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Old 01-02-09, 11:17 AM Thread Starter   #1
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install windows from USB?


I just wanted to know if it was possible to install XP/Vista from a USB drive? My wife is extremely rough on computers.. Broke the cd-rom drive in the Sony Vaio she has. I literally had to ram the drive back in. She broke the railing that made the drive slide in and out somehow, I havent actually tried the drive yet, I'm just assuming its dead. Either way, it doesnt exactly pop in and out anymore. I dont need to do a reinstall right now, but when and if the time comes, can I copy the windows install files to a jump drive and install from it? If I have a, say 8gb usb drive, just copy the install files to the drive, set the boot priority in the bios, and let it boot the jump drive?
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Old 01-02-09, 11:55 AM   #2
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i do not know if this would work
but you could try something like this:
http://www.5starsupport.com/tutorial/xp-recovery-cd.htm

just make sure the does not break the usb ports =D
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Old 01-02-09, 11:58 AM   #3
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While it IS possible to do like that you may not choose that option as it will take quite a while(especially Vista) to install. That is quite a bit longer than a CD or DVD drive will take.

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Old 01-02-09, 12:13 PM   #4
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could you get an external cd drive?
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Old 01-02-09, 12:14 PM   #5
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http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Super-Slim-External-USB-Portable-24x-CD-ROM-Drive_W0QQitemZ260304696876QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_ Drives_Storage_Internal?hash=item260304696876&_trk sid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234|66%3A2|65%3A1 2|39%3A1|240%3A1308|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50
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Old 01-02-09, 12:40 PM   #6
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^^^ @ kevlar93... you need to enclose the link in URL tags:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Super-Slim-External-USB-Portable-24x-CD-ROM-Drive_W0QQitemZ260304696876QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_ %20Drives_Storage_Internal?hash=item260304696876&_ trk%20sid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234|66%3A2| 65%3A1%202|39%3A1|240%3A1308|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3 A50

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I just wanted to know if it was possible to install XP/Vista from a USB drive?
Just one of many sites that explain how to do it...

How to install Windows Vista from a USB Flash Drive
http://www.otgnet.com/Content/Defaul...all,Title=3764

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Old 01-02-09, 12:47 PM   #7
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^^^ @ kevlar93... you need to enclose the link in URL tags:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Super-Slim-E...3%3A1|294%3A50

OK
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Old 01-02-09, 01:37 PM   #8
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It works, I have a few patriot xt drives laying around so I figured I'd make use of one and see if it really worked using the same guide that I found on a different site, only took about 20 min to install ultimate from start to finish which is way faster than what it takes using the dvd

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Old 01-02-09, 11:34 PM Thread Starter   #9
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Nice.. thanks for the replies guys..

For the replies mentioning purchasing an external cd drive, I realize that, that is an option, but this is an old laptop. I will be buying her a new one soon, and this one will become mine. I plan on getting another laptop at some point for myself, but I may stick linux on it or reinstall windows on it just to have something to play with. I dont wanna put more money in it because its prob not worth it
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