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Error installing Windows 10 via USB flash drive

Q: Error installing Windows 10 via USB flash drive

I recently purchased an SSD for my PC and then I additionally purchased a USB flash drive of which I then put the Windows 10 ISO on. I then picked a boot option that was for USBs and then I saw a loading screen that I would typically see if I were to boot my PC regularly. I should note that I have an Alienware-based PC and I wasn't able to use AlienRespawn at all if that matters. I then opened a menu using the F12 key and enabled UEFI Boot Mode since that mode must be enabled in order for the USB (I have plugged in with Windows 10) option to appear to me. So when I click the USB boot option, I receive an "error" that states: Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key. I have no idea what to do after that, so any help will be greatly appreciated.

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A family friend asked me to take a look at his daughters laptop. Now, I have the Windows XP3 distribution disc and the driver disc for the laptop, just one problem, it has no disc drive. So is it possible for me to take a 1gb pen drive and use that to format and reinstall windows? It's been infected pretty badly and needs to be done ASAP. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Installing Windows XP with flash drive?

All it would take is a special USB key that emulates an external CD/DVD drive with a mounted ISO of XP. I don't know if it exists though but external USB CD/DVD drives do for sure.

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I wasn't happy with the free upgrade of windows 10 after Microsoft techs had remotely accessed my system to try to fix issues.

So I bought a new Windows 10 pro from Microsoft that came on a small flash drive. My plan is to disconnect all my other drives and install windows 10 pro ( fresh install) on the SSD and then install my programs as well.

I f I disconnect all connections to any drives and install a new SSD will all I have to do it insert flash drive into a USB port and by default it will install on the only drive connected to my pc ? I don't know what to expect installing a new copy of win 10 on a new SSD Will I get a menu to chose what I want to do? by chance is there a tutorial on this forum doing what I'd like to do?


A:Installing windows 10 pro from flash drive to new SSD

This is exactly how I do a clean install. I firstly remove all secondary drives (while the computer is off). I then turn it on and start the windows 10 installer from the usb drive. It will then install a fresh copy of Windows 10 like normal. After you get the desktop , you can turn your computer off and reattach the other drives. You only need to unplug the sata data cables so then the other drives won't show up in the installer.

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I am currently installing windows 10 from a microsoft windows 10 flash drive for fresh installing. I have used this flash drive before, and it was super quick. This time it is at the Dos-looking screen that says "Loading files..." and has been trickling on for about 15 mins. We just upgraded to an SSD and a new video card, and it is HDMI connected to a TV. Is this a sign of the computer being really slow? (We just bought a 300$ video card, and 16 gigs of ram for an i7 processer)

A:Installing windows 10 from their flash drive

welcome to the forum..

as the flashdrive has already proved itself, it should be ok. but the issue may depend on the type of machine is receiving the upgrade. but patience may be the key here.

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Is it possible to install Windows(XP/Vista/7/embedded) onto a USB flash drive, such that it is bootable from any PC (assuming it supports USB boot and meets the minimum OS requirements)?

The installation should ideally provide basic services necessary to perform mundane activities such as web surfing and word processing.

I've seen guides for installing Windows onto USB flash drives and HDDs, but not one that claims to be portable. Is this at all possible?

A:Installing Windows on a USB flash drive

Your best bet would be to have a winpe on a usb stick. PE (preinstalled environment) is a lightweight windows version actually meant to run recovery and imaging tools. You can look up readymade pe's on the internet or you can make one with waik though thats a tedious procedure and not everybody's upto it. SIW2 (a member here) has made some nice pe's, you can message him for help, particularly how to add word processing.

Running full fledged win7 from a usb stick would be slow, also it couldnt possibly have all the drivers needed to run it on different PCs. Licensing would also be an issue.

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im having problems installing from my flash drive, everything seems to work fine up untill the point where windows gathers the information. It tells me "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert now."

and i have no idea how to get past this.

some good solutions would be nice =]

A:Installing windows 7 from flash drive

bryson, you seem to be missing a required CD/DVD device driver.

Can you fill in your system specs (left lower corner), that will allow for better and more helpful answers.

Do you have another USB drive you can put the required driver? It might be just that,

Tks and welcome to the forums

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So I know you can install windows through a Flash Drive. I wanted to know if there was anyway to use a extra SSD as a Multiple Partition "Containing Different Windows and standard drivers for that OS" as a bootable installer.

Mainly if I'm building a customers computer they have 7 and only want 7 but do not have disk. I build the system Select boot from SSD and select 7 then install on system and use there Serial to reactivate.

I'm also using a 2.5 to 3.0 USB as primary connection.

A:Using a SSD as a flash drive for installing windows.

