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Installing Windows from USB

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  1. SaraJ

    SaraJ Junior Member

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    I got a netbook from a relative that needs windows reinstalled cause it's horribly slow with all sorts of problems.

    It does have install disks on a CD but doesn't have a CD-rom drive.

    So I'm wondering if this disk image can be placed and booted from a USB. I've tried looking online but am confused as most of the guides are awful.

    This is XP sp3 for those who might be wondering.

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  2. nickk

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    yes it can be done. You will need just some program to make the USB bootable and windows image . Just google it, there are many free out there
     
  3. Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage BANNED BANNED

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    I've done computer work for years. I've made a bootable USB drive and then installed XP from that drive. This is something that can be done, and it has a "moderate" level of difficulty, meaning that you can do it if you are willing to put the time into figuring out how to do it.

    I think the first thing you need to decide is if you want to take the time to learn how to do it. If this is a one-off project, and all you want to do is get the netbook O/S installed and then never mess with it again, there is a faster, easier way which is to get (either buy or borrow) an External (USB) CD-Drive and just install it that way.

    Here's a list of external drives arranged by price:
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    hxxp://xxx.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&N=100007595&IsNodeId=1&PropertyCodeValue=803%3A6822&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20
    Note the cheapest is only $30.00.

    That's the fasteest, most cost-effective way to do it.

    If you want to learn how to actually use a USB drive, my first recommendation is that pick just one guide and method and stick to that, as there are at least 5 different ways to do this, all of them valid and none of them are the same. In a bit, I'll try to find the guide I used years ago.

    The first thing to think about is if the computer will even allow a USB device to boot it. Some BIOS's will allow it, and some will not. The BIOS may allow an external drive, but not a USB drive.
    The second thing is to prepare the USB drive to be able to boot. There are several softwares that you can run on them to make one bootable. This step is where a lot of confusion can come in, because each method of preparing a USB drive is different.

    I'll post back on the guide if I can find it. Good luck.
     
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    Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7/Vista/XP ?Even on a Netbook or Laptop
    Putting the Windows 7 installation on a USB thumb drive has a few advantages?a small USB key is much more convenient for carrying around than a DVD, the OS will actually install much faster,
    and you can use a USB key to install Windows 7 on systems that do not have a DVD drive, such as a netbook. In fact, you can even install Windows 7 on netbooks that have fairly modest hardware.

    Here?s a quick look at the process:
    First, you?ll need the DiskPart utility on the system you will use to prep the thumb drive.
    This is a free disk partitioning utility that is likely already installed on your Windows system.
    If not, you can download DiskPart here.
    Code:
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    Launch the DiskPart utility by typing diskpart at the Start Menu.
    Then run the list disk command to check the status of your drive.

    Now run select disk 1 where the "1" is actually the corresponding number of your USB drive.
    Run clean.
    Once the thumb drive is clean, you can run create partition primary.
    Now make the partition active by entering active
    Then you need to set up the file system as Fat32 by running format fs=fat32 quick (quick, of course, specifies that you want to perform a quick format to speed up the process).
    Entering the assign command gives the USB drive a drive letter, making it easy to access from Windows Explorer
    Then you can copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do).
    Now you can insert the thumb drive into the system you want to install Windows 7 onto and boot the system. The installation will now proceed as usual?but faster.
     
  6. Nigel Farage

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    I couldn't find my old method, and looked through several. I think this one is the most simple:
    Code:
    hxxp://en.kioskea.net/faq/3065-installing-windows-xp-from-a-usb-key
     
  7. Freezerburn

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    Yes you can , I have my windows 7 install disk on my usb. Its just as fast as installing from a cd too. There's some steps you have to take to make it work though.

    1 - Insert you USB drive
    2 - Go to start > accessories > command prompt (run as admin)
    3 - Type diskpart
    4 - Type list disk
    5 - Find Your USB on the list
    6 - Type select disk (followed by its number)
    7 - Type clean
    8 - Type create partition 1
    9 - Type active
    10 - Type format fs=ntfs
    11 - Type assign
    12 - Type exit
    13 - Type cd e (change "e" to the drive with your windows cd) cd f for example
    14 - Type cd boot
    15 - Type BootSECT.exe /nt60 e: (change "e" to whatever drive your usb is in)


    After that you can copy the windows 7 files over to the thumb drive. Then just reboot and in your setup make your thumb drive the first boot source. hope this helps.
     
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    use this one, one click install of the .iso to the usb

    Code:
    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
     
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    I know this is a bit obvious but if the afflicted netbook has network connectivity you could copy the software from another computer with a CD drive to a separate partition on the netbook.
     
  10. cyber.surfer

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    If you have image file of the OS on your hard disk then you can download and use Ultra-iso to make USB device bootable using the OS image. Whenever required I use this method to re-install windows.
     
  11. Amsterdammer

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    Aside of all the advise you already got: Did you check in the BIOS that this notebook actually accepts a USB device to boot from and this option is enabled as first choice?

    If so, I would try to "burn" the iso on the USB device and reboot, but then again, I never did it this way so what do I know. :p
     
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    Hello, Sorry if my question don't have the right thread. I need a win xp or any win that run from an usb memory stick.
    I try using Bart pe to make a win run from the usb memory stick but i cant.
    Does anyone knows how to make a win to run from this ? I don't have hdd on a laptop and i want to use this without hdd. Only with a memory stick.
    Thank you.
     
  13. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Make sure the USB is bootable. There are plenty of tutorials on the web on how this can be done.

    http://mypocketxp.com/
    http://chris.pirillo.com/how-to-run-windows-xp-on-a-usb-drive/
    http://www.techspot.com/community/t...windows-on-an-external-usb-hard-drive.116114/
     
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