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How to install Windows from USB- WinSetupFromUSB with GUI

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If I missed this skimming through this thread my apologies, but is it possible to reuse a usb stick prepared with WinSetupfromUsb without redoing the source and boot files after completing an installation?

Yes, you can use your USB-stick for future installations without doing any special thing.

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The reason I ask is that when I install from a hard drive, the ~BT and ~LS dirs are only temporary and eventually get deleted by setup when it's done with them. I would assume that this will also happen to the USB stick if I install from that. Is there a way around this so that I can use it over again just like a CD?

The "idea" is right, but ways were found to avoid the deleting. :thumbup

A prepared stick can be re-used any number of times. :)

If you are interested in the "HOW it's done", take some time reading the "historical thread:

http://www.msfn.org/board/boot-install-usb-key-t61384.html

Some other info/ideas are in these threads:

http://www.msfn.org/board/win-nt-bt-can-om...03.html&hl=

http://www.msfn.org/board/move-xatsp-and-x...28.html&hl=

Hi All!

Is it possible to install WinXP from 16Gb USB-flash?

I had successfully installed this OS from 4Gb and 8Gb USB-flash, but can't do this from 16Gb :wacko:

Which "symptoms" do you have on the 16 Gb?

First thing that comes to mind is that you are going over the CHS boundary when going over 8 Gb.

Is it a problem of booting the stick?

Which filesystem are you using?

jaclaz

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Which "symptoms" do you have on the 16 Gb?

WinSetupFromUSB say that it couldn't backup MBR.

Is it a problem of booting the stick?

no, I couldn't even place a WinXP distributive to it (see my first answer)

Which filesystem are you using?

FAT32

I have tried NTFS and it worked! Thank you for your helping question!

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FAT32

I have tried NTFS and it worked! Thank you for your helping question!

Happy it worked :), though cannot say WHY. :unsure:

Maybe I got it right (by chance), but there seems to be a misunderstanding.

The NTFS vs. FAT32 should work IF the stick had been partitioned properly and formatted with FAT32 AND it did not boot properly.

The:

WinSetupFromUSB say that it couldn't backup MBR.

Sounds more like a stick formatted as superfloppy (i.e. not partitioned).

If it now works with NTFS, it should work as well if re-formatted as FAT32.

In case:

http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?...=8528&st=21

jaclaz

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btw. fyi - the problem with grubinst.exe and not being able to backup the boot sector is probably happening when one has too many harddrives.

the grubinst seems to be able to only handle harddrives 0-9 and not 10. at least that was the problem for me - worked like a charm on my notebook and not on my desktop pc where the usb stick was hd10.

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btw. fyi - the problem with grubinst.exe and not being able to backup the boot sector is probably happening when one has too many harddrives.

the grubinst seems to be able to only handle harddrives 0-9 and not 10. at least that was the problem for me - worked like a charm on my notebook and not on my desktop pc where the usb stick was hd10.

Yes :), this is documented:

http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=5897

(but it should have been fixed) :unsure:

Are you sure you are using latest version? (Limit should be 20 now)

jaclaz

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Hi,

Firstly, thanks for this great tool :)

Is it possible to add xpsetup and WAREZ ?

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Ok, i installed the latest version of winsetupfromusb. I extracted files from windowsxp iso file to a folder [WINXP]. I think first i need to format my usb with the use of rmprepusb, but what options do i have to choose? Is this ok?:

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Ok, i installed the latest version of winsetupfromusb. I extracted files from windowsxp iso file to a folder [WINXP]. I think first i need to format my usb with the use of rmprepusb, but what options do i have to choose? Is this ok?:

Yes. :)

(if you want a NTFS partition)

On a small stick FAT16 will do allright, anyway.

NTFS is faster:

http://www.msfn.org/board/fat16-vs-fat32-v...ck-t125116.html

but increases the numbers of write cycles, taht should not be a problem for a USB stick that is used only for install, however.

jaclaz

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Ok bit confused,

I made a couple of request for help posts, that got deleted... with no explanation as to why.

Have I offended someone by asking for help?

edit: doh, that will teach me to wahct the whole forum, not just one thread ;o) Posts got split out.

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Ok bit confused,

I made a couple of request for help posts, that got deleted... with no explanation as to why.

Have I offended someone by asking for help?

edit: doh, that will teach me to wahct the whole forum, not just one thread ;o) Posts got split out.

Yep, I tend to split help requests that I foresee (even without my crystall ball ;)) won't be resolved in one single reply or two, to keep the present thread as "general" as possible and have as many "specific" threads as possible, so that info is easier to find later or by other users that may get the same problem.

jaclaz

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Hey all!

I got some problem there, everything is okay till I get the "select partition menu".

It just shows my USB Stick, it doesn't show the others one, the C: which got Windows Seven and D: which has all my data and documents.

I tried everything, edditing boot.ini but it's still showing just the USB Stick Partition.

Can anyoby help me?

Thanks for all!

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Hi,

1st thank you to those that have made this tool possible.

1. I still have not figured out how to add more than one Win OS in USB. In the readme it states that one can add up to 10.

2. I have successfully installed UBCD4Win. However, when I run it on my dell mini10 2GB RAM, it freezes upon boot. But, it loads fine in other desktops.

3. Is it possible to add several Win OS's and UBCD4Win all in one USB? If so could you point me in the right direction?

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1) From \WinSetupFromUSB\Docs\HOW-TOs.txt:

NOTE: Program can add multiple Windows sources to the USB disk (up to 10). Just run the program again and follow the prompts.

Program will detect existing Setup files and on the prompt will tell you what to press to add another source, patching the previous one.

2) At what stage it freezes? What's the last thing you see in the screen?

3) Yep, just add all those windows setups as per above and at some point UBCD4Win as well, order I think does not matter, could be even simultaneously with one of the windows sources.

