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William_Wilson 03-26-2007 03:25 PM

don't feel bad, trying to come up with a cheap/easy way than my tutorial listed caused me nearly 6 months of anguish before i just broke down and hot wired this method together.

codezmith 02-28-2008 11:18 AM


I only have 256 MB of RAM thats why using neither BartPE nor Windows PE type installation is a good solution.
iv just seen this and wanted to let u know i have win xp sp2 runing fine and dandy on my compact armarda 6500

spec p366 mhz (or ther abouts )
128mb ram !
6gb hdd (ibm original v-old)

i also use this to test bart pe / winpe

* with ms-vpc and usb 2 hdd link
its posible to use a phisical disk as vurtual hard disk

iv tested this with bart-pe hdd installs it works a treet



helives95 03-01-2008 11:12 PM

I would say, take a network computer, put a bootable image on it, and do a network boot :)

loraandbush 04-17-2008 07:43 AM

I want to know how can i install the os from pan drive.

sweetie2 07-15-2008 09:52 AM

A little help
Tried this with a laptop with no floppy or cdrom

Had a spare laptop - loaded Dos 7 - let it format drive

Place drive in laptop without floppy or cdrom
Then - followed instructions - worked until the reboot

Getting Ntldr is missing - Press any key to restart

machine is a gateway solo 5300

Any help would be appreciated.. Tried taking the drive out and booting with 98 floppy and ran sys c: - replaced drive - same message.


Brie987 05-20-2009 02:16 AM

I am just stuck on the last DOS command line at the end with my hhd is back in the laptop. the final two run command lines are c:\smartdrv.exe goes thru, I get a disc cache status but the final command line c:\i386\winnt.exe will not load I keep getting "Bad command or file name". It boots perfectly in the desktop. I have gotten this far. Thank you William for your tutorial it really helped. I am grateful for any help or suggestions. Thaks for your time.

Just so you know I am installing this in a Thinkpad 240, 6gig hhd, 300mhz, 192ram. Also the OS I am installing is TinyXP, do you think this might be the problem? Also I did not use DOS to format the harddrive I used another desktop using a IDE USB connector.

Thank you again.

Fineking 01-21-2010 11:54 AM

Can't Download Tutorial
Hi William,

I clicked on the link to download the tutorial but it came up with this "Page not found". Please how can you help me out?

Thanks as I await your reply.

CONCORD44077 03-31-2010 10:08 PM

install XP without drives
when i tried to find the tutorial i got page not found.

delighted 05-24-2010 07:39 PM

really it os not just a easy job,,,
it is found to b more difficult to install an os by a pendrive... but it is not impossible....

first get the imagge file on the drive .i.e ISO file of the os .then allow the booting through the pen drive.. it will start by its own......:icon_wink:

squishyrob 06-20-2010 10:02 AM

any new links to the tutorial? this is the closest i have come to finding this!

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