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cool might use that way can it be done for Mac osx or vista like this????


Thanks max

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I have not gotten this to work yet, but I just want to point out that, under BIOS, the installing OS should be set as "start" and not as finished.

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Very interesting topic. :D
I'm also interested in installing XP from a USB stick. But is it faster than installing from a CD?

The reason is, I work as a contractor Technician for Dell. I mainly do hardware replacement on Laptops/Desktops but I also do a LOT of Windows reinstallations. It's frustrating to sit infront of a system at the customer's Home/Office for 30-45min (+ 15-20min for Drivers/Software).

I will set up an unattended installation to save a few minutes. But can I save a few more minutes by copying the Windows files to a USB Stick or external USB HDD? The CD reading seems to be the bottleneck.
I managed to make a USB stick bootable with 'HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool', and copy the i386 folder contents over. But the installation is slooooow. I'm guessing it's using USB v1 speed.

Does anyone have any idea how I can get the installation done quicker (assuming I get USB2 drivers running)?
Oh, and since USB2 HDDs are transferring via the USB interface, are they quicker than a USB stick?
P.S. I get paid per Job, so the more I can get done, the better. :)

Edited by tom_kauf, 16 February 2008 - 12:28 PM.

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just a query about this.

will i be able to use this method of xp installation to install windows to a desktop pc which has boot from usb option ?

thanks in advance

Graham

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Did anyone get over this error: File \$WIN_NT$.~BT\biosinfo.inf could not be loaded. The error code is 18

I have one someone has asked me to sort out for them but its driving me insane. I have used at least 4 different usb sticks, all are new (in last year)

I have tried the method stated and a couple of downloads which say they automatically make the drive bootable and then to load!

Please any help would be appreciated!

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Did anyone get over this error: File \$WIN_NT$.~BT\biosinfo.inf could not be loaded. The error code is 18

I have one someone has asked me to sort out for them but its driving me insane. I have used at least 4 different usb sticks, all are new (in last year)

I have tried the method stated and a couple of downloads which say they automatically make the drive bootable and then to load!

Please any help would be appreciated!

Cheers

Phill


Dunno if you have solved this problem yet but what I have heard is it won't work with Windows XP SP2.
Here is a another guide and it works for me (using Windows XP Pro SP2).
http://www.eeeguides...-usb-thumb.html

I only used a USB card with my MicroSD 4gb and it works just fine B)

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if you are not worried about the size of windows vista on ur internal sd card (u have modded it with a internal 16gb or something like that) can you use this program to put windows vista on a usb.

thanks

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This is not working for me. I attempted this on Apsire One netbook (n270)

I did the txt mode first, then it rebooted and did gui mode. It went all the way through, automatically
rebooted itself and then gives me an error that there is a missing or corrupt hal.dll file. I got the
same error on two copies of XP as well.

If I boot up once again from USB and enter gui mode, I get a BSOD. I cannot make out the error code
since it goes through fast.

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Hello there Paul

Should i copy original XP to USB directly or need to be PEBuilder first? Mine boot didnt work :P

And are you fan of Camervans? Im fan of those and i love T1 & T2 ;)

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Microsoft release a tool for Win7 to copy the disc onto USB and making the USB bootable.
Technically it should work on XP plus it's free :)

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Ok, I am having a problem.

I try to select a Source Path, but I can't click anything. So when I press Start, I get a message reading "Invalid BartPE Files Path!". I don't know what to do.

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