run windows from cd or usb

Dell Latitude d600
May 9, 2011 at 19:39:58
Specs: Windows , 800 MHz / 386mb
i have a hp pavilion n5450 laptop and is it possible to run windows from a usb flash drive and i mean a simple version of windows like 95 or 98 somewhere is that area would be nice i have no hard drive for this computer so this would be nice to have till i get a new hard drive.

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#1
May 10, 2011 at 01:15:36
... this does'nt answer your main question but you could just bootup with a live cd (desktop) and use that for the time being!

http://www.livecdlist.com/
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#2
May 10, 2011 at 06:26:11
Get a Linux Live CD & use that. Your specs are fairly weak so I suggest using the latest version of Puppy.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...


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#3
May 11, 2011 at 11:40:54
"Supposedly" running from a USB drive (assuming you can boot from it) can be done:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qd7...

But I'd be a little wary of both where he got the Win98boot.zip file and multiple problems mentioned in the comments. Use at your own risk.

Running Win98 from CD would be nearly impossible, since the CD files would be "locked" and nothing could be written to it. There is, however, a Win98 Live project:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/140...

Personally, I agree with the comments above. A live Linux distro (I prefer NimbleX), would be a simple download and burning of the ISO file to CD. If the machine has enough RAM, you could even run the entire OS from RAM (though the "386MB" you mention in your specs would significantly limit your choices).

But it could simply be less trouble (and maybe even cheaper in the long run) to get a new hard drive.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
May 12, 2011 at 17:16:58
ok ill try linux

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#5
May 12, 2011 at 19:24:08
"ok ill try linux"

Make sure you choose a distro that's "live" (runs from CD).

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#6
May 13, 2011 at 07:00:51
"Make sure you choose a distro that's "live" (runs from CD)"

And make sure to choose one that will work with your low spec machine. In other words, I wouldn't bother trying Ubuntu.


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#7
May 13, 2011 at 10:46:05
"And make sure to choose one that will work with your low spec machine."

Good point.

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