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How to install Windows without a CD drive
« on: 04-October-08, 20:16:36 »

Windows XP / 2000

Use the WinSetupfromUSB tool found here:
https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=125750.0

Note: You'll need a USB flash drive, preferably a 1gb (or higher) which will leave you room to copy drivers and additional programs too, and you'll still need an original Windows XP CD to copy the files from. And of course you need a valid product key for it to be legal! :hat tip:



Windows Vista / 7

You need basically:
  • a USB flash drive at least 4GB in size
  • a Windows Vista DVD

To sum up:
  • Format your USB drive, with the NTFS filesystem
  • Open Command Prompt as an administrator, and run the Bootsect.exe program off the Windows Vista DVD to make the USB drive bootable
  • Copy the contents of the Windows Vista DVD to the USB drive
  • Restart your PC, press F11 (or whichever key it is) to access the Boot menu, and select your USB drive to boot from

Full guide here:
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/

 
« Last Edit: 06-June-09, 22:59:33 by Stu »
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« Reply #1 on: 08-October-08, 21:37:59 »

Installing windows from a USB Drive.  Interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: 09-October-08, 12:05:14 »

Well you have to if you use a Wind, as they have no cdrom or floppy.
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« Reply #3 on: 05-January-09, 04:24:07 »

Well another option is that to take out the 2.5 inch HD and reformat the HD using an ide/sata converter to USB. After that..put the HD in any laptops/notebooks with an optical drive and install any OS you want. Using Stu's suggestion is good for netbooks with onboard SSD storage drives.

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« Reply #4 on: 05-June-09, 18:13:11 »

I used this
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&swItem=MTX-UNITY-I23839&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN
HP Driver Key Bot Utility
I installed it all ok made my usb bootable
then added all windows files
but I boot it and I get on a screen with commands
what commands should I use for set?:S
Its a DOS
and I think it said something about linux in there, any help on how to install?
I want to install Windows XP Professional x64 ..
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« Reply #5 on: 05-June-09, 19:03:33 »

Use the tool that Bas attached to this topic here:
https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=125750.0

I've used this myself on a couple of occasions since, and it is much easier to use! :biggthumbsup:
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« Reply #6 on: 06-June-09, 02:13:12 »

Thanks I made it work ;) ;) ;) finally after some years ;)
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