky Howe

    Have you created your Recovery CD's. If not it would be advisable to do so if you are able to, as the PC may have a Hidden Recovery Partition that may be deleted if you are not careful.
    <br><br>
    Win XP
    <br><br>
    If you haven't already Partitioned and made the USB Stick Active you may need to create a Bootable CD with Fdisk.exe on it to prepare the USB Stick. If you haven't a Floppy Drive don't worry as this is covered later. You will need a DOS Boot Disk which can be downloaded from below. How to use fdisk: http://home.pacbell.net/dbk4297/fdiskformat.html
    <br><br>
    http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
    <br><br>
    Download these files and add the new <b>fdisk.exe</b> to the floppy when it is created.
    <br><br>
    <i>Tip. Dont forget to modify Autoexec.bat and Config.sys so that they don't reflect any Drives. Sample and an alternative way: http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootablecd Read the documentation below.</i>
    <br><br>
    Windows 98 SE Custom, No Ramdrive
    <br>
    Updated fdisk for Windows 98 bootdisks
    <br><br>
    Because a lot of newer PC's don't have Floppy Drives anymore I use Virtual Floppy Drive. VFD. Read the vfdhelp.txt that is with it.
    <br><br>
    http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/vfd.html#beta
    <br><br>
    How to make a bootable CD
    <br><br>
    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000669.htm
    <br><br>
    How to Make Bootable CDs
    <br><br>
    http://www.pcsupportadvisor.com/bootable_%20CD_page1.htm
    <br><br>
    If you have access to the necessesary equipment keep the Active Partition at 2GB <i>Read On.</i>
    <br><br>
    <b>Download the MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image</b>
    <br><br>
    <b>MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image:</b>
    <br><br>
    http://ms-dos7.hit.bg/#msfv
    <br><br>
    Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.
    <br><br>
    <b>How to burn an ISO Image:</b>
    <br><br>
    http://www.ubcd4win.com/burn.htm
    <br><br>
    Ensure that you have an <b>Active Partition</b> on the new Drive and it is Formatted <b>FAT32</b>You will be preparing it as a Hard Drive if you can't achieve this you will need to try another USB Stick.
    <br><br>
    Disconnect the Hard Drive from the PC that you have been using. Set it to Boot from CD in the BIOS. Connect your USB Stick and turn on the PC.
    <br><br>
    Insert the DOS CD that you created and follow the prompts to install it to the USB Drive. When you have finished installing DOS shutdown the PC and reconnect the Hard Drive.
    <br><br>
    Restart the PC and reconnect the USB Stick, now you will need to copy the <b>I386 Folder</b> from your XP CD to the USB Stick.
    <br><br>
    When you have finished doing that, disconnect the USB Stick and insert it back into the original PC. Turn on the PC and you should end up with a DOS Prompt. Now you will have to remove the Non DOS Partition using fdisk, delete the NON DOS Active Partition. It should read {Partition 1} {Status A} {Type NTFS}, if it has a Volume Label you will have to type it in. Once that is complete recreate the Primary Partition and make it Active, exit out and restart the PC.
    <br><br>
    When you get back to the DOS Prompt type in <b>CD I386</b> and press Enter. Type <b>winnt.exe</b> and press Enter. Follow the prompts.
    <br><br>
    <b>Hint!</b> <i>You may as well copy the Motherboard Device Drivers to the USB Stick at the same time as you are going to need them, also copy your Antivirus Sofware that you are going to install</i>
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
    <br><br>
    <font size="1"><i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome. :D</i></font>

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    chrisbedford

    I realise this thread is now nearly a year old but I'd be interested in any other feedback from it - it's a long and quite tricky procedure (and, apparently, even more so if installing to SATA disks...?) and having spend nearly an entire weekend attempting to go the bootsect / PeToUSB / usb_prep8 route (unsuccessfully) - watching the copy of the XP disk numerous times, at half an hour a shot - I'm bone-weary of the whole damn exercise. Could have bought a truckload of bootable external USB DVD drives with the money I didn't make doing this job... :-(

    Just for the record, if you have a Vista PC available, the whole procedure takes about 5 minutes longer than the copy of the XP CD. About 8 commands typed in a command prompt window one after the other and you are done!

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    Jacky Howe

    check out the AIK and use Sysprep and Imagex to configure and capture the OS.

    Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008

    http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?familyid=94BB6E34-D890-4932-81A5-5B50C657DE08&displaylang=en

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    Jacky Howe

    Quick and dirty guide to create PE boot key and capture/apply images using imagex

    <a href="http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?p=343802" target="_blank"><u>guide to create PE boot key</u></a>

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749003.aspx

    Read the .chm help files in the AIK

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    1). I do not want my usb flash drive to be a bootable?.
    2). But an actual install medium?.
    Well if you DO NOT want your flash drive to be bootable how the **** are you going to load XP?
    Let a lone having it as a install medium.
    You better get a DVD drive and then do it from there.
    It is like saying "i want a printer but i do not want to buy paper". Well something is going to have to give, you are going to have to give out some cash and buy the DVD drive. Period.
    Welcome to computers.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    danielt17

    i messed up my english, i wrote kinda retarded what i meant was, i would like to install XP from a USB flash drive instead of a CD-ROM. Im getting a Dell Mini 9 and I really dont wanna spend 60$ for a CD/DVD drive to install XP.

