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Install XP Professional SP3 from a USB Flash Drive

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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.
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Win XP
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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
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http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
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Download these files and add the new <b>fdisk.exe</b> to the floppy when it is created.
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<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>
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Windows 98 SE Custom, No Ramdrive
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Updated fdisk for Windows 98 bootdisks
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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.
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http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/vfd.html#beta
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How to make a bootable CD
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http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000669.htm
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How to Make Bootable CDs
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http://www.pcsupportadvisor.com/bootable_%20CD_page1.htm
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If you have access to the necessesary equipment keep the Active Partition at 2GB <i>Read On.</i>
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<b>Download the MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image</b>
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<b>MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image:</b>
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http://ms-dos7.hit.bg/#msfv
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Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.
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<b>How to burn an ISO Image:</b>
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http://www.ubcd4win.com/burn.htm
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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<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>
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<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
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