Help in making Custom USB bootable drive to install Win XP

July 3, 2012 at 05:29:09
Specs: Windows XP
Help in making Custom USB bootable drive to install Win XP:

I have a netbook, want to install Win XP (Without any garbage service packs)

Note: Assuming I have files (Windows XP install files without Service Pack) on my hard drive.

Here is the scenario...

I have 2 GB flash drive... I want to make it a bootable USB stick. Then manually copy the Win XP OS files and folders on to the USB stick and then expect installation using USB stick to install XP on netbook... Is this procedure possible.. I see many places where they ask to use a XP CD or an ISO image.. I dont have these.. Can some one help me with what I have requested?

Recap: Make Bootable USB, Copy Win XP file into USB manually, Use USB to install XP...

Appreciate any positive response and suggestions.. Thank you...


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#1
July 3, 2012 at 05:59:03
"I see many places where they ask to use a XP CD or an ISO image.. I dont have these.."

There's not much you can do without having one or the other. We can't help you with that, but Google will show you the way.

Installing Windows XP from a USB key

Service packs are not garbage. They contain updates, security fixes, & performance tweaks. Tests have shown that XP actually performs better/faster after SP3 is installed. And there are numerous programs that will not work without SP3.

But don't forget this: "To install Windows XP SP3, you must first have SP1a or SP2 installed."

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...


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#2
July 3, 2012 at 07:38:42
You know, if you had bothered to search google for "make a bootable USB drive with Windows XP" you'd have been able to answer your own question.

Remember: Google is your friend

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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I am the captain of my soul.

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#3
July 3, 2012 at 08:03:49
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system.

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere..
................

Netbooks that originally had XP on them that have no built in optical drive almost always have a Recovery partition on the original hard drive that has all the data on it that's necessary to re-load everything that was originally on the C partition.

If there is nothing physically wrong with your original hard drive and that Recovery partition is still intact, you can follow a Recovery procedure to re-load everything that was originally on C.

See the Owner's or User's manual for your specific model on the brand name's web site - the Recovery procedure is probably in that - or if not, that info is available elsewhere on the brand name's web site.


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#4
July 3, 2012 at 08:36:38
"Without any garbage service packs" This isn't a good start. The service packs fix some hardware issues as well as security and reliability issues.

I've always just shared a cd drive on a remote computer and use the network to load it. See barts network disk. I think even a bartsPE disk or UBCD4win has the installer for almost any remote cd or iso.

Hang up and live.


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#5
July 3, 2012 at 09:02:45
I'm curious how he expects to do any of this without the XP disc or at least the XP image file?

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#6
July 3, 2012 at 13:57:34
He said
"Assuming I have files (Windows XP install files without Service Pack) on my hard drive."

They can be copied to so place to be mounted as a shared folder and run.

I was wrong in part on the share a cd drive. The same would work to run the install program from any mapped drive. I did also forget to say to map it to a letter.

Hang up and live.


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#7
July 3, 2012 at 16:37:04
Thanks for your replies...

Bottomline is performance. Netbook is Acer Aspire one.

I have used only xp with no sp for 6 years, i no sloutch in that matter.

My question is simple. Reiterated.

Make a bootable usb, copy xp files on usb, will it boot with
Xp install screen?

Plan b, is to throw in the towel, make iso of xp files, worse
Use xp sp2 iso... Must be around somewhere.

Thanks.. Please post other suggestions if available..

Senna196

Ayrton Senna "If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you no longer a racing driver ..."


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#8
July 3, 2012 at 17:21:25
Then I'd say no you can't.

Again no you won't be able to create a bootable xp from only files on a hard drive.

Hang up and live.


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#9
July 3, 2012 at 18:48:01
If your recovery partition is still intact on the original hard drive....

How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program outside of Windows?
http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answer...

Generic User Guide - search for: Restore.

(The software this web site uses to limit the visual space a link takes up in a post does not work properly with the direct link to it, so....)

Acer Support
http://support.acer.com/us/en/defau...
Click on
Netbook
Select Your Product By Model
Aspire One
Your specific model

Since I have no idea what your specific model is, I chose one at random - AOD260

User Guides tab - Generic User Guide (for the Aspire One series)
..............


"Make a bootable usb, copy xp files on usb, will it boot with
Xp install screen?"

As jefro said...
"Again no you won't be able to create a bootable xp from only files on a hard drive."

Similar to what Curt in response 2 said, if you search the web for "install XP from a USB flash drive" or similar, you'll find directions for how to do that, but you MUST have an XP CD, a suitable XP CD, or at least the entire contents of the \i386 folder from a suitable XP CD
..............

