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Win XP installation using USB stick

By MIXEDD
Mar 5, 2011
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  1. Hello good people. I have recently tried out many different ways on how to install Windows XP by using a USB stick. My problem is that my computer after the first restart of the XP installation won't boot to the GUI installation. No erros, no nothing - just a black screen. I've tried alot of different ways by changing BIOS settings and trying different ways by installing the image to the USB stick. But I can't seem to solve the problem. The reason why I want to install on my netbook Win XP because Windows 7 uses too much resources of my netbook.

    My netbook is: ASUS Eee PC 1201NL (Seashell)
    For specs please click here http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=f0B4UnOsMz3CwWXb

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. ruready2

    ruready2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    Hello and welcome to the forum. You do not mention which set of instructions you followed to install Xp from a USB. There are quite a few different sites with instructions with each varying somewhat. I recently had to use a usb thumb drive to install Xp on a laptop that didn't have a cd rom. I followed several different sets of instructions many of which didn't work. I then followed the instructions on the link below and it worked. However, the computer would not boot into windows unless the thumb drive was inserted. I resolved this by changing the boot.ini file to the following.


    [boot loader]
    timeout=5
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN


    Insert the flash drive and re-boot. If windows loads then your problem may be the same as mine. The above copy of a boot.ini file can be copied and pasted replacing whatever text in currently in the file.

    To access the file click start > right click My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Settings button under Startup and Recovery > Edit button.


    http://komku.blogspot.com/2008/11/install-windows-xp-using-usb-flash-disk.html <<< Link to instructions that worked for me.
     
  3. MIXEDD

    MIXEDD TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 38

    Thanks for the reply, I have tried to install Xp from usb by using programs: Wintoflash,WinsetupfromUSB,PetoUSB, etc... I've tried very much instructions and that includes your's, but still thank you.

    My asus netbook haves a partition which is named Inactive OS/2 Boot man. Maybe it haves to do something about it?
     
  4. ruready2

    ruready2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    When you boot from the usb does setup begin to load files? If so, does windows complete the installation? Give as many details as possible as to what occurs.
     
  5. MIXEDD

    MIXEDD TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 38

    It boots to the installation. Then I select my partition to witch I want to install and when it COMPLETES writing the files, it says that it will restart after 15sec and when it restarts I select GUI mode installation to proceed, but it doesn't. No erros, no files missing just a black screen. The first part of the installation goes well the only problem I have is that I just can't continue to the GUI mode.
     
  6. ruready2

    ruready2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    I see. I'm really sorry but, this is one of those issues that personally I would have to have hands on to attempt to resolve. Perhaps someone with more experience than I can offer you a solution.

    I would add, however, have you considered just purchasing a usb cd rom device? May save you alot of time and aggravation. They're not very expensive and can be ordered online or purchased at your local electronics retailer.
     
  7. MIXEDD

    MIXEDD TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 38

    Yeah I was thinking buying an external dvd-rom. That's probarly what I'm gonna do now. Thanks for the help. :)
     
  8. ruready2

    ruready2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    You are more than welcome. I'm sorry I couldn't be or more help to you. Please post back with the resolution you reach.
     
  9. MIXEDD

    MIXEDD TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 38

    I bough an external optical drive, well and everything went well, thank you for the help. ;)
     
  10. kiencon

    kiencon TS Rookie

    I would add, however, have you considered just purchasing a usb cd rom device? May save you alot of time and aggravation. They're not very expensive and can be ordered online or purchased at your local electronics retailer.
     
  11. ruready2

    ruready2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    I'm not certain of the point of your post since you merely quoted me verbatim without any further comment. Care to explain?
     

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