Can I install fresh Windows on pc with no cdrom by using usb cd?

By daw58
Jan 2, 2006
  1. Hope I can get help with the following:

    I'm trying to do a fresh install of windows xp on a pc with no cdrom drive so I need the usb cdrw to be recognised in DOS. I've downloaded the USBASPI.SYS and DI1000DD.SYS and made changes to config.sys and autoexec.bat but my cd drive is still not being recognised. After selecting option 1 to sart computer with usb cdrom support I'm getting the following;

    This driver is provided by Oak Technology, Inc.,
    OTI-91X ATAPI CD-ROM device driver, Rev D91XV352
    (C)Copyright Oak Technology INc. 1987-1997
    Device Name : MSCD001
    No drives found, aborting installation

    ASPI Manager for USB mass-storage Version 2.06
    (C)Copyright Panasonic Communications Co., Ltd. 2000-2003

    Controller :00-20-2 VID=8086h PID=7112h (0000h-0000h)UHCI
    : I/O 2020h-203Fh
    USB Device : HOST [00-20-2 VID=8086h PID=7112h (0000h-0000h) UHCI]
    : ^--nothing
    ERROR : Target USB device not found

    USB CD-ROM Device Driver Version 1.00
    (c)Copyright Panasonice Communications Co., Ltd. 2000-2003
    ASPI Manager Not Installed.
    CD-ROM Device Driver is not installed.

    DI1000 ASPI DISK Driver Ver 2.00
    Copyright(C)2001 NOVAC Co.,Ltd.

    ASPI Manager not installed.

    Microsoft RAMDrive version 3.06 virtual disk D:
    Disk size: 2,048k
    Sector size: 512 bytes
    Allocation unit : 2 sectors
    Directory entries : 64

    File not found

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    I think your mobo would have to support USb bootable device.
  3. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    Your BIOS does have to support bootable USB CD-ROM like iss said, in order to install FROM the CD.

    However, if you can take the hard drive and connect it to another PC, there are ways to install Windows without the need for a CD.

    Incidentally, I don't think your DOS driver will work for the CD-ROM, if the BIOS doesn't have an option to enable USB in DOS. The ports simply don't exist in DOS, whether you have the driver or not. So check around your BIOS for any pertinent settings.
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