"Plan b, is to throw in the towel, make iso of xp files, worse
Use xp sp2 iso... Must be around somewhere."

You usually CANNOT install XP from a CD in USB connected optical drive because the initial files loaded from the CD usually CANNOT recognize the P-n-P ID string of the USB drive, unless it is one of a small number of models that were available when XP was first released.
If those initially loaded files do not recognize the drive's P-n-P ID string, all you see is a blue screen when the CD loads and nothing further happens.

However, if you don't have an XP CD, you could make one from an iso file of an XP CD, but it will only be of use if it's suitable - an OEM one and for the same version of XP as on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the Acer One's case. You have the legitimate right to use the Product Key on that label with XP that is the same OEM version, Home or Pro (it doesn't matter whether it has SPx updates or no SP updates embedded into the iso).

You could use the contents of the \i386 folder from that CD made from the iso file on the otherwise prepared USB flash drive to install XP from that.


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#10
July 4, 2012 at 22:58:05
Question should have been precise

i,have same model and have issues

Netbook has linpus linux , dos would have been better

Can someone post step by step guide,
For acer aspire one d270 to install xp, what
Problems can a recovery partition create?

Thanks - 4xteam


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#11
July 5, 2012 at 14:01:49
4xteam, could you post a new post on your question.

Hang up and live.


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#12
July 5, 2012 at 14:50:06
senna1960 and 4xteam

If you want to Restore the software installation the Aspire One originally came with - this will delete the entire existing contents of the hard drive, if that applies.....

How to recover an Acer Aspire One
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ch...

How to make a bootable USB flash drive with the Recovery DVD contents on it if you have the Recovery DVD that originally came with the Aspire One.
(The operating system on the hard drive does NOT need to be working properly.)

How to use that prepared USB flash drive to reload the original software installation on the hard drive.
........

If you don't have that Recovery DVD

- you can can probably order it from the Acer web site

Pick your country.
http://www.acer.com/worldwide/selec...

I picked United States.

I chose
Support
Support Website

I chose this Top Answer
How do I reinstall the Operating System on my computer?
http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answer...

Click on the blue link for: Acer Recovery Media Order Form in this:

"If the ability to reinstall from the previous method is not available or fails, recovery of the Operating System will need to be from Recovery Media. If you do not have a set of Acer Recovery Media, you may purchase the set online from the Acer Recovery Media Order Form."

The Alt-F10 procedure may not work with your model.
....

If that DVD is not available from Acer, one of these web sites may have it:

http://www.digitalmedia-labs.com/
http://www.restoredisks.com/
http://www.myrecoverycds.com/
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4xteam

"i,have same model and have issues

Netbook has linpus linux"....

"...acer aspire one d270..."

You don't necessarily have the same specific Aspire One model as senna1960 has, and if it originally had Linpus Linux Lite on it, it's even more likely your specific model is not the same.

senna1960 saying he or she has an Aspire One without specifying the specific model is like saying only that a car is a Chevy Impala.
What year, what engine ?

You DO NOT necessarily have to re-load the operating system or the original brand name system software installation from scratch to fix whatever problems you're having in that operating system.. That should be a LAST RESORT ! There are lots of places on the web where you can find out how to fix your problems without having to do that.
(I know very little about any version of Linux.)

There is no such specific model as a Aspire One D720, but there is the AOD720 model.

Downloads and Support Documents
http://support.acer.com/us/en/produ...

Product Family: Netbook
Product Line: Aspire One
Product Model: AOD270

NOTE - the Generic User Guide is not available from there - see the info about getting it from the support downloads for the AOD260 model in response 9.

If your model originally had Windows on it and that's the operating system version you want to go back to, see the first part of this post.

If it DID NOT originally have Windows on it, and you want to install just Windows on it, see the first part of response 1, response 2, and the latter part of response 9
.......

If your model originally came with Linpus Linux Lite on it and you want to restore that software installation
- if you don't have the recovery DVD that originally came with your model, you can probably buy one - see the first part of this post.

- search the web for: aspire one restore linux
or similar

e.g.

Making a ‘Restore Disk’ for the Acer Aspire One
http://scott.sherrillmix.com/blog/p...

Restore image on Acer Aspire One
http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/la...

Reinstalling Linpus Linux on an Aspire One
http://acer--uk.custhelp.com/app/an...


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#13
July 5, 2012 at 19:35:33
My netbook has got no windows.
It has linpus linux preloaded.
I only need to figure out to install xp on it.
It may have a recovery partition.

4xteam - Acer aspire one d270.


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#14
July 5, 2012 at 21:33:47
4xteam

See response 12.

I also sent 3 PMs to you.
See them listed under Your Tracked Posts/Messages top right of this topic or any topic on this web site.


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