Although you can use the whole SSD to put the Windows installation in it. It's better to create a small partition, say 8GB, format with FAT32 and follow this video.:
If not already done. Download the Windows ISO from: Windows 10 Download - Tech Bench
NOTE: The video is for creating Rescue disk but the same procedure applied to Windows Installation disk

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iam trying to install windows 7 from a flash drive 8gg , and i had installed bootsec to the flash but i still cant boot from it .
i had changed the BIOS settings and do everything in this guide but nothing good , an error message keeps showing up 'invalid or corrupted bootable section'
i want help and this is the guide i have been following,

A:installing windows 7 from flash drive

BUMP, please

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Would it be possible to install Windows 7 x64 Ultimate onto my 32GB USB Flash Drive as a portable OS on the go? I'm not talking about creating a Windows 7 Installation USB Flash Drive as an alternative to a DVD Installation, I'm talking about being able to have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate OS on a USB drive.

I'm asking because I need to be able to have another Windows OS on a separate drive in order for me to be able to Secure Erase my OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E SSD using OCZ Toolbox.

A:Installing Windows 7 on a USB Flash Drive

As far as I'm aware it's not possible and even if it was, performance would be way too slow.

If I'm wrong, the cavalry will be along shortly.

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i know i know... there's tons of threads about making flash drive bootable, put windows 7 onto flash drive and even has a post said ... installing windows 7 onto drive ... but no answer...

i have bootable windows cd a laptop with bootable usb port capability... i am NOT trying to make a bootable windows 7 flash drive...

i am trying to install windows 7 onto this removeable drive so if my hdd really dies, i can just use this flash drive as a hdd to continue do what i am doing light weight computer tasks


A:installing windows 7 onto a flash drive?

I have a flash drive I use to install Win7 but Win7 can not be installed onto a flash drive and run.

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Dear All,

Is it possible to install the (for example) Windows XP through Flash drive after coppieng the software from CD to Flash drive? Can PC boot from Flash drive as software in CD boot the PC for installing the window?

A:Installing Windows from Flash drive

There are plenty of articles on this if you care to Google

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Is it possible to install Windows with a flash drive? I have the ISO image, so can the flash drive boot like a cd? Thanks.

A:Installing Windows XP with a flash drive?

It is actually possible to install a bootable copy of Windows XP onto a flash drive and then boot a PC off of the flash drive. Read this Article

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Howdy folks,

My situation is as follows: I recently built myself a new system from scratch, and plan to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit onto it using an OEM copy I purchased from retail. I had planned to save money on my new machine by not installing an optical drive, since I have no need for one. My original intent was to take the optical drive out of my old machine and use it just to install Windows, but in short-sightedness didn't realize my old optical drive is not compatible with my new motherboard. After a bit of research, I have found a number of websites detailing methods of installing Windows 7 using a USB Flashdrive. I have an 8GB Flashdrive so I had hoped to work-around my problem through this method, but ran into a new problem. All of the guides require that the data be copied from the disk to the flashdrive using Windows 7/Vista, and on my old machine I am using Windows XP (which from my limited understanding, doesn't play friendly with USB drives). I found a couple of other articles detailing a more complicated method that works with XP, BUT doesn't work for me, because my copy of XP is 32-bit and the copy of Windows 7 I want to use is 64-bit.

I don't know anyone with a copy of Vista/7 64-bit already to use or with a compatible optical drive to borrow, and I really hope to avoid buying an optical drive just to install Windows.

Does anyone know of a method that I can get the information I need to install Windows 7 64-bit onto a USB Fl... Read more

A:Solved: Installing Windows 7 using USB Flash-drive

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Hi there, so i just picked up a Flash drive and i know your able to make a bootable windows xp.

Is there a similar way to load windows vista onto a flash drive?

i have a 16GB OCZ Rally-2 so i know theres enough room for Vista and some programs. so is there any way to put bootable vista onto a flash drive.

A:Installing Windows Vista Onto Flash Drive

Please do not double-post.


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i want to install windows 7 in my dell inspiron n4050,it came with the preinstalled ubuntu,..i do not know how to install windows 7 on my laptop as i want to use windows 7 intead of ubuntu..plz if anybody can help,..i have an iso file on my usb of windows

A:Problem in installing windows 7 using a usb flash drive

I used this guide to prepare my usb using Diskpart

HOW TO: Install Windows 7 from a USB stick

then just copied the files extracted from the ISO to the usb, and booted the netbook from usb.

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I've recently tried to install windows 7 onto my notebook and have successfully turned it into a $400 brick. I am working on a Acer Aspire 1410- 2801 which already come with Windows 7. I am just reinstalling it due to a virus/trojan. My notebook as the following specs:

Intel Celeron SU2300 Dual Core
2GB Ram

I followed the instructions found on this website and loaded Windows 7 onto my 8GB flash drive. So I went into bios and changed my boot order to USB then HDD.