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    0 Votes
    chrisbedford

    Bit trigger-happy there sport?

    The way I understood Daniel's post: he's not looking for a "Live CD" USB disk but a bootable install medium.

    Not quite the same as wanting a printer but no paper, is it? One thing I have found on TR forums: if you think someone is an idiot, chances are that someone is you. Or to put it another way, "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt".

    +
    0 Votes
    Jacky Howe

    Have you created your Recovery CD's. If not it would be advisable to do so if you are able to, as the PC may have a Hidden Recovery Partition that may be deleted if you are not careful.
    <br><br>
    Win XP
    <br><br>
    If you haven't already Partitioned and made the USB Stick Active you may need to create a Bootable CD with Fdisk.exe on it to prepare the USB Stick. If you haven't a Floppy Drive don't worry as this is covered later. You will need a DOS Boot Disk which can be downloaded from below. How to use fdisk: http://home.pacbell.net/dbk4297/fdiskformat.html
    <br><br>
    http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
    <br><br>
    Download these files and add the new <b>fdisk.exe</b> to the floppy when it is created.
    <br><br>
    <i>Tip. Dont forget to modify Autoexec.bat and Config.sys so that they don't reflect any Drives. Sample and an alternative way: http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootablecd Read the documentation below.</i>
    <br><br>
    Windows 98 SE Custom, No Ramdrive
    <br>
    Updated fdisk for Windows 98 bootdisks
    <br><br>
    Because a lot of newer PC's don't have Floppy Drives anymore I use Virtual Floppy Drive. VFD. Read the vfdhelp.txt that is with it.
    <br><br>
    http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/vfd.html#beta
    <br><br>
    How to make a bootable CD
    <br><br>
    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000669.htm
    <br><br>
    How to Make Bootable CDs
    <br><br>
    http://www.pcsupportadvisor.com/bootable_%20CD_page1.htm
    <br><br>
    If you have access to the necessesary equipment keep the Active Partition at 2GB <i>Read On.</i>
    <br><br>
    <b>Download the MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image</b>
    <br><br>
    <b>MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image:</b>
    <br><br>
    http://ms-dos7.hit.bg/#msfv
    <br><br>
    Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.
    <br><br>
    <b>How to burn an ISO Image:</b>
    <br><br>
    http://www.ubcd4win.com/burn.htm
    <br><br>
    Ensure that you have an <b>Active Partition</b> on the new Drive and it is Formatted <b>FAT32</b>You will be preparing it as a Hard Drive if you can't achieve this you will need to try another USB Stick.
    <br><br>
    Disconnect the Hard Drive from the PC that you have been using. Set it to Boot from CD in the BIOS. Connect your USB Stick and turn on the PC.
    <br><br>
    Insert the DOS CD that you created and follow the prompts to install it to the USB Drive. When you have finished installing DOS shutdown the PC and reconnect the Hard Drive.
    <br><br>
    Restart the PC and reconnect the USB Stick, now you will need to copy the <b>I386 Folder</b> from your XP CD to the USB Stick.
    <br><br>
    When you have finished doing that, disconnect the USB Stick and insert it back into the original PC. Turn on the PC and you should end up with a DOS Prompt. Now you will have to remove the Non DOS Partition using fdisk, delete the NON DOS Active Partition. It should read {Partition 1} {Status A} {Type NTFS}, if it has a Volume Label you will have to type it in. Once that is complete recreate the Primary Partition and make it Active, exit out and restart the PC.
    <br><br>
    When you get back to the DOS Prompt type in <b>CD I386</b> and press Enter. Type <b>winnt.exe</b> and press Enter. Follow the prompts.
    <br><br>
    <b>Hint!</b> <i>You may as well copy the Motherboard Device Drivers to the USB Stick at the same time as you are going to need them, also copy your Antivirus Sofware that you are going to install</i>
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
    <br><br>
    <font size="1"><i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome. :D</i></font>

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    0 Votes
    chrisbedford

    I realise this thread is now nearly a year old but I'd be interested in any other feedback from it - it's a long and quite tricky procedure (and, apparently, even more so if installing to SATA disks...?) and having spend nearly an entire weekend attempting to go the bootsect / PeToUSB / usb_prep8 route (unsuccessfully) - watching the copy of the XP disk numerous times, at half an hour a shot - I'm bone-weary of the whole damn exercise. Could have bought a truckload of bootable external USB DVD drives with the money I didn't make doing this job... :-(

    Just for the record, if you have a Vista PC available, the whole procedure takes about 5 minutes longer than the copy of the XP CD. About 8 commands typed in a command prompt window one after the other and you are done!

    +
    0 Votes
    Jacky Howe

    check out the AIK and use Sysprep and Imagex to configure and capture the OS.

    Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008

    http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?familyid=94BB6E34-D890-4932-81A5-5B50C657DE08&displaylang=en

    +
    0 Votes
    Jacky Howe

    Quick and dirty guide to create PE boot key and capture/apply images using imagex

    <a href="http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?p=343802" target="_blank"><u>guide to create PE boot key</u></a>

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749003.aspx

    Read the .chm help files in the AIK