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Install Windows XP without floppy or cd drives

Install Windows XP without floppy or cd drives

Published by William_Wilson
03-11-2006

Default Introduction

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)

*Please be careful when playing with hard drives they are extremly fragile and affected by magnets, static and sudden impacts.

SysChat and it's affiliates will not take the blame for your mistakes! You have been warned

*now for the fun part!

Approximate cost of this procedure is $20 canadian, for the converter.
You will need the following:

*use of a desktop computer
*a laptop hard drive to IDE converter (available at any major online computer store)
*DOS (preferably 7.10 for it's improved loading times, available online, or by request.. it was free when i got it)


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  #1  
By Sami on 03-16-2006, 07:22 PM
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Excellent guide William.

Just want to let you all know that DOS ver 7.10 is now available in the downloads section. Here are the links.

1. MS-DOS 7.10 CD Full Installation

2. MS-DOS 7.10 Boot Disk

3. Windows 98 OEM Start-up Disk with CD-ROM Support
Last edited by Sami; 03-16-2006 at 11:02 PM..
  #2  
By William_Wilson on 03-16-2006, 11:16 PM
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Also if you have a floppy drive, but no cd drive in your laptop, then you can use the Windows XP 6 installation Floppies, available from microsoft
http://support.microsoft.com/default...22120121120120
There are options for both XP Proffessional and XP Home, happy installing.
  #3  
By iconico on 04-05-2006, 06:27 PM
Default Many Tx

I tried several ways to do it... The converter was the answer... very clear solution . Many Thanks !
  #4  
By jinjim on 05-30-2006, 03:07 PM
Default hi

could you guide the steps on Page 3 in more details?
Last edited by Sami; 05-31-2006 at 01:32 AM..
  #5  
By William_Wilson on 05-31-2006, 01:38 AM
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Do you have a converter?
It should only fit on in one way, then make sure that pin 1 (red mark on IDE) is lined up on both drive and cable. If you have a specific question feel free to PM me.
  #6  
By jinjim on 05-31-2006, 02:01 PM
Default Thank you much. It's helpful. One more question:

Quote:
Originally Posted by William_Wilson
Do you have a converter?
It should only fit on in one way, then make sure that pin 1 (red mark on IDE) is lined up on both drive and cable. If you have a specific question feel free to PM me.

Question:

I have two laptops: one HP good, the other Fujitsu bad. The good with external floppy and internal cd drives and XP, the bad with a bad OS (no boot, so to be replaced), external USB cd and floppy drives, but neither working without OS. Can I install OS on the bad as follows.

Swap the two internal fixed HD, use the good as platform, with bootable media either in floppy or cd drives:

1. boot from floppy, or directly from cd-rom, to install XP on the bad's HD, then switch back each other's HD, then boot the bad with XP just installed, and change certain configurations according to the bad's;

2. boot from floppy, or directly from cd-rom, to install DOS and copy XP on the bad's HD, then switch back each other's HD, then boot the bad with DOS just installed, and run XP setup.

(2) looks easier, isn't it?

I need urgent help/comment from you.

Thanks

Jim Jin
  #7  
By anton on 06-01-2006, 06:12 PM
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my laptop just says remove media? anyone know whats up?
  #8  
By William_Wilson on 06-02-2006, 03:50 PM
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you can try that, but it probably won't work. An installation of Windows sets up the hardware. If you were to do the copying step of the files, and upon the restart, power off the laptop and transfer the hard drive back, that may work as the correct hardware would then be set up.
  #9  
By daafi on 07-02-2006, 05:25 AM
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Thanks William!

Thanks to your tutorial, my problem is solved

but i have 1 guestion,

Could you tell me how to remove dual boot screen and uninstall DOS safely?
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