How do I install Windows XP from a USB key?
Posted 18 October 2007 - 05:29 AM
I have made a custom windows installation for my eee pc with nLite which gives me a bootable iso file. How do I boot from a USB key with that image and start the installation, just as if I was booting from a CD? Why is it so simple to burn the image to a CD and boot from it, but nearly impossible to do do it from a USB key? Googling doesn't really help. There are a few obscure ways to get it working but it almost requires an extra day of work :-(
Suggestions and links are welcome.
Posted 18 October 2007 - 08:25 AM
Posted 18 October 2007 - 01:37 PM
Posted 18 October 2007 - 02:10 PM
if you'd like, I've got the modified inf's and such that you have to put back into your i386 folder and burn so that you can install from usb.
just pm me if you need some help.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 03:42 PM
Thanks for your suggestion, but I think you are refering to my own post on how to boot from usb while holding the Esc key ;-)
It is possible to boot from USB, but it is almost impossible to start a windows install from the USB key. You can format the key and boot in DOS mode. However, install.exe says that it can't start from DOS...
Thanks for your help. I will get back to you to get the info as soon as I get a little more time to play with my computer.
As for the USB that is supposedly disabled during Windows installation, I am not quite sure it is exact as I have easily installed Win XP after booting from a USB external CD-ROM with Win XP on it.
Posted 18 October 2007 - 05:39 PM
TO MAKE A BOOTABLE DOS USB DRIVE:
Download the following file:
1) A USB format utility to make a bootable device.
2) A folder containing the boot disc content for DOS, just copy everything into the root of the USB drive
1) Copy the \I386 folder from your WinXP CD into the USB Drive (min 1GB drive to hold WinXP and EEE drivers)
2) Set your system BIOS to boot from USB.
3) Delete all partitions from the SSD using FDISK and create a new one with a main partition and a 1GB extended partition.
4) Set the main partition as active, this will mark it bootable.
5) Reboot the EEE using the USB drive to effect partition changes.
6) Format and transfer DOS system to SSD main partition using: x:\>format X:/s
7) Format the 1GB extended partition as well.
8) Run SMARTDRV
9) Go into the \I386 directory in your USB drive. Run XCOPY . Y:\I386 (where Y: is your 1GB extended partition.
10) Copy SMARTDRV.EXE from the \DOS directory to the root of the main partition on the SSD.
11) Remove USB and reboot the EEE
12) Once in DOS, run SMARTDRV
13) Goto the extended partition \I386 folder and run WINNT
Posted 26 October 2007 - 02:46 PM
There is quite a good thread here on the topic with a tool that is supplied (usb_prep5.zip):
Didn't have time to try it out yet. Looks like you can't use an nLited version of Windows though. If anybody has time to figure out how to setup the install file, let us know!
Posted 02 November 2007 - 03:09 PM
Thats for damned sure! I have used these guys in the past. I was once able to get an HP 360G5 NIC to come up in Bart PE by using IBM drivers. If it wasn't for these guys, I would have never figured it out!
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 05:22 AM
A workaround for trying to run setup from the USB would be to boot to a command prompt with the USB key, copy the i386 folder over and then run setup from the C drive. Not sure if you CAN boot to a command prompt and have the USB drive be recognized though. Note that I am not talking about booting FROM a USB drive. :)
Posted 05 November 2007 - 05:14 PM
Basically, it entails creating a folder with your original XP files (or nLite'd version) and running the above mentioned batch file (in the package) to produce the files required to boot/install from USB stick.
I used a nLite'd customised XP SP2 + hotfixes on a bog standard 1gb USB stick and it works wonderfully well!
I've managed to get XP sp2, Office 2003, MSN Live messenger, Opera, Skype, AVG, WinRAR, Foxit PDF and other misc apps installed. The total used space on the SSD is 1.48GB, which still leaves me 2.22gb free... :D
Edited by ma10, 05 November 2007 - 05:18 PM.
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 12:42 PM
i have to rinstal xp to my eee.heve a dvd usb, sd 2gb, pen drive 1gb
who can help me
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