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I have a bookmark to the thread on booting XP from USB - ultimately successful. However, this page no longer appears to exist, and searching for 'USB' throws no results - can anyone tell me what happened to it? Sorry if I'm being exceptionally dim!!

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rickytheanuj

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Booting xp frm USB? Yes, it is possible. but installing xp from usb.. aaa.. e.e.er.....


i don't think it can be done..... ahhha..

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Booting xp frm USB? Yes, it is possible. but installing xp from usb.. aaa.. e.e.er.....


i don't think it can be done..... ahhha..


You can install from usb but not directly, I mean you can boot xp from usb (bartpe) and after you install windows like "winnt /syspart ...."

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Hey guys, take a deep breath, and start revising your opinion on this, it is PERFECTLY possible to install XP from USB.

@wrayal

The topic is here:
http://www.msfn.org/...showtopic=61384

Quick links to various releases of the tutorials:
http://www.msfn.org/...o...1384&st=128
http://www.msfn.org/...o...1384&st=154
http://www.msfn.org/...o...1384&st=178
http://www.msfn.org/...o...1384&st=199

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/me Deep breath taken :P I must update my knowledge about 'usb' things, there are too many things to update ^^ Thanks for info jaclaz

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Thanx guys for ur tips. Now i m interested on this too.. so i will try it ...


Thanks 2 u 2 increase my knowledge

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efong

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How about installing XP x64 from USB... Anyone successfully install x64 version using USB?

I would like to know

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effgee

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I have successfully accomplished this install using the guide.
A few notes,


Stock XP VLK install works seamlessly.
I first attempted using the Grub bootloader, works fine.
Now I am using the extracted bootsector, renamed to skip using GRUB and boot directly from NTLDR into the TXTMODE SETUP.
This process was posted by ilko_t here
http://www.msfn.org/...376#entry671376
Also works fine.

Here's the next problem.
Trying to install a custom XP build. RVM/NLITE/YADAYADA

Addon most of the current hotfixes and extras such as WMP11 and IE7.

Important note about Nlite and RVM customized XPs for USB.
Make sure to use
winnt32 /makelocalsource:all /unattend:winnt.sif /noreboot
The /unattend:winnt.sif makes sure that the nlite version of the winnt.sif is used.
Yes, you still have to edit it and remove the [Unattended] section.
I didn't at first and because it didn't give me the choice of which disk / partition to use,
it said my drive F: (usb disk) was corrupt and unfixable.



First problem - SOLVED
During TXTMODE it asks for the Windows XP SP2 Disc 2 -
This is fixed using /makelocalsource:all
The guide needs to reflect that.
While using this switch, there was a bunch of missing files (for Tablet PC and Media Center? versions.) I skipped those files.

Second problem - SOLVED - but needs some work.

Second problem, during textmode it asks for quite a few dlls and files that are MISSING from the /makelocalsource:all copy.
These files are present in my i386 (nlited and rvmi) source directory.
A few of them are , kbdhc.dll , kbdiultn.dll , kbdnepr.dll and more.
I solved this by copying all of the .dll files from my i386 (nlited and rvmi) source in to the $WIN_NT$.~LS directory on my USB stick. I did not overwrite files.

Then setup gets a bit further and starts to ask for some driver files. Specifically amdk6.sys and amdk7.sys

To fix this I extracted driver.cab and copied the entire thing into my $WIN_NT$.~LS directory as well. Once again I did not overwrite files.

At this point the installation is continuing.
Can someone tell me why these steps are necessary ? Did I do something wrong?
Also I have been following the whole process in all the various threads, I still don't understand what the binifix is for? Can someone explain?

Edited by effgee, 16 October 2007 - 11:12 AM.


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silacomalley

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Oh...Oooohhhh.....

This sounds like it could be a repeat of said thread referenced above by jaclaz.

I do hope so, I enjoyed following the USB install thread very much and rely on that project in my work place.




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