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Is it possible to install win xp from a 1 GB usb flash drive

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  1. rajiv.b

    rajiv.b New Member

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    Hi

    I want to install win xp directly from a usb flash drive. I want to do this because I have to install xp on many computers in a day, and all the computers that i come across do not have a cd drive . also it would be much faster then installing from a cd.

    will making the flash drive bootable using Bart-pe and copying all the xp setup files make it possible?
     
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    Well it depends whether the flash drive supports USB HDD Boot .
     
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    drvarunmehta New Member

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    Your BIOS needs to support booting from USB drives.
     
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    If your BIOS supports so theen simply boot from your flash drive.
     
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    If u hv a Transcend Pendrive, then u can boot it to install WIN XP.
     
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    yeas u can......

    well if u can boot from usb that will get it done... if not...

    and if u can boot into dos and mount usb that shouldalso get it done , now i dunno how mount works in dos n all....

    in short, if u can run the setup u can install it... no matter where u boot from...

    i might be very well wrong but this is how i see it....
     
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    Use this utility by HP to make your USB flash drive bootable.
     
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    thanks for the suggestions.

    has anyone came across any such software that could convert and make every bootable disk to be bootable usb zip drive.
     
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    well i am searching for the same....
    to make a bootable disk into bootable HDD
     
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    I think configuring the bios should do the trick!
     
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    well setting up the bios is not a big deal. but the main problem is to make the drive bootable. i have done it for the DSL and also a bootable disk for winxp(recovery) but not for installation.
     
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    take a look at the link in my previous post.
     
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    well thanks once again .
     
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    friend already tried that.... and much more..
    SLAX , DSLinux , puppy linux, SPB.... manual partitioning,

    also tried to configure lilo, grub and syslinux bootloader manually......

    the default loaders in above mentioned linux... and much more.....

    but nothing works.....
     
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