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Join Date: Feb 2011
03-17-2011, 02:24 AM
SolutionBase: Boot Windows XP from a USB flash drive | TechRepublic
You may, like he said above, consider a linux system like Ubuntu. If ALL your going to use the Mini for is internet, music, and word processing Ubuntu is more than capable on all those fronts. For me, the only reason not to use Linux would be because I have Windows software that I use often that I MUST have. (MS word doesn't count, there are very capable office applications for Ubuntu).
Not only that, but Ubuntu will install happily on a USB drive without having to jump through hoops.
If I were you, I would get an 8 or 16GB thumb drive, install linux on it, and if its terrible and you hate it, THEN go through the days of headaches to get windows xp installed on the USB drive.
Join Date: Mar 2011
Yes you can! Booting and Running windows 7 from USB. - 03-20-2011, 09:21 PM
I looked into this in the past, and you CAN use a FAST SD to boot and run windows 7 off of. Make sure you have a Class 10 Memory card (which pretty much means 10MB/s Read/Write minimum speed). Here are the reference pages for this task.
I tried to post the link to the site with instructions, but apparently I'm too new for that.
Link to come soon.
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OK. after 3 posts, I'm back with the link:
How To Install Windows 7 To USB External Hard Drive [Must Read]
If you have problems you may also want to look here:
NT 6.x fast installer: install win7 directly to usb extenal drive - reboot.pro
I spent a few days playing with this technique, however there is a major step missing in their process. When you are done you will notice the lack of the boot folder. You will find yourself using these tools manually to make the USB drive bootable.
Please post your results here.
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