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Join Date: Dec 2008
Windows XP to Windows 7 USB style tutorial. - 01-23-2009, 04:10 PM
Well after scouring the net I couldn't find anyway to make a bootable USB drive from a Windows XP enviroment. Here it goes all this can be done from your netbook.
What you need:
4GB or larger USB thumb drive. I used a PNY version. I actually prefer the Sandisk Cruzer design.
Zipping agent. I used Winrar
Windows 7 x86 ISO
Bootsect. This is the tricky one, you must have a Windows XP version.
1. Pop in your flash drive. Navigate to "My Computer". Right click the flash disk and click format. Format the drive.
2. Click start then run. Type CMD in the run menu to open up a terminal screen.
3. In the terminal screen type "convert x: /fs:ntfs" Where X is your flash drive.
4. Navigate cd to your MBRWIZ folder. Type "MBRWIZ /list" Note the drive number of your flash disk.
5. While in the MBRWIZ folder type "mbrwiz /disk=x /active=1" Where X is your flash drive.
6. Navigate to your bootsect folder. Type "bootsect /nt60 x:" Where X is your flash drive.
7. In command type "exit"
8. Now go to where you have saved your Windows7 ISO. Right click on the ISO and click extract files. Extract the files to the root of your flash disk.
9. It will eventually ask you about overwriting duplicate files. Click yes to all.
10. Restart your PC and press the "0" key while the Mini is going through POST.
11. Navigate to USB boot and follow the prompts.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Windows XP to Windows 7 USB style tutorial. - 03-19-2009, 02:24 AM
this doesn't work for me ... i'm just scratching my head wondering why after you've done the bootsect thing to the USB drive you would go and "replace all" when extracting the contents of the .iso into the USB.
Anyways, i tried not replacing and replacing .. neither of these methods work
I just don't have a Vista system to try any other methods. I'm stuck with XP.
You get an extra 250mb of storage, I get an extra 250mb of storage. Perfect for netbook users!
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Windows XP to Windows 7 USB style tutorial. - 03-23-2009, 12:16 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Windows XP to Windows 7 USB style tutorial. - 03-29-2009, 12:42 PM
Is there a way this tutorial, using the MBRwizard, could be modified to install Windows XP? I'm new to the world of LiveUSB installs.
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