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16-Jun-2010, 11:20 PM #1
Solved: Cannot install Windows XP from USB using unetbootin
I have always had Ubuntu Studio on my little netbook and it was not until now that I need Windows on it for school. I am having the hardest time installing it. The steps I have taken so far are:

1. Booted from live USB and used Gparted to delete all linux partitions and created a FAT32 partition with my whole hard drive.

2. Used Unetbootin to create a USB bootable Windows XP because I do not have a DVD/CD-Rom drive on my machine.

3. Reboot machine with USB stick in and enter F12 for boot menu and pick USB Flash memory.

4. A screen comes up like what is normal for a Unetbootin made USB with only one option being "default", as usual there is a 10 second count down at the bottom that will select by default after time expires. When I click on default it does nothing and the timer resets. If I do not do anything and let the timer countdown reach 0, it does nothing and starts over.

I am not super smart at computers, I have just always used linux for my photography and editing because all the tools are great and free! However, as for knowing how to use a linux OS I really have no idea. It seems like everyone suggests that Linux has made it so my computer does not recognize the boot info of windows based files so naturally it wont see the USB and maybe that is why it is not working right. I did delete it all, but maybe there is more I need to do? I have searched forums and nothing seems to work.

I really need Windows for my summer quarter of college and I would be much appreciative if someone would help me out.

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17-Jun-2010, 04:22 AM #2
1) What happens if you take out the USB stick and then reboot?

2) Have you set the BIOS so that it boots from the Hard Disk first, rather than USB?

3) If you are having Microsoft Windows only, instead of dual booting, it should have created a new Microsoft Windows MBR (Master Boot Record) and there should be no problem
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17-Jun-2010, 09:44 PM #3
If I take the USB out and reboot it gives me an all black screen and some error with grub. The only thing it will boot is a linux based live USB. It does not recognize windows is what it seems like.

Perhaps I am not deleting all of linux? If you had Ubuntu on your computer and wanted to wipe all clean and install windows what would you do? Maybe I just did not delete it fully is all.
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17-Jun-2010, 10:04 PM #4
It does boot one USB (Linux) but not another (Windows). Indication is that there is something wrong with the USB that does not boot.
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17-Jun-2010, 10:45 PM #5
I have tried with 3 different USBs. And two of them are brand new barely a day old. I really do not think it is the USB. Perhaps maybe the way I am putting Windows on it to make a bootable USB. I used Unetbootin to make a bootable USB. It works flawlessly when I do it with any Linux distro I have tried.

It is quite frustrating...
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17-Jun-2010, 11:14 PM #6
If you get an USB external CD drive, you should be able to install from cds.
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18-Jun-2010, 08:22 AM #7
So there is no way to do this other than a USB CD drive? I am a broke college girl. I really do not have extra money to spend on computer stuff. I have another PC and an ethernet cord. Could I possibly use my other PCs ethernet cord to connect the two to transfer an OS via CD drive or my other HD? My other PCs specs are (if it matters)

Intel i7 950
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18-Jun-2010, 09:08 AM #8
Dangerous ground here for one license to be used on two different computer!

In any case I couldn't help to ask what make you think a Xp can be installed from a USB device? The Internet information suggests quite a bit of work involved not just use UNetbootin. Without modification only later Vista and Win7 can be boot from a USB flash drive.
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18-Jun-2010, 09:38 AM #9
no I didnt mean use 2 of the same serial codes. I have the original Windows Product number on Windows 7, but have a disk for Windows 7 update for my other PC. I still have 2 Windows keys and only using one Windows. I also have my old XP serial code from my older desktop which is not in use. I would love to put 7 back on there, but I just thought I would try XP because when I tried 7 it did not work.

I do have a Windows 7 upgrade disk that can work as a full install as well and I have the old Windows key that was on the Windows 7 previously on the netbook. Only issue is I do not have it on a USB.

If I made an ISO out of the upgrade disk, how would one go about getting it to a bootable USB? You say Unetbootin is not all that is needed? What other things are needed to do this? I would love to know. I was told Unetbootin works and I tried it with an ISO I made of my upgrade/full install disk but it did the same thing as XP does. Something is not right with deleting Linux it seems like.

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18-Jun-2010, 09:52 AM #10
I have been pre-occupied with putting 4 Vista and Windows 7 installation DVD into one flash drive and wrote this thread.

I can confirm using Grub you can boot as many Ivsta and Win7 in a USB flash drive. The limit is the capacity of the flash drive.

As far as I am aware Xp does not support similar arrangement.

You do need a Win7 installation DVD to make the partition inside the flash drive bootable but this can be done at any computer with any installation DVD as long it fits your version. This means a 32-bit Vista or Win7 can do all 32-bit systems but you need a 64-bit DVD to do all the 64-bit systems.

The process of making a flash drive bootable with a Win7 inside involves executing the bootsect.exe available in every \boot directory of an installation DVD. You can achieve the same thing by bring the flash drive to a PC with Win7 as it can run bootsect.exe.

Haven't tried UNetbootin myself but I read its description that it can operates in WIndows to download an iso, place it in a partition and do the linkage to make it boot. That is alright with an Linux iso but not with a XP which is a proprietary system with no free download. Linux iso works because everyone will have a CD-based boot loader isolinux but some also shipped with syslinux which is a boot loader for hard disks, floppies and flash drives. The work carried out by UNetbootin can be done manually by a user.

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18-Jun-2010, 12:16 PM #11
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Perhaps maybe the way I am putting Windows on it to make a bootable USB.
That's what I meant to say, but worded it extremely poorly and inadequately.

I hope this latest information from saikee will lead to success for you. You can use a CD/DVD drive from another machine, but you cannot boot from a remote drive unless it is on a computer that is setup as a special server to boot another machine over a network.
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18-Jun-2010, 01:19 PM #12
After hearing this I think that Unetbootin is my issue. I downloaded MBRWiz and used the command prompt with bootsect and created it this way. I am still waiting on the folder I made to be copied to USB and we shall see how it goes.

Thank you all for your input.
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18-Jun-2010, 01:26 PM #13
Okay well I put the USB in the netbook, selected USB Flash from the mulit-boot menu and a black screen with "BOOTMGR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart"

I used this as my tutorial on making the USB bootable and everything seemed to work flawlessly, by that I mean I got no errors while using the command terminal.
http://maketecheasier.com/boot-and-i...ive/2009/01/23

Thought I had it this time

Edit: Also I have Ubuntu Netbook Remix fully installed on it at the moment so at least I had something to use. I was just going to write over it in the install. Would I need to delete Ubuntu again and create a NFST partition so it can see my USB?
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18-Jun-2010, 03:23 PM #14
The formats of the hard drive and the USB drive can be different; will not cause a problem. When you get to the point of booting Windows from the USB you will have to format the hard drive partition to NTFS (or FAT32) to install Windows there.
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It will not boot from the USB though.
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