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    interesting way to install XP on cd-less/floppyless

    I have a laptop that lacks a floppy and a cd rom. I wanted windows XP on it, but couldnt load it without either a floppy or cd. Here is what I did:

    1) install the hard drive as a slave in your working desktop system. I tried using a USB adaptor and it failed, i think it wants to be on an ide channel.

    2) Format the drive. I just did a quick ntsf format, doesnt seem to matter.

    3) insert your windows cd in the drive, and exit when it pops up asking what you want to do.

    4) Go to "My Computer" and look at the drive letters of the CD-rom containing the XP disk, and also the drive letter of the hard drive you are installing to.

    5) Assuming the hard drive is "D" and the XP cd is in "E:", go to the run command and type (or cut and paste):

    E:\I386\winnt32.exe /syspart:D: /tempdrive:D: /makelocalsource /noreboot

    6) setup will begin and ask you if you want to upgrade or full install, make sure it is FULL INSTALL. It will then ask you for a few more things including the CD key.

    7) When it goes back to your desktop, turn off your PC and remove the slave hard drive. It is now ready for install in the new system. It will simply continue to install windows from this point.


    I just finished it on my floppyless and cd-less laptop, and it worked awesome!
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    I'm taking it that the smilies are indeed "d :" but without the space?

    I'll keep that in mind as being a computer engineer - that will help me out one day!

    Many thanks.
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    gospeed.racer interesting way to install XP on cd-less/floppyless

    TO gospeed.racer interesting way to install XP on cd-less/floppyless
    ThanU alot, works just fine.
    And I suceeded to do that on USB adaptor.

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    could you just have a usb external hardrive connected to computer running xp and do this?

    or does it have to be an ide connected hardrive?

    ****, just noticed in the read it says the usb connection failed......

    any way to trick windows in thinking a usb external hardrive is an ide internal?

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    Wow, i never knew! how'd you find this out?!
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    now i just need to get laptop hd adapter so i can use it on my pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snortonnorton View Post
    could you just have a usb external hardrive connected to computer running xp and do this?

    or does it have to be an ide connected hardrive?

    ****, just noticed in the read it says the usb connection failed......

    any way to trick windows in thinking a usb external hardrive is an ide internal?
    Just as I said: USB external HDD2,5'. It just worked, no trick
    I used it to prepare instalation into cdless-flopyless notebook.

    I work w notebook, so t'no posibility to install addit' hdd.
    my note has a'option to boot from usb, maybe that work

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    To gospeed.racer

    You know what, i have tried your method of installing xp without cd and it works for me flawless before... BUT

    today I did it again, bit it says read disk error on a P3 notebook Compaq Armada M300

    tried on several hdd, on 2 different notebooks

    did anyone has any idea? sorry for my ignorance, but i already had a butterfly around in my brain

    thanx for any suggestions

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    i found it easier to get a usb to ide adapter and just plug a normal cd/dvd drive into that..

    most laptops can boot from a usb device. this has worked fine for me on laptops with no optical drive. and saves having to pull the laptop drive out and stuff..


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