Can I Install XP With No CD-Rom Drive???????

By damienb ยท 9 replies
May 14, 2006
  1. Hi all,
    Ive been given this reasonably old Dell PC, its capable of having XP but it only has a floppy disk drive. There is a space for CD-Rom drive but it has to be a slimline one, like one in a laptop. Is there any way that I can install XP on it without speding money on buying a CD-Rom for it???

  2. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Of course, but getting your hands on a copy of XP on floppy is going to more trouble then it's worth. A used CD-rom drive a your local pc shop won't cost $20.00. It will install XP in a tenth of the time it would take to do it by floppy.
  3. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    does it have an ethernet port?
  4. damienb

    damienb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    yes it does.... what are you thinking???

  5. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    If you have the ability (takes a bit of computer knowledge) you could try a network/remote install.

    Failing that, You may be able to connect your disk directly to a PC and copy the installation files to it or install it from there.
  6. damienb

    damienb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    I am quite tech-e but ive never set up a network before? is it hard? ive got my own working laptop here that does have a cd-rom drive. are you saying that i could network the two together and use the drive in my laptop to install os on the dell pc?? how would i go about doing that? do you know?

  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    open up the machine plug a temp cd rom drive in make sure you don't short something out
    like lay it on a piece of cloth ,rubber mouse pad
    load xp and remove the cdrom drive
    or take out the drive put in another machine copy xp install to a partition on drive
    get a boot disk
    after you put the drive back use the boot disc to find the install files load xp
    MS web site has all info needed for network install
    nic must be bootable with pxe software
  8. damienb

    damienb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    that seems a little over my head mate. i'll be honest, im and audio visual engineer and i know a fair bit about pc's like how they work and how to forat and install stuff but im not an IT engineer so i dont know everything. that just seems a bit out of m league, sorry. is there no simpler way?

  9. damienb

    damienb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    can anyone help me?? i bought a copy of xp pro and office 2003 off ebay. it looks like ive been stitched up tho. i know the office 2003 works but the key ive been given for xp doesn't. any odeas on what i should do? does anyone know a valid key????

  10. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    don't ask here for keys
    thats illegal
    if its a good retail disc microsoft will give you another key
    there are numbers on disc call and give them to tech he will assign new key
    if oem your out of luck
    first most oem's on ebay are illegal but with the rules the way they are you can sell an unopened package with hardware to comply
    ther is no support from MS on oem
    just buy cheap cdrom and do what I suggested
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