During the installation process I get the error message "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate and existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information." Now I have tried everything from deleting all the partitions, formatting and making a new partition during the setup.

I googled to find the result but everyone else with this problem is is trying to install on a raid configuration and does not have the required drivers. Can someone please point me in the right direction?

A:Installing Windows 7 from USB flash drive problems

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I just built my first PC and I'm having problems installing Windows 10 on it. I don't have an optical drive so I'm trying to install off a flash drive. I downloaded Windows Media Creation Tool but it doesn't recognize the flash drive so I created an ISO. Then I used Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool and I also tried Rufus to put it on the flash drive. When I use Rufus and plug it into the PC it loads up a black screen. When I use Windows 7 USB Download Tool to put it on the flash drive, it just stays on this loading screen for about 5 minutes then the logo disappears to a black screen and nothing else happens.

A:Problems installing Windows 10 to built PC using flash drive

Try option 2 here, https://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...e-windows.html Just mount the Windows 10 ISO instead of the windows 8 one. It's how I create my install thumb drives. Works with Legacy and UEFI installs.

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Hello Windows 8 members.

I'm Trinty from Windows 7 forums (maybe someone knows me).

I installed Windows 8 on VM but I want to install it on my current machine,
dual-boot with Windows 7.

Windows 7 is already installed and there is one problem. I don't have Install CD and Repair CD.
My questions :

1. When I install Win 8 do I need Install CD or Repair CD for Windows 7 (for ex. to repair Bootmgr) ?
2. Can I install Windows 8 from HDD (without using flash drive or DVD) ?
- If answer is yes : How ?
- If answer is no : Can I use Flash Drive 4GB ?

That is all for now.

Please answer soon.
Thanks in advace.
Baltic Trinty (w7 Trinty)

A:Installing Windows 8 with Windows 7 Dual Boot from Flash Drive

Hello Baltic, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You can install Windows 8 with the ISO, DVD, or USB. The tutorial below can help show you how to install Windows 8 to dual boot with Windows 7 using either installation media.

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

Hope this helps,

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When i turned on my Acer Aspire One ZG5 it shows an error saying that


Windows\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Then i cannot logon to windows.

So what i did, tried to look for a solution and found Acer Recovery using USB flash drive (I don't have CD/DVD drive). But i don't think it would be the solution, because i THINK it would delete all my files, am i correct? Or do i have an option?

So i went to look for another then i found this http://sincitylife.net/xpthumbdrive.aspx

and yes, it boots on my aspire one. Then I went to the recovery console, to follow these instructions on another site:


When you reach the command line prompt(recovery console), type the following and then press Enter:

expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll

Using the expand command as shown above, d represents the drive letter assigned to the optical drive that your Windows XP CD is currently in. While this is most often d, your system could assign a different letter. Also, c:\windows represents the drive and folder that Windows XP is currently installed on. Again, this is most often the case but your system could be different.

If you're prompted to overwrite the file, press Y.

Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.

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I am in search of help regarding the following error that I receive when attempting to open my Pleomax 8 GB USB Flash Drive when I store pictures during my photo shoots. (I really need to open this drive to get to those pics!)
The message is:

A:Windows Device Time Out ERROR+ Pleomax 8GB USB Flash Drive

Try using PhotoRec http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
PCI Smart Recovery http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/smart_recovery/info.htm?language=1

Those will attempt to recover pictures off a disk/flash memory.

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I have heard and read some things on doing this but I'm confused....here is the problem I see. If I but a flash drive in my computer and then install lets say XP or whatever onto it, how can I take that to another computer and boot up off of it? The installation is recognized by MY registry, not the new computers. Please explain this....


A:Installing OS on a flash drive.....

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I am trying to install Windows 7 through a flash drive onto an hp laptop. I have no experience with this. I created an ISO file from the installation CD onto my desktop using burn aware free then I used rufus to put that ISO file onto my flash drive but when I start up my laptop and click install on the Windows 7 installation screen it says there is no device driver I am thinking I did something wrong in the process I am not sure what to do at this point any help would be greatly appreciated. I am not sure if it's clear enough what the problem is.

Edit I tried using Windows 7 USB DVD Download tool but it said that the file was not a valid ISO file so that may be my problem there I am not sure how exactly to format or create an ISO file from the Windows 7 installation CD

A:Installing Win 7 via Flash drive

Have you changed first boot device in the BIOS to USB drive?
You need to create a bootable USB drive with Rufus, then download a Windows 7 ISO on to it.

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I want to have a Windows 7 installation that can be booted from a hard disk in a USB caddy or a USB flash drive / SHDC card. So I am installing to a USB connected drive.

