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Default Install Windows XP without floppy or cd drives


I will try to be as detailed as possible, including pictures as i go.
(My laptop is a Dell Latitude CSx, but this will work for any make or model with the same issue)

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By mivalenz on 06-25-2008, 07:58 PM
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Thanks.
This tutorial finally made the imposible. Format a laptop hard drive in my Sony Vaio PCG-SR17 that now is running windows XP
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By the-tine on 07-03-2008, 06:04 PM
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Thanks.
This tutorial finally made the imposible.
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
My thoughts exactly. XP is running smoothly on an HP Pavilion ze4900.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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By stu06 on 07-06-2008, 05:19 PM
Default Excellent solution thank you

I would like to thank William and all the other contributors on this thread for an excellent solution to what seemed to me to be an unsolveable problem. After following the tuto and the various replies concerning some of the setbacks I experienced during my attempt I have finally managed to reinstall the Windows XP OS back to my dinosaur Acer 341T.
If I may I would care to add a note.The major setback I encountered personally was getting the DOS ver 7.10 to install onto the formatted laptop HDD,eventually after a couple of failed attempts with cd's(would run but not give installation prompt) I wrote the DOS ver 7.10 contents to a new floppy disc using winimage and booted the host desktop with the laptop's HDD still in slave mode on IDE 1 channel 2 with the master HDD on the desktop disconnected and DOS ver 7.10 started to install.

Many thanks again and keep up the good work
Regards .
Stuart.
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  #123  
By the-tine on 07-19-2008, 04:57 PM
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For people who want a no-hassle way to remove the dual boot screen:

1. Right click My Computer.
2. Open the Advanced tab.
3. In Startup and Recovery, click the Settings button.
4. Select your default operating system from the drop down menu.
5. Find the "Time to Display Operating Systems" box. Uncheck it.
6. Done!
  #124  
By old sparky5 on 07-26-2008, 06:54 PM
Smile Dell L400 No Floppy Or Cd Drive

hello I am new here so please correct me if I make a mistake but would like to say a big thanks to William for his tutorial as it helped me get my brother-in-laws Dell up and running again after someone had deleted o/s files on his laptop. Thanks once again
  #125  
By brown786 on 08-10-2008, 12:06 AM
Stop ~~wonderful Tutorial~~

Subject: Keyboard not working in XP install, but works fine in DOS

Okay so I did everything as stated in the tutorial, and I just can't get my keyboard to work on my Toshiba Portege 3500.

BIOS Setting for USB Keyboard and Mouse are 'Enabled'

The exact state of the XP Tablet install I am stuck in is when the installation asks where the files are stored.

Also, while in the installation the keys' lights up (i.e. caps, fn, num etc)

Any advice??

Thanks,
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By mattzehr on 08-14-2008, 02:41 PM
trouble I have the same problem

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I tryed this using xp pro. When i put it back in my laptop and started it up the hdd read for a second and then nothing. Nothing on display.
I tried to format my hardrive in a DELL inspiron and then placed it in my DELL C400 but all I get after the bios is a black screen. any help would be great!
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By stu06 on 08-14-2008, 05:21 PM
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The exact state of the XP Tablet install I am stuck in is when the installation asks where the files are stored.
A shot in the dark here,hope it helps!
Is this after you have entered at the prompt in DOS> run smartdrv.exe (type C:\smartdrv.exe at command prompt) > (type C:\I386\winnt.exe)and then have a windows prompt line asking for the directory? If thats the case press the enter key and the installation should continue.
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By beekeys on 08-21-2008, 01:19 PM
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Another option is an external cd drive, this should be ok once the floppies are installed.
Dear william thnx for very nice tutorial. I hv toshiba laptop where i can install 6 floppy, but when it asks for installation win xp, i dont found external cd drive for further installation of xp, help plz.

my laptop works with floppy plz, thnx in advance
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By Wombat on 08-21-2008, 04:55 PM
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Dear william thnx for very nice tutorial. I hv toshiba laptop where i can install 6 floppy, but when it asks for installation win xp, i dont found external cd drive for further installation of xp, help plz.
my laptop works with floppy plz, thnx in advance
You still need a cdrom drive to install Win XP, do you have a one connected externally yet...
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