USB Flash Disc

By vicbasconcillo ·
can i install windows xp in a 4 gigabyte flash disc and finally boot to my laptop with a vista operating system

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by Wizard-09 In reply to USB Flash Disc

You can install a OS on a flash Disk then boot to that OS, but make sure you set the machine in question to boot from USB if this is how the drive is connected to the laptop.

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USB Flash Disc

by vicbasconcillo In reply to Yes

Can you send me a detailed instructions on how you made a USB Flash Disk boot from a Vista OS. I have read all the posted letters regarding this UFD with XP OS, I don't have an XP laptop 'cause I bought it with a Vista Basic installed. Is it possible to make this UFD with a Vista OS because I'm an XP fanatics and our company IT's informed me that I can not install XP OS when Vista is first intalled in the laptop. I'm planning a dual boot OS on one hard disk which they said is not possible so my only choice is to use this UFD as a second boot. Can you enlighten me on this matter.. Mr. t_mcnally_2001 46
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Are you sure

by IC-IT In reply to USB Flash Disc

that that laptop has device drivers for XP?
You will need an XP OS to create the USB install.

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You could also buy a second hard drive ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to USB Flash Disc

Swap the HDDs over and install XP direct onto the 'now-internal' hard drive.

My main reason for suggesting this is that a 4GB flash drive will not have much room for any applications after you have installed a 2.5GB XP operating system plus leaving sufficient space for all the inevitable updates as well.

You'll end up with XP on a flash drive and nothing else - just a bare OS.

None of the applications installed on the Vista hard drive will boot from XP because none of them will have XP Registry Entries on the flash drive, having been installed and registered to the Vista OS.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to USB Flash Disc

I would recommend using a Virtual PC setup and run XP in there. You can decide for yourself if you want to try them they are named Virtual PC 2007 or VMWare. Read up on the documentation that comes with the software.

Virtual PC 2007 Release Notes

Download the full version of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007


How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

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Having reading your Peermail, you have a problem ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to USB Flash Disc

Not necessarily a major problem, but it could be.

This is what you emailed to me:
"One of your fellow TechRepublic members has sent you a private message:

Subject: Hard Drive Problems
Mr. Mycroft,

The reason I can not replace my original hard drive is its drivers, my LG E301 laptop comes only with Vista Drivers and no XP Drivers included. And thats why I needed an XP in a USB Flash Drive, I can manage with at least 8 or 16 gigabytes of UFD.

Secondly the hard drive supplied with my LG laptop looks different from the ordinary SATA hard drives like WD, Seagate and Toshiba types. It has an adapter fitted on its SATA pins meaning I can only purchase the Hitachi hard drives from their company. Its not the plug in type where we can see in external hard drives or other laptops and you know the price if you purchase it in their Repair Centers its more expensive and sometimes they will not even sell it.

Vic Basconcillo
Saudi Ericsson Communications Company, Ltd.
Corporate and Government Networks Division
Riyadh 11423, KSA

Clearly you are under the impression you can install XP to a USB flash drive BUT you seem to intend running XP by drawing from the Vista drivers already installed. This will NOT work.

If you want to run Windows XP on any computer, you MUST have a full set of XP drivers for every component of the XP operating system - you cannot share with Vista. More importantly, it is (as far as I have ever known) impossible to run two operating systems simultaneously within the same RAM space, unless one of them is virtual, being hosted by and within the other.

However, if you want to run a virtual XP OS within a Vista host, you are STILL going to need all the XP drivers.

Unless I'm wrong! - Then another peer can correct me on this.

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