I have created a bootable USB flash drive with the Windows 7 install DVD contents on it, so I am in a position to install to the Netbook hosting the USB hard disk. I have also (for reference) created a VHD on a different Windows 7 machine and set it up to boot from that, on the internal HDD.

The W7 installer will not install directly to a partition on my external HDD, because it is connected by USB or Firewire (err message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk"). I can't "just ignore" the warning, as suggested by some, as the Next button is inoperative.

If I create a virtual hard disk (VHD) on a partition on the external HDD I am again warned by the Installer that it can't be installed to the VHD as the "computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk". If I ignore the warning and press Next (only works for the VHD option) I am told "Setup was unable to create a new system partition....See the setup log files for more information"

I can at that stage use the Installer tools to Format the VHD etc.

So I'm stuck - where do I find the installer log files and how can I move forward to get a bootable installation on a USB connected drive ?

A:Installing W7 *to* a USB HDD or flash drive

Quote: Originally Posted by PhilT

I want to have a Windows 7 installation that can be booted from a hard disk in a USB caddy or a USB flash drive / SHDC card. So I am installing to a USB connected drive.

I have created a bootable USB flash drive with the Windows 7 install DVD contents on it, so I am in a position to install to the Netbook hosting the USB hard disk. I have also (for reference) created a VHD on a different Windows 7 machine and set it up to boot from that, on the internal HDD.

The W7 installer will not install directly to a partition on my external HDD, because it is connected by USB or Firewire (err message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk"). I can't "just ignore" the warning, as suggested by some, as the Next button is inoperative.

If I create a virtual hard disk (VHD) on a partition on the external HDD I am again warned by the Installer that it can't be installed to the VHD as the "computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk". If I ignore the warning and press Next (only works for the VHD option) I am told "Setup was unable to create a new system partition....See the setup log files for more information"

I can at that stage use the Installer tools to Format the VHD etc.

So I'm stuck - where do I find the installer log files and how can I move forward to get a bootable installation on a USB connected drive ?

No moving forward here,

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so this is my project
i have an unused disk of winXP found an a dusty, dark corner of my room and i don't really want to install to install it onto my pc as i am afraid the partitioning might go wrong (and another reason i want to install it onto my flash drive is because i want to do it for the heck of it and have some knowledge about it)
i have a 4GB sandisk cruzer, and installed on my hard drive is ubuntu and vista (vista came with the laptop, and i already regret it ._.)
i have googled it, but as unlucky as i am i didnt find anything that talks about it
so can anyone help??

A:Installing an OS on a flash drive


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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/548921/an-unexpected-io-error-has-occurred-0xc00000e9/ - Hamluis. I am getting the same error when installing it on a brand new hard drive. Anyone have any idea why this is happening>I am getting the following error when installing Windows 7 64 bit.   an unexpected error occured 0xc00000e9 I have a Asus MB model M3A78-em, with 4 gigs of ram and a AMD quad core processor. can anyone help?

A:Error when installing Windows 7 on a 1TB Hard drive

First thing I would do...check the cable connections to the hard drive...remove and then reattach.

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Hi all,

I've been following the instructions listed on the website below on how to re-install Windows 7 (Home Premium, SP1, 64-bit) on my Toshiba laptop through a USB thumb-drive:
How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc | PCWorld

The "Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool" was giving me problems when creating a bootable USB drive from my .ISO file of Windows 7, so I turned to ImgBurn instead. This seemed to work fine.

When I start up my laptop and try to boot from my USB drive, I get the following error message:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
File: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000001
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
I already ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, without any success.

Any help on what I can do to fix this?

A:winload.exe error when re-installing Windows from USB drive

Quote: Originally Posted by CharlieBrown22

Hi all,

I've been following the instructions listed on the website below on how to re-install Windows 7 (Home Premium, SP1, 64-bit) on my Toshiba laptop through a USB thumb-drive:
How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc | PCWorld

The "Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool" was giving me problems when creating a bootable USB drive from my .ISO file of Windows 7, so I turned to ImgBurn instead. This seemed to work fine.

When I start up my laptop and try to boot from my USB drive, I get the following error message:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
File: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000001
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
I already ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, without any success.

Any help on what I can do to fix this?

The SevenForums has a tutorial on creating a USB Installation Key Drive at the following link;

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

You may find it useful to browse through and see if there is anything that helps. I, personally, haven't used a key drive for install, so I don't have any hands-on advice.

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i have a HP g61 with a 500 gig SATA drive when i try to install windows XP on it i get a windows stop messsage

Stop: 0x0000007b (0xf78d663c, 0x00000034, 0x00000000,0x00000000)

when googled it says something about the sata drive settings needing to be changed in the bios

chang the setting for the sata operation from Raid auto/achi to raid auto ata

but in the bios of the hp g61 there is no option for that, i verified this will work for the error because i just restored a dell vostro with a sata drive and it did work, now i just need to get this hp to work

it has insydeH20 bios setup utility,

any idea?

