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Solved: Is it possible to install XP via USB?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by OverheatingBlows, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. OverheatingBlows

    OverheatingBlows Thread Starter

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    Hello, this is my first post here, haha.

    Anyway, I'm having troubles installing XP on a laptop (Toshiba Satellite A215) and I'm pretty sure its the Optical Drives fault. As it simply will not boot to the OEM XP copy I have and will make repetitious noises when trying to do so (for hours). I found another XP CD laying around (Which I cannot find the key to) and of course that booted so I tried swapping disk right when it got to the installation menu which worked fine until I ran into an error saying:

    "The following value in the .SIF file used by Setup is corrupted or missing:
    Value 0 on the line in section [SourceDisksFiles] with key "SP3.cab."
    Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3."


    So I tried software called a key-finder ( not a keygen or anything of illegal nature mind you) to locate the key of the software i was using (installed on Vmware virtual computer) and then went back to the other copy and got "the product Id you entered is invalid, since it was a retail copy and would take an OEM key. The disk works I know as I had used it in VMware and my main laptop (Toshiba Satellite P755) reads it just fine.

    So, now I'm Looking for a way to install XP from a USB stick (As the computer will allow USB boot). I've googled around and saw many suggestions for Wintoflash but have hesitated using it because of the fact it bundles adware along with it (Wintoflash suggestor) and I did not want to deal with that. I've considered UnetBootin But it did not work with Windows 8 Developer preview back when I tried it and I'm not sure it will work with XP.

    Laptop Specs:

    Year: 2008

    Processor: AMD Turion 64

    HDD : 80 SSD

    RAM: 2.50 GB

    BIOS: Phoenix

    Model: A215-S7422

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. batscrptmod200

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    what is wrong with windows xp on laptop?
    1.if you can get into laptop (maybe safe mode with command prompt) try C:\i386\winnt32.exe
    2.alternative do same as above but on another sys and slave your Toshibas ssd on it and point windows xp installer to it
    (next time you have windows xp don't let it be on an ssd hdd is recommended)
    3.anyways my first shot would've been the unetbootin with an xp iso that I would get from my disc using like imgburn or something and insrall to usb but if not
    4trybartpe from usb to get yourself running Im not sure if bartpe can install an xp environement to hd but its worth a try
    Have a great time! Wish you luck:)
     
  3. Aly28

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    i installed windows xp with a program called rufus its easiest way to do...just make an iso of windows xp with img burn and rufus will do all the work....then plug your flash drive in to the laptop and boot from usb
     
  4. OverheatingBlows

    OverheatingBlows Thread Starter

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    Thanks! thats sounds like a good idea! I'll let you know if it works
     
  5. Aly28

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    no problem keep us updated
     
  6. OverheatingBlows

    OverheatingBlows Thread Starter

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    Good news! I burned a copy of a backup of the CD I had (an .iso) to a DVD. The Drive seemed to like disc that better and I've been able to get it to install successfully! Also got all the necessary drivers. Thanks for your help!
     
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