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How to install and run windows xp on usb flash drive

By lamentofking ·
The title says it all. I might just have looked at every article on the topic but theres always something that goes wrong. My drive is bootable. Windows xp detects it in setup. It just won't install. I got an error once when installing. something about ntdlr or something. then it wouldn't install. Does anybody know how to install windows xp on usb flash drive? I got a SimpleFlash 2.0 usb flash drive by SimpleTech by the way if that helps any.

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Hopefully this will help you

by Bizzo In reply to How to install and run wi ...

Although you may have already seen it.
http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6160062.html

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I'm gonna wait until I 'bump into' someone ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Hopefully this will help ...

Who's actually got a working one of these beasties.

Then I'll just steal it!!!

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Ok but....

by lamentofking In reply to Hopefully this will help ...

Will I be able to go through 'My Computer' on the ufd and go through my hd to my windows partition and access my files? Can I like install something from the ufd to the hd and run it too?

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I had rather formed the opinion that these 'doobries' ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Ok but....

Were - in essence - supposed to be self-contained.

A bit like running a Virtual Box, only sort of less-virtual if you will.

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you run the OS from the flash drive

by CG IT In reply to Ok but....

you don't install it from the Flash drive to the HDD. For that you need Ghost and an bootable image file. Depending upon the size of the image file, you might need a USB CD/DVD drive [and those drivers on the bootable flash drive].

If this is an IDE or SATA drive, BartPE works great for a bootable flash drive with Ghost [again just make sure you have the CD/DVD Rom drivers loaded]to initialize HDDs and install bootable images onto HDDs

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Problem

by lamentofking In reply to you run the OS from the f ...

When I try to boot from it, te comp bypassed it and went to the hd (the only other bootable device that was there) So I removed the hd and left teh usb as the only device (along with the cd drive which had no disc in it)I booted the comp and it said "no bootable devices found" does this mean my ufd is not bootable or did i do something wrong. i followed the instructions.

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Some of the

by Jacky Howe In reply to How to install and run wi ...

instructions may have been overlooked. The Simple Flash 2.0 usb flash drive has to be prepared before it can be booted from. You will have to create a Primary Partition and make it Active. Format it as FAT32.

HP has a tool to do this.

HP Drive Key Boot Utility

http://tinyurl.com/2zcd68

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Yep True Blue has it...

by CG IT In reply to Some of the

also, the motherboard has to be able to boot to USB. If it doesn't have the capability to boot to USB then your doing a lot of work for nothing.

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Spot on ;-)

by Jacky Howe In reply to Yep True Blue has it...

I really hope that the poster has checked the BIOS. ;-)

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I have

by lamentofking In reply to Spot on ;-)

i have and its working now. thanks every1.

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