A:Hp g61 sata drive Error upon installing windows XP

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware.
You can check your HP/compaq PC here:
General XP Downgrade Guide for HP Laptops - HP Support Forum
NOTE: Please read this thread fully.

If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7.
Download EasyBCD 2.1 - NeoSmart Technologies

A bit more reading.
BCDEDIT - How to Use

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I have a desktop computer that had Windows 98SE installed on it. I had a virus/malware problem on the computer. I decided to install Windows XP Home Edition to the computer as XP is easier to work with than Windows 98SE. While I was installing XP I was asked, "Do you want to install this over Windows 98SE?" (you will lose all your files and data from Windows 98SE) OR "Do you want to partition your drive and have two operating systems?" I choose to partition the drive. I was asked to insert a disk from Windows 98SE that I did not have or could not find at the time. So the installation was stopped without completing. Now when I try to boot up my computer I get the following screen:


We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If you computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose "Last Known Good Configuration" to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous start up attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the "Power" or "Reset" button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose "Start Windows Normally".

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

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A:Partitioned Drive while installing Windows XP Error

It would appear to me that your failed XP (98SE) installation has hosed your boot.ini which won't allow your computer to boot. If this was my system (as you stated in your previous post, that 98SE was giving you problems) I would just re-start with the XP CD and do a clean installation of XP only...XP is much more stable than 98 ever was. I would forget about dual-booting with an O/S that was giving me problems. Now if you insist on dual-booting with 98SE you'll have to find the set-up disks to complete your installation and try again...But if it was mine I would just forget about that option...

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I decided that instead of installing Ubuntu on a hard drive I would just install it on a flash drive, I will only use it for the internet only so good performence dosen't really matter. However I'm having trouble booting from the flash drive. My bios has the option of booting from (USB-CDROM, USB-ZIP, USB-FDD) I set it to USB-ZIP and it sees the flash drive however it says that it is an INVALID something and that I should take it out and press enter. Does anybody have any idea how to fix this?

A:Installing Ubuntu on a flash drive

When you installed Ubuntu, did you tell it to put the bootloader on the flash drive?

Also, make sure that you have partitioned the flash drive. Usually they come with just the filesystem and you can not boot this kind of drives with normal bootloaders.

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I bought a 128 MB Ridata flash drive. Card said it was ready to install on Windows ME. I plugged it in and it started to install during installation it said needed disc for ME, so I put it in. It could not find files it needed.I tried to install again through add hardware, but It says Device is installed BUT the NTKERN.VXD device loader for this device could not load device driver (code 2). To fix this check update driver to update the device driver.
I followed instructions and :this is what I got next
USBSTOR.SYS not installed
C: windows\system\vmm32.vxd (NTKERN.VXD) not available
C: windows\system32\drivers\USBNTMAP.SYS not installed
C: windows\system32\USBSTOR.SYS not installed.
When I put ME disc in to search for these files, I select D drive, it flips right back to C: bin\options\cabs
I have tried to search c and d drives both and it says no files found. What am I doing wrong? I had the same problem trying to install software for a digital camera on my PC and also a scanner. It could never find the files needed. The card said nothing was needed for ME.
I am at a puzzling standpoint. Anyone have the solution?

A:Problem installing flash drive

Would like to add, I finally got this thing installed, by downloading the missing files and drivers. It now shows in device manager as being installed and working properly......BUT it is nowhere to be found on my PC. It is not listed under my computer, or when I try to bakup files on it, it is not in the list. It is plugged in while I am doing the above.

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I have a big problem. I recently got a laptop computer for really cheap, an old Dell CS. Anyhow, it doesn't have any disk drives, which is a problem. So far I've tried to install a USB CDROM drive that I bought, but the driver was on a floppy disk. Now, I have no floppy drives at my house, so I went over to a friends...who's computer corrupted the disk. I'm told the CDROM drive will work fine on Windows 2000/XP w/o a driver...and I need a way to install one of those.

I'm told there is a way to take files from a Windows 2000 or XP CD, and put them in a Windows 98SE system so that it will install the OS. I hear it also requires a DOS program. Right now, all I have been able to do is get a USB Flash drive up and running on this computer, but I need instructions on how to do this.

Thanks a lot,


A:Installing 2000 From a USB Flash Drive

First and possibly limiting thing. Does the Laptop support booting from a flash drive?

