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Default Boot Windows XP from USB - 11-25-2008, 04:02 PM

Hi all,

I have a Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu preinstalled. I want to boot Windows XP from a USB (HDD or stick). Does anyone if it's possible?

I've tried this http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176 without luck.
There is a very active forum http://forums.ngine.de/viewforum.php?f=4 but I doesn't get it to work.

Has anyone been able to do this?.
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Default Re: Boot Windows XP from USB - 11-25-2008, 04:56 PM

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I've tried this http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176 without luck.
I tried the same link and I am in the same boat. I have been trying to accomplish this since I got my mini 3 weeks ago. I am running OSX as my main OS on the internal SDD drive.

So far I have seen everything from blue screen of death error when starting up

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0x0000007b (0xf79ba524, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) - USB
to

can not access to hard disk error

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Your computer's startup program cannot gain access to the disk containing the partition or free space you choose. Setup cannot install Windows XP on this hard disk

This lack of access does not necessarily indicate an error condition. For example, disks attached to a SCSI adapter that wasn't installed by your manufacturer or to a secondary hard disk controller, are typically not visible to the startup program unless special software is used. Contact your computer or hard disk controller manufacturer for more information.

On x86-based computers, this message may indicate a problem with the CMOS drive type settings. See your disk controller documentation for more information.

press ENTER to continue
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To install Windows XP on the partition you selected, Setup must write some startup files to the following disk.

14693 Mb Disk0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]

However this disk does not contain a Windows XP-compatible partition.

To continue installing Windows XP, return to the partition selection screen and create a windows XP-compatible partition on the disk above. If there is no free space on the disk delete an existing partition and create a new one.
I successfully have BartPE cds and USB keys loading on the mini. So there must be a way.

I have discovered that the BartPE way uses a ramdisk image from Windows 2003.

See Step 1 here http://users.telenet.be/Robvdb/BootPEUSB_UK.htm

So I tried to install Windows on a USB key on a PC that it works on and then add the ramdisk files by copying the necessary files to the \i386\system32\drivers folder and replacing ntldr

Code:
copy ramdisk.sys to target_directory\i386\system32\drivers
copy setupldr.bin to target_directory\ntldr
But then I am getting the following error:

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INF file txtsetup.sif corrupt or missing, status14

Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.
There must be something else I am missing.

Still wondering if it is a BIOS issue as I can install and run XP on a USB key on other PCs and laptops.....

Thoughts?


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Default Re: Boot Windows XP from USB - 12-15-2008, 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by jmsanzg
Hi all,

I have a Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu preinstalled. I want to boot Windows XP from a USB (HDD or stick). Does anyone if it's possible?

I've tried this http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176 without luck.
There is a very active forum http://forums.ngine.de/viewforum.php?f=4 but I doesn't get it to work.

Has anyone been able to do this?.
Yes - I boot Mini 9 XP from a USB HDD

See http://mydellmini.com/forum/viewtopic.p ... 801#p12801
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