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Windows XP installed from USB, won't boot on its own

By s0uthwind
Jun 11, 2012
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  1. I used a program to make a USB bootable drive and installed xp off it, now it wont start on its own the usb bootable drive has "debug boot rdisk 1 partition 1-4" when I use partition 3 it starts fine, I checked that file out all it is is a boot.ini file with multi boot options, I tried to change the windows boot.ini file to somthing that I thought was correct , disk0 and partition 3 and rdisk 0 with multi set to 0, am I doing anything wrong?

    In disk management it shows up as 0 and I'm using IDE mode in bios thanks!

    The error I get when I try to boot up just using the hdd is "windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware config problem"
    Could not read from the seleted boot disk. check boot path and disk hardware.
  2. ComputerGuy55

    ComputerGuy55 TS Maniac Posts: 530

    I'm not sure if this will help your situation, but in your BIOS, do you have the Hard drive selected as the First bootable device?

    If not, try setting it to before the USB/CD/Floppy and see if it will allow you to boot.

    Other then this the only thing I could suggest is to reload with a disc..

    With your boot.ini file do you have this:

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    *Note that instead of Professional you could also have Home..


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