@mehboob

Thanks, will add it as a mirror.

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@bozo8787

Maybe to clarify, you do not add "several installs" in "one pass", you re-run the program from start for each source you want to add.

It's an "incremental" kind of "building".

jaclaz

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hello i'm a new french user on this topic

i've proceed with the WinSetupFromUSB_0-2-3.exe : i've formatted an externel usb drive seagate 100 Go with NTFS and reboot for the first step

the windows setup begin but end with the messe "\Windows can't be created'

what's the problem please ?

thanks

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1) What Windows version did you put on it?

2) Did you select/move the radio button FIXED/REMOVABLE usb disk type? It should be on FIXED for your case.

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To grub4dos boot menu?

Just add this to menu.lst on the USB disk:

title Boot from first internal disk
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
map --hook
chainloader (hd0)+1
rootnoverify (hd0)

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Hi,

Trying to install new WinXPPro on the Asus Eee 1005HA (on the 2. free partition), where I have already systems WinXpHome (1. partittion) and Ubuntu (3. extended partition) I found the next problem, what is probably the fault of BIOS. The actual boot manager is GRUB from linux in the MBR.

I formatted my Kingston 1Gb pendrive with RMPrepUSB, options Boot as HDD / XP bootable.

Settings in WinSetupFromUSB:

- Force target disc drive: Removable

- BOOT.INI adjustments: DiskNR 0, PartitionNr 2

At copying boot files get a message about problem around installing GRUB (log bellow), but it finishes the full process (copying Win files, etc.)


2009/11/09 03:38:21- Checking if grub4dos is installed properly
2009/11/09 03:38:21- grub4dos BS/MBR and files are NOT installed properly
2009/11/09 03:38:21- Installing grub4dos BS/MBR and files
2009/11/09 03:38:21- Backing up MBR of disk #1
2009/11/09 03:38:21- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\files\grub4dos\grubinst.exe -s=mbrdisk1-20091109-033439.dat -t (hd1)
2009/11/09 03:38:23- Backed up MBR of disk #1
2009/11/09 03:38:23- Backing up BootSector of disk #1 partition #0
2009/11/09 03:38:25- Backed up BootSector of disk #1 partition #0
2009/11/09 03:38:25- Checking for grldr string in BootSector of disk #1 partition #0
2009/11/09 03:38:27- Saved BootSector of disk #1 partition #0
2009/11/09 03:38:28- Grub4dos bootsector not found
2009/11/09 03:38:28- Checking for grldr string in MBR of disk #1
2009/11/09 03:38:30- Saved MBR of disk #1
2009/11/09 03:38:31- Grub4dos MBR not found
2009/11/09 03:38:31- Installing grub4dos bootsector to (hd1,0)
2009/11/09 03:38:31- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\files\grub4dos\grubinst.exe (hd1,0)
2009/11/09 03:38:35- Checking for grldr string in BootSector of disk #1 partition #0
2009/11/09 03:38:37- Saved BootSector of disk #1 partition #0
2009/11/09 03:38:38- Grub4dos bootsector not found
2009/11/09 03:38:38- Could not install grub4dos bootsector
2009/11/09 03:38:42- Installing grub4dos MBR to (hd1)
2009/11/09 03:38:42- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\files\grub4dos\grubinst.exe (hd1)
2009/11/09 03:38:46- Checking for grldr string in MBR of disk #1
2009/11/09 03:38:48- Saved MBR of disk #1
2009/11/09 03:38:49- Grub4dos MBR found
2009/11/09 03:38:49- Copying grldr
2009/11/09 03:38:50- Copying menu.lst
2009/11/09 03:38:50- Copying default
2009/11/09 03:38:50- grub4dos installed

After reboot in BIOS I set the boot order:

- removable

- hard disk (sees 2 hard disks: the original Hitachi and the prepared USB pendrive)

Unfortunately at hard disk selection I can only choose BETWEEN Hitachi and USB and not to SET ORDER.

So if I set Hitachi the boot order looks like

- removable

- Hitachi

In this case NOTHING happens, as if no USB device connected (starts the old Linux GRUB)

If I select USB as Hard disk then the boot order is

- removable

- USB

In this case starts the Win setup process, but the Setup program only sees the USB drive/partition and not the Hitachi partitions where should be install the new WinXPPro

In both case the first "removable" parameter as boot device has no effect, everything depends what I set up (as a second boot device) for hard disk (Hitachi or prepared USB)

I hope my problem is understandable (because of my poor English) and somebody have solution for my problem.

Thanks in advance

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It's not clear WHEN the internal hard disk is not seen.

Try this: boot from the USB device and press "c" at the grub4dos choices.

You will get to the grub4dos command prompt.

Type in it

find (

and press [TAB] key.

You should see a (hd0) and a (hd1) devices.

Has the source the drivers (SATA) for the internal hard disk integrated, right? :unsure:

jaclaz

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The BIOS Boot Settings section is

(A) Boot device priority

1st boot device Removable device

2nd boot device HDD: Hitachi <<<< this value depends from the next setting

(B) Hard disk drives

1st drive HDD: Hitachi

2nd drive USB: Kingston

(If pendrive isn't plugged in then no choice available)

So, if I choose HDD:Hitachi at (B) Hard disk drives as a (A) 2nd boot device then nothing happens, as if no USB device connected (starts the old boot process)

If I choose USB:Kingston at (B) Hard disk drives as a (A) 2nd boot device then starts the boot process from pendrive, but when the setup process ask where to install the system, it shows only the pendrives partition as possible choice.

GRUB4DOS displax hd0 hd1 and rd as possible disks

... and SATA drivers for the internal hard disk isn't integrated into Windows (original WinXP+SP3 used as source)

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