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jerryd

ISO to USB

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MSFN forum,

Windows XP Home Edition version 2002 SP3

I've been posting on the nLite site of this forum but now

I think this site is more appropiate.

I used nLite to construct an iso file for Windows XP with

all MS updates included.

Now I want to copy the iso file to a flash drive and make that

flash drive bootable so I can boot from it or load WIndows on

a new HD. I tried PEBuilder but the peinst.cmd wouldn't

recognize the iso file.

Any suggestions?

jerryd

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Manufacturer dosn't support this approach. There is no general solution.

Try one of the sticky solutions.

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MSFN forum,

From all your responses I see my current approach wasn't

going work. I found WinSetupFromUSB on the internet and

used it to re-constructed a bootable flash drive.

All the correct files seem to be on the flash drive.

Now when I power up and hit the f12 key to get the

"one time boot menu" I select USB. This just gets

me to a grub> prompt. If type boot it asks me to

load the Kernel. ??

jerryd

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All the correct files seem to be on the flash drive.

It seems like not. (see below)

Now when I power up and hit the f12 key to get the

"one time boot menu" I select USB. This just gets

me to a grub> prompt.

This means that grub4dos cannot find file menu.lst.

If type boot it asks me to

load the Kernel. ??

Sure, that is expected and "normal".

WHICH version of WindsetupfromUSB are you testing?

WHAT the heck do you mean "I found on the internet? Winsetupfrom USB is here on MSFN:

and you were pointed to it.

Try again, using the 1.0 beta 7 version.

Partition/format again the USB stick using RMPREPUSB.

Try, INSTEAD of using F12 to change the boot device order in BIOS.

jaclaz

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jaclaz,

I downloaded and installed WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 beta7.

I ran RMPREPUSB to format the USB selecting

XP/BartPE bootable NTLDR and NTFS and then clicked on

6 Prepare Drive. It runs to completion with no errors.

When I exit RMPREPUSB there is a message at the bottom

of the WinSetupFromUSB tool the reads 3844MB Not ready...

I checked the properties of this drive with windows and

it looks correct.

I removed the USB and re-installed it but when re-start

WinSetupFormUSB I got the same message.

I tried it again specifying Fat32 , same problem.

Getting closer but stuck again.

jerryd

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When I exit RMPREPUSB there is a message at the bottom

of the WinSetupFromUSB tool the reads 3844MB Not ready...

I checked the properties of this drive with windows and

it looks correct.

Hmmmm.

Which OS are you running? (like XP or Vista :ph34r: or 7)

Have you tried using the RMPRPUSB testing facilities on the drive?

Which EXACT settings did you chose in RMPREPUSB?

You want to choose:

  • XP/WinPEv1/BartPE bootable [NTLDR]
  • Filesystem (FAt32 or nTFS should equally do)
  • Boot as HDD (C: 2PTNS)

Then close Winsetupfrom USB and start it again, then run it on the already partitioned/formatted stick.

Then post the LOG of WinsetupfromUSB.

jaclaz

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When I exit RMPREPUSB there is a message at the bottom

of the WinSetupFromUSB tool the reads 3844MB Not ready...

The Not ready ... message might be a bit confusing, but simply means there is more to be done.

It means you have to Select your XP Setup source and then it turns to Ready and you can press GO

:)

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MSFN forum,

Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP3

When I exited RMPRPUSB the "GO" button was grayed out.

UPDATE!

In the WinSetupFromUSB window I had checked the

"Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup box and typed in the

path to the source files. I eventually figured out

that I had to actually click on the "browse" box and

navagate to the path and click open. Then the "GO"

button was highlighted. Ran to completion, no errors.

When I booted from the USB I got a Grub4Dos menu that

asked if I wanted to install windows or boot. Boot

worked and I assume install will also.

Here's an explaination of the entire project.

My laptop is a super light that came with a read only

external optical drive. I have an original Windows

XP SP3 CD.

Steps:

1. Copy everything from the Windows CD to a file.

2. Integrate all MS updates into the I386 folder in that file.

3. Construct a bootable and installable USB flash drive

containing an updated version of Windows.

If anyone cares here's the details.

First copy all the files from the Windows CD to a

file in your HD. I named it winxp. Remove the

Windows CD, it's no longer needed. Note the size

of the I386 folder in winxp for reference later.

Next download and extract UDC-03.13.12.zip from

http://xdot.tk/updates.html and double click on the

batch file.

This will download all the MS Hotfix, Add-ons and Update

Packs to a folder called UDC-03.13.12.

Note: The folder name will reflect the current date.

Next download and installed nLite. When you run nLite

it will first ask for the location of the Windows

installation. In my case it's c:\winxp. Click next

and nLite will display information about your windows

installation CD. Click next and decide if you want to

"import other or load previous settings". I skiped this

step. Click next to get the "Task Selection" menu. Click

on "Hot Fixes, Add-ons and Update Packs" and click next.

At the Hotfix, Add-ons and Update Packs menu click on

insert and then browse to and open the UDC-03.13.12(name

will change depending on the date you downloaded). This

folder should be full of windows update files. I found

2 files in this folder I had to delete:

WindowsXP-WindowsMedia-KB2378111-x86-ENU.exe

and Copy of Adobe.Flash.Player-v11.1.102.63.cab.

Also delete the Obselete folder if it's present.

Now click on the first file name and hold down the shift

key, navigate to and click on last file name and let up

on the shift key. This should highlight all the files in

this folder. Click Open. All the file names should now

be in the nLite window. Click next and answer yes to

"Do you want to start the process". On my system this took

a long, long time. When it's done note the size of the

I386 folder in winxp. It should be many MB larger since

all the updtates are now integrated into it.

Now download and unzip WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 beta7. This is

a .7Z file so you may need to download some decompression

application. I used WinZip.

Insert a flash drive that's at least a couple of GB. Mine

was 4GB. Start WinSetupFormUSB and follow the directions here:

http://myeeeguides.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/winsetupfromusb-install-windows-xp-from-usb-flash-drive/

Before clicking on the "GO" button I had to turn off my

AV(avast) or I got an error message.

There are probably other ways to do this but this worked

for me.

Hope this helps someone.

Thanks for all the replies.

jerryd

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