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i have a very long story but i will try to keep it short. if you need more information to help me let me know.

so in short. i just put a new hard drive in. set my bios up to boot from usb flash drive first, then cd rom. well i had both the cd and the flash drive in, i'm not sure which one it started installing from, but i got a message that said "restart the computer. take the cd out. when it asks, put it back in" well i did that, but only put the flash drive back in.

It tells me to insert and hit any key, i do and i get DISK BOOT FAILURE.

so i came on here and found this thread.

Install Windows 7 from USB Pen Drive Using Grub4Dos

i did this and am having the same issues. now a few things

-i already had the windows files on my flash drive before i installed multiboot. does it have to be empty when i install multiboot and change the script? or does that not matter?
-ive done this once before and i could have sworn i had to format the flash drive before i did any of this. could that be my problem?

anyways. if you have any ideas please let me know. i've been trying to fix this computer for two days and im losing it.

A:problem installing from flash drive

Well there seems to be confusion here between the cd and the usb. Stick to one. If you want to use usb, use this tut and make sure you remove any disks from the optical drive before you start the install.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Got one of those HP Mini notebooks without a CD drive.

XP got corrupted somehow, and my wife took it over to a friend's house along with the HP OS CD. Several days later she gets it back, and this guy (my wife's friend's husband) has installed Ubuntu onto the machine. We don't like Ubuntu, but this guy is my wife's boss and she doesn't want to make a lot of waves.

So I take over and use WinToFlash on the HP OS disk, to make a bootable flash drive.

When I booed off the flash drive, I STUPIDLY chose install and then REPAIR, thinking that we might still have all of her pictures, documents, etc...

Everything went swimmingly until I got to the welcome screen and was prompted for her password. I initially thought 'great', she hasn't lost anything....but when I entered her pw I got the msg box "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted". I hit cntl/alt/del twice to get the Administrator sign-in, but get the same msg. None of the available F8 options semm to be able to get me past this roadblock.

Meanwhile, I CAN boot into Ubuntu, but I have no idea how to reformat the drive from Ubuntu, figuring tht if I reformat and reinstall using the flash drive, the domain msg will go away.

So I'm unable to get to a command prompt in XP, and can't seem to figure out what to do in Ubuntu to reformat (we have no Ubuntu disk - only the HP XP OS disk).

When I boot using the flash drive, I get a screen with 2 options:
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A:Problems Installing XP from Flash Drive

Well this is not a good day... First off if you reformat the drive all data will be lost. I know you said that you cant boot to Command Prompt, but can you get to the Recovery section of XP install on the flash drive? If so follow these.

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I'm having an issue with installing my windows updates. It started after a virus that has since been removed from the computer. I have been able to download some updates since then, but for some reason, for the past few weeks, everytime I try to install these updates, they fail-
Security Update for Windows (KB2393802)
Security Update for Windows (KB2633171)
Internet Explorer 9
Microsoft Office SP3
Microsoft Office 2007 SP3

When they fail, I get error code "80096001". I've googled that and have used the program from Microsoft for updates that won't install right, (I can't remember the program name, but its a free one online from MS). That program doesn't help either. Now today, a new issue has come up where I get an error box saying that it can't even check for new updates.

My question is, can I download updates to a flash drive from another computer and install them on the laptop from there?


A:Installing updates from a flash drive

Not using Windows Update.

If you can download them from some other link...sure, they can be installed from CD, DVD, etc.

A flash drive is nothing more than a small storage container, while a hard drive is a large storage container.


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Hey all,

I'm trying to install XP on my new netbook (Acer Aspire AO721-3574 11.6-Inch Netbook), downgrading from a full Windows 7 Home Premium. As it doesn't have an optical drive, I've been trying to boot from a Flash Drive (a Sandisk Cruzer, reformatted to be an XP boot drive with WintoFlash)

I've been following these instructions: http://komku.blogspot.com/2009/09/wintoflash-guide-install-windows-xp.html

However, I keep running into an issue on the first step - when I select "1st, text based, reboot from flash, etc", the computer begins scanning for windows, etc, but then it stops all of a sudden, and claims there is some corruption in the hard disk, and to run CHKDSK. I've run CHKDSK now on it's full repair setting, like the high grade, dig deep version, and still the same issue. I've also reformatted the USB stick several times as different formatting, such as 16LBA (instead of default 32LBA), since that site mentions that might be an issue.

Any help or information that anyone can give me on how I might resolve this is much appreciated. Thanks for your time.

A:Installing XP from Flash drive onto Netbook

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So I have a few dead computers laying around and I was kinda hoping I could make use of one of the XP licenses I have. I was wondering if I would be able to install a copy onto a flash drive, and if so, how?

