making a bootable usb memory stick

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July 23, 2009 at 18:50:39
Specs: Windows XP
I got a new pc and cant install any o/s onto it they all crash half way through installation. so i think the cd drive might be no good. is there a way i can put the iso file of the os onto a usb memory stick so i can install from that instead? ive tried copying the files across but it wont boot from that.

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July 23, 2009 at 19:17:19
You can make a bootable version of windows on a usb stick but it might be easier to make a copy of the windows cd and try that cd instead. But if you want to dare to try the usb stick then follow these instructions

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July 23, 2009 at 19:27:54
Confused. If it's a new PC, why do you have to install an OS? I doubt the optical drive is the problem. I would suspect the RAM before the CD drive. Or it could be an overheating issue. Regardless, if it's new, why bother? Just take it back.

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July 23, 2009 at 20:14:45
it didnt come with an os. thanks wired i will try that tomorrow

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July 23, 2009 at 20:24:31
i have tried windows xp and windows vista they all crash on install. i cant send it back because i need the computer and i got it mail order and it will take ages. so i came on here to try and sort it!!

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July 24, 2009 at 05:56:12
If you get to any part of the installation for either os on cd and you can make a choice then I'd almost think some other part of the system would be suspect. Either MB or ram.

See barts pe2usb.

See hp for how they make a bootable usb.

Might have to use pxe to install or a networked cd from a working system.

Might be easier to borrow a usb cd/dvd.

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