Installation by using external CD drive

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May 19, 2009 at 05:41:28
Specs: Windows XP Home, 1.6 GHz 1 GB
I am not a computer expert so baby language please. I recently bought an Advent netbook with Windows Home XP. I wish to install Windows XP Pro. The netbook has no CD Rom so I have bought an external one with a Nero CD software. I'm feeling a bit stupid but how do I use the Nero CD to install the Windows XP Pro CD when I have taken off the Windows Home programme?

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May 19, 2009 at 06:07:37
What do you think XP Pro will do for you that Home won't?

Does the bios of the system support booting from a USB device? I'm not sure XP setup can work that way even if USB booting is supported.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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May 19, 2009 at 06:08:57
... there are many ways to skin a cat!... in this case this is how I would go about it..... TO "upgrade" from xp home to XP Pro:

... I take it the external cd/dvd drive can be "seen" by your Windows... stick in the xp pro cd... then open "My Computer" right click it option open (or double click)

... go to cd drive icon which has xp pro right click it option "open"...(do'nt double click)

... now look for the folder called "i386" right click it and a drop down menu will appear select the option "copy"...

... close the cd window...(<< optional.....but leave the cd in!...)

... now right click C:\ icon option "open" ... now make sure that there is "not" another copy of a folder called i386...

... now click an empty space in the C:\ "paste" (from drop down menu)

... this will make a copy of i386 folder and contents from your cd to "c:\ may take a few minutes.

... once copied open the new i386 folder (in c:\ drive right click option open)

... in the new i386 folder look for the file called "winnt32"..(winnt32.exe)

... right click that file option "open".....this will start the installation process.

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
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May 19, 2009 at 06:36:21
Reply to Response 1 (Richard59). Thank you. The reason for the up-grade is the office network system is Windows XP Pro and I thought, rightly or wrongly, that it would afford better interaction with it.

The Bios shows 2 drives, a SATA one and a USB multi?

Reply to Response 2 (Mavis007). Thank you for the detailed reply which has got me scratching my head, even though I can see you have tried to make it simple for me.

I don't know whether this makes a difference but what I have done is this: bought the external CD/DVD drive with software disc. and bought a full installation disc for Windows XP pro (because I couldn't find an upgrade one). I have not yet uninstalled Windows Home from the netbook because I am frightened of doing too much until I have it worked out what to do. It is in the process that I suddenly thought what would happen if I uninstall Windows Home, how would I then install the software disc for the external CD drive so that I can then install the Windows Pro? I am sure I am missing something but know not what.

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May 19, 2009 at 06:49:10
Is office network a domain or workgroup? If it is a workgroup XP Home will be OK. If it is a domain then you need pro to access the domain

"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."
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May 19, 2009 at 06:57:03
I do not know about Netbooks. My thought is everyone should learn everything about their computer before and after paying out the cost.
How are you able to Reinstall XP if you had to ???
How would you be able to install XP if your Harddrive goes bad ??

I would Register the computer with its Maker. Then you would have free Tech Support. Then I would call them.
Before hand, write down every question that is on your mind.

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May 19, 2009 at 07:13:00
Another thought ---
Plug in the CD drive, insert the XP Pro CD,
then Restart the computer. See if the drive works, and CD starts up. Then you can do a "Cancel".

CD Drive may have its Drivers preinstalled within the drive. Therefore the computer would not need any drivers.

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May 19, 2009 at 08:07:02
... if you follow "Response Number 2" ...steps

... you will recieve an option to "upgrade"

... if you need to ponder some more I can elaborate on further points that may trouble you.

.... "you should have the choice to upgrade (this is without losing any current data)

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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May 19, 2009 at 09:13:28
Reply to Response 4 (dippncope): not sure about whether domain or workgroup. I'll check. Thanks.

Reply to Response 5&6 (chuck2):Thanks

Reply to Response 7 (Mavis007): I think I'll have a go on this, thank you.

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May 19, 2009 at 13:19:28
Hopefully you asked at work about this. They may or may not like the idea.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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May 19, 2009 at 13:41:41
... its always a good idea to "back-up" data anyway esp before doing anything major.

... you more than likely will lose the xp updates

... so back-up all those love letters etc

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
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May 20, 2009 at 19:12:16
If I can....most netbooks have a bios option to boot to external (other) device.

To ebter the BIOS (set up it is usually shown at the initial start up of the computer by using a specific key....Del, F1, F2, etc.
If it is not listed at boot look it up on the manual. Once in the BIOS check out the boot options that are available....even though there may not be a floppy or cd/dvd drive the boot options should still be available.

Once the boot option choice is made you should be able to boot to the external cd/dvd drive and install from it.

Change Is Good

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May 29, 2009 at 07:51:05
Reply to Response 10 (mavis007).

Just to let you know your instructions worked fine. Thank you.

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May 29, 2009 at 09:04:43
..."softwire" .... thx makes me feel better.....

... for future ref: ...write down your product key

... and leave the "i386" were it is...

... any future "major" problems "may" be solved by tapping "F8" key then selecting command prompt and navigating to i386 folder... commands as follows:
cd\ [press ENTER]

cd i386 [press ENTER]

winnt [press ENTER]
...Note winnt...."not" winnt32

... and select... XP Repair install

.... all the best !!

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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May 29, 2009 at 09:35:54
Reply to Response 13 (Mavis007):

How do you know all this stuff?

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May 29, 2009 at 09:48:43
... in my case "trial n error" ... lol

... easier when someone shows you "how" !

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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June 15, 2009 at 05:08:10
To: Mavis007

Sorry to take your time again, (is your name Mavis by the way?), but I think I've got myself a bit of my depth. The installation disc for Windows XP Pro is knocking out the proprietary management software on the Advent netbbok (bluetooth, wireless, broadband connection facilities etc). It seems, to my inexpert eye, that the harddrive has been partitoned, to allow for this, but when I try the recovery software facility it brings it all back to Windows Home (i.e deinstalling XP Pro).

The people where I bought it from do not seem to really know what they are talking about. Is there anything I can do, or do I have to accept that I can't have both the proprietary software and the XP Pro (the latter of which the people at work are saying that I need to connect into the work domain).

Sorry about bothering you again, it's just that you seem to know what you're doing.

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June 15, 2009 at 09:07:06
... if you use your recovery partition software... then yes it will wipe off everything and slap in xp home again ... depending on how this recovery is configured there may be options to update the recovery with incremental(?) back-ups of what you have.

... you could try reinstalling the drivers again for Lan, WLan + bluetooth*# bearing in mind they were created for xp "Home" ... these "may" work in Pro(?)

"... The Advent 4213 is basically a rebadged ECS G10IL .."

... Source << click this is very usefull for you!

... you may need some of these >> ECS G10IL Driver DOWNLOAD*#

... download for connection manager not available but there may be a way round this!

... copy the complete folder of connection manager eg C:\Program Files\name of folder ... to another device eg ..whatever... (there may be another folder that depends on installation C:\Program Files\Common Files...maybe not!)

... use a back-up driver tool this ones free:

.. save the drivers to onother device.

... when "pro" is back "on" copy the folder(s) + contents of connection manager back and its drivers from other device.

... you'll have to experiment ... time!

. ... connection manager plus other programs might be available @ another location check C:\Applications <<<folder or anything similar


"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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June 15, 2009 at 09:42:34
Reply to Response no.17 (mavis007):

Thanks, it sounds horrendous.

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June 15, 2009 at 09:43:49
USB recovery

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
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