Part of why I wanna do this is to have a sort of recovery OS, where if a computer is not bootable, I can boot to this, recover files, ,run anti-virus, etc. (I've tried things like BartPE but it doesn't offer the flexibility I would get out of a fully functional operating system)

And on that note; if one OS (OS1) is having difficulties booting or is in a locked down state (due to virus or otherwise), how would I be able to boot to a seperate OS (OS2) and edit the startup programs on OS1?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Installing WinXP onto a USB flash drive

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Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop, HDD crapped out about 2 wks after the CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive failed. I have a slipstreamed XP Home-SP3 CD I created before both drives failed, and have all my important "stuff" backed up on several DVD's. I also have an external DVD-RAM drive to reinstall all my docs, progs, pics, etc... but the old (5-6 yrs) laptop BIOS does not support booting off an external CD/DVD--it will boot from a USB Flash Drive. This being the first time I'm attempting to replace a HDD & re-install an OS, I'll admit I'm more than a little overwhelmed by all the stuff I've read and quite frankly am lost as to what PRECISELY I need to do.Here's what I Have:Dell 2200 Laptop w/ failed 40gb Seagate HDD & failed LG OEM CD/DVD drive.--original specs & equipment: http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=anavml&~tab=2A slipstreamed XP Home SP-3 CDImportant folders, progs, docs backed up on DVD/CD/ this comp-- (Gateway, Win 7 Home Premium)A new Western Digital 80 gb HDD (new, still in sealed package) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136129&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-A new (still in package) 4GB Flash driveA second laptop (this one) to download anything (info, progs, drivers, etc...) I may need during during reinstallationWhat I need to do:Install the new HDDInstall Win XP from Flash DriveWha... Read more

A:Need help installing new HDD & reinstalling XP SP3 with USB Flash Drive

Found a way that works (so far, the new drive formatting as I type this) here:Flashboot: http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/Guide with screenshots: http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/screenshot.phpFormatted & copied CD to USB stick, I plugged it into the old Dell, booted and it uses FDisk to format the drive, unfortunately in FAT-32, no option for NTFS...It's at 90% now, I will post back with any further developments, Good or Bad.Edit 1: Setup is copying files...Edit 2: Converted to NTFS, @ 34 min mark Edit 3: Done! Installing the first 90 Windows Updates.That was a LOT easier than I thought it would be

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Help Please
I created bootable usb with wintoflash software when I boot from usb it fails to find my hdd partition so I could select drive E for xp installation & yes I just formatted win 7 from E drive with windows tool create and format partitions.
-first formatted
-deleted partition
-re-allocated space
-system shows it is a primary healthy drive

Can you please help me out why booting wont detect hdd??

A:Installing Xp from a bootable flash drive

If the hard drive is a SATA drive, XP will need the SATA drivers to install if the drive controller is in AHCI mode.The options are to set the drive controller to emulate IDE mode in the BIOS, have the mainboard SATA drivers available if the flash drive setup offers the usual F6 option to load third party drivers during setup, or create the flash drive installer from an XP disc with the SATA drivers already slipstreamed in.
This is the most likely cause I can think of for the installer to not find a drive.

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I have properly configured a USB flash drive to make it bootable, put the files from the W7 install image on it and can boot from it and install W7 on my computer.

All good so far. But I have an extra 5 GB of space on this flash drive and I would like to put some other useful programs on it, if possible, without messing up my ability to install/repair windows with this flash drive.

So can I just add in some more folders to the flash drive, containing other programs like, for example, the Acronis TIH bootable rescue image containing TIH and Acronis Disk Director Suite, and have it so I could choose to boot into them or the Windows install/repair disk? And, if so, how would I set this up?

Thanks in advance for any help with this.

A:Installing from USB Flash Drive question

I just added some folders with my AVg antivirus install, wallpapers, gadgets, etc.

After I installed Win7 from the flash drive, I just went & opened the folders & copied the stuff I wanted over to the HD. If you got the space use it.

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I have recently built a brand new PC from the ground up, I am now at the point of installing a new OS, in this instance Windows XP Pro SP3. I was able to format and install the OS when booting from the disc, then it was fine booting by itself to complete the installation, then finally trying to boot up windows to use and i get the blue screen of death with the error message:

STOP: 0x0000007B (0xBACC3524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I tried placing the hard drive in a separate working PC that was already running Windows XP and booting it there, same problem, I then booted the other PC normally with the new hard drive as a secondary, booted fine, then ran error checking and chkdsk, all turned out fine apparently. As the hard drive is new I doubt it is nearing the end of its life like other people have written. I have also tried reformatting it using the latest stable version of GParted Live CD yet the problem remains. Please help me, it would be a shame to see the computer null when I'm so close to completing it.

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Just got a problem with a machine that DID have a nasty WinXPAntivirus problem.

