Install Win Xp pro Cd without CD drive nor OS

Dell Latitude d400 notebook
August 11, 2009 at 12:01:14
Specs: Windows XP
I have a desktop Win Xp Home and a laptop with no OS
nor a cd driver but I do have a genuine brand new Win Xp
pro Cd, how can I install it?

I heard it can be done by network but I don't know


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#1
August 11, 2009 at 12:58:23
You can use barts to install it possibly. Barts also makes a network boot disk that will allow you to mount the shared cd on a network.

Might be easier to borrow a usb cd if the laptop boots to usb.

Other ways too..


See here for more ideas.

http://www.networkcert.net/xp/insta...


Alternatively, if the computer does not support booting from the NIC, you can use a PXE emulator boot floppy. The boot floppy can be generated using the Remote boot disk-generating utility (rbfg.exe). You can create the disk using the rbfg.exe utility. Insert a blank floppy, type in the path to the rfgb.exe utility (located in the REMINST\Admin\I386 directory) and click create disk. Once the disk is created you can use it to boot the computer.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, Make an autorun.inf folder on all usb drives.


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#2
August 11, 2009 at 13:23:46
Do you have a good reason for wanting XP Pro? What do you think it will give you that XP Home doesn't.
XP Pro is meant for people in an office environment.

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#3
August 11, 2009 at 14:07:07
aegis1, you may want to re-read the origional post ;)

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#4
August 11, 2009 at 15:32:46
Thanks XpUser4Real. I am turning into a very poor reader in my old age. :-)

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#5
August 11, 2009 at 17:48:14
Hi, thanks for the response, I sorry for answering so slow, I
didn't know that you would answer so fast (I asked
somewhere else and it took more than a day to answer).

I don't know if the laptop can boot on USB, it says that can
boot from internal HDD (of course) Cardbus NIC, and
Onboard NIC (I don't know what are NIC).

The laptop doesn't have a floppy drive (pretty messed-up I
know). I'll check the link now to see.

I don't understand that of barts; and if I do try by a network I
wouldn't know what to do because I know nothing about
networks and much less on a computer that doesn't have an
OS.

I have a router and the desktop and laptop both have a
network card but I wouldn't know what to do.

Thanks for the responses and I hope that you could help me.


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#6
August 11, 2009 at 21:01:10
aegis1, no problem, I do it quite often too LOL.

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#7
August 12, 2009 at 13:54:03
If you have NO OS then you need to boot somehow don't you???

"it says that can
boot from internal HDD (of course) Cardbus NIC, and
Onboard NIC (I don't know what are NIC)."

Since you have no os on the hard drive then what is left?

A nic is a network interface card or a network card or lan adapter or such terms.

Basically you will have to learn how to boot the system either by pcmcia or lan. (usb if supported or get a device like cd)
Then you have to learn how to transfer the info to the laptop.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, Make an autorun.inf folder on all usb drives.


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#8
August 12, 2009 at 15:39:08
Ok, it would be much easier if I could just do it by an USB
cd-rom but I don't have one, I would buy one but I don't know
if it would work.

I did put an USB flashdrive and when I put the boot menu the
USB appears there like USB storage device so I would like to
know if I put an external CD driver would it work?

If it doesn't work with USB, how would I be able to do it with
LAN?


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#9
August 18, 2009 at 18:17:01
Hi, thanks to everybody that tried to help me.
It turns out the laptop does boot on USB, the problem was that I
read somewhere else that it doesn't.

So everything is fine now and thanks again for everything.


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