Trying to install Windows with no CD-ROM!

By bdk111701 ·
Hello, I am new to the forum, but not to computers, and I was wondering if I could get some input. I am trying to install Windows XP Home, or Pro on a Dell Latitude C400. This is the small laptop that has no CD-ROM, and it is giving me **** to install! I have tried USB CD-ROM?s and completely forgot that it would not work. Please any suggestions would be helpful, thank you!

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You've got a bit of work ahead of you

by Jacky Howe In reply to Trying to install Windows ...

Get youself one of these.

1. USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter Cable 80cm (Supports 2.5" & 3.5" IDE)

2. Laptop IDE Hard Drive Adaptor

Download DOS.

Burn it to CD using Nero or similar.

Remove the Hard Drive from the Notebook. Ensure that you have an Active Partition on the Drive and it is formatted FAT32.
Set your PC to Boot from CD in the BIOS. Connect your USB HD and turn on the PC. 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.

Restart the PC and reconnect the USB HD, now you will need to copy the I386 folder from your XP CD to the USB HD. When you have finished doing that, disconnect the USB HD and insert it back into the Notebook. Turn on the Notebook and you should end up with a DOS Prompt. Type in CD I386 and press enter. Type winnt.exe and press enter.

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Thank you!

by bdk111701 In reply to You've got a bit of work ...

Thank you very much! I didnt think about that

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No Probs :) <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thank you!
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I used to do this with win98

by seannj427 In reply to No Probs :) <NT>

I used to build dual booting 98/XP boxes this way and same for 98/windows 2000 boxes.
what you could also do is get a copy of acronis true image, build an image of your favorite Xp setup and store that on a removable drive.
NOTE: If you are going to clone XP boxes you should consider running a tool like NEWSID if they are going to live in a domain environment to avoid confusing the AD controllers.

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It's a lot easier

by Jacky Howe In reply to I used to do this with wi ...

when you have a CD or Floppy drive to work with. I used to use Ghost in a Multi-session environment that worked OK. NewSid is the only way to go if you are cloning XP.

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true blue

by PC-guru In reply to You've got a bit of work ...

you are top notch dude

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