Re-installing windows XP using bootable USB

June 22, 2011 at 05:09:05
Specs: windows XP professional, pentium4 750MB ram
Im planning to reformat my old HDD and install winXP there. i dont have cd-rom so what i did is i make my usb bootable and copied Winxp file in the usb following the step in the USB_multiboot_10 that i've downloaded from the net.
I've followed each and every instructions there and was able to finish the copying of files on my USB. but when i try to restart the pc and havign its boot priority set to removable device followed by cd-rom and then the hard disk. but the problem is i think the pc is not booting with the USB as it still runs the old OS i have there in the HDD.

kindly help please im kinda new in installing OS without cd-rom, and if ever this would be my first time to install OS.


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#1
June 22, 2011 at 05:32:44
Many modern motherboards detect the USB device as a hard drive. On these motherboards, to boot from a USB drive, you don't choose 'Removable Device'. You can probably press a specific key (F2, F10, F11, F12 or ESC; depends on your motherboard) during the system POST to access the 'Boot Menu'. This allows you to choose your USB drive as the first boot device.

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June 22, 2011 at 05:53:09
"boot priority set to removable device followed by cd-rom and then the hard disk"

"Removable Device" isn't necessarily USB. Why is it that you don't have a CD/DVD drive?

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#3
June 22, 2011 at 13:26:23
Do cold power off. Plug in usb. Power up to bios. See if usb shows up under hard drive selections or removable then fix bios to match and save bios. Then let boot to usb.

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