Viruses have been cleaned out now, but it did test me for a while. Looks like the new variant also disables the USB ports so that I couldn't install my memory stick with all my antivirus tools to clean it. It did also block the icons for the items in My Computer also showing up, the icons have been restored, however it wont recognise that a CD has been inserted so that I can read files from there either.

I did finally manage to get it cleaned up by restoring some registry entries and downloading the tools via the internet.

So any ideas? The device manager shows that there is a USB Drive (with an exclamation mark next to it). Normally you dont need drivers for the generic device and its installed automatically. I've tried to select a driver manually (choose myself option), but I cant find anything in the list to make it work.

I've checked the Driver Signing and its set to Ignore, so there shouldnt be anything there blocking it.

Thanks in advance.

A:USB Flash drive being detected but not installing drivers

Hi Paul !

What service pack do you have ? USB drivers are included in XP since SP2. What's the brand and model of the motherboard ?

Unhook all usb devices, restart the computer, go to start => run and type sfc /scannow (mind the space after sfc). The system file checker will restore possibly corrupt system files and some default registry settings. If this is XP Home there's a bug that can make it ask for the XP Pro CD, just keep clicking on retry. Don't do other things on the computer while sfc is running and restart the computer once it's done. See if it detects your usb drive properly now.

If the system file checker didn't help and if this is a retail installation you can try a repair installation. You'll need an XP CD with the same service pack as the one that's installed on your computer, google for "slipstream SP2" or "slipstream SP3" if you need to add the service pack to your CD. To make sure remnants of the infection don't come in the way I would backup all your personal data on another physical drive. If you have IE7 you'll need to uninstall it before proceeding to the repair installation. Boot on the XP CD, press enter to "setup windows XP now", accept the licence agreement then select the partition windows is currently installed on and press 'R' to repair the selected installation.

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Hey all.

I am trying to do a reformat of my system, and I'm attempting to install the OS (Vista) from a 4 GB USB flash drive, as my DVD drive is iffy at best, and will only respond when it feels like it.

I Googled some information on how to do that and found some good information (or so I thought.) I will admit, I do not have a working Vista DVD any longer so I have an ISO that I downloaded.

So I set up my BIOS boot sequence to boot from the flash drive once I made it bootable, and restarted my laptop. That's when I get the error message "BOOTMGR not found. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del for restart."

My question is: Is there any way I can download BOOTMGR -- from the Microsoft website, maybe? I really need to get my laptop running with Vista 32-bit because at the moment, it's running 64 bit and it obviously can't handle it (I'm having several issues.)

Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Problems installing Vista from a flash USB drive

How did you copy the contents of the ISO to your flashdrive?

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Im trying to do a clean install of windows 7 to my XP, but I will be using a flashdrive because I dont have a DVD drive for this computer.

First I made sure my usb becomes bootable by typing the following in the command prompt

list disk
select disk 1 1 is my usb disk
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs quick

And then
Cd boot and added bootsect.exe/ntf60 to my flash drive.
I then copied everything from the Windows 7 dvd installer to the flashdrive from a computer that has a dvd drive.

My problem is, when I select to boot from the flashdrive, it gives me the "Disk read error press ctrl alt delete to restart" instead of leading me to the installation process.
I thought the flash drive was defective so i tried using an external harddrive, but it gave me the same error.
The media/installer is not defected either. It runs on the other computer.

Any ideas?

A:[SOLVED] Installing win7 from flash drive

Hi see if this method works any better Install Windows 7 From USB

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Before i used to never have problems but today i connected my flash drive into my computer and vista wouldnt "install it". the progress bar just keeps going and i cant open it to view the files. Im not sure if this is vista or my USB ports because i had problems with my USB ports recently but i was pretty sure it was a powersupply problem which i fixed. This is also a fresh install of vista.

well it finally installed after about 10 minutes but i still cant see it under my computer. even after a restart.

also when i went to safely remove and told it to stop USB mass storage device the window froze.

A:Vista not installing Flash drive software

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Recently I dropped my Acer Aspire 1420-2039 notebook damaging the hard drive.

I ordered a new WD Blue WD2500BEVT.

Unfortunately the week before I dropped my computer, I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

So I downloaded an .iso file of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, (What was originally installed on the computer when purchased) and downloaded the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool to re-install the OS using a USB Flash Drive since my computer does not have an optical disk.

When I get to the install screen, Windows will not let me select the hard drive with error 0x80300001 "Windows is unable to install to the selected location."

Usually other forums suggest selecting the proper drivers for the drive, however WD does not have drivers available for download saying it uses windows' default drivers.

If I create a new partition, say 20gb's, and then format it and attempt to install on it, I get an error saying "Setup was unable to create a system partition" and thus unable to advance.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:Installing Windows on Bare Hard Drive error 0x80300001

Assuming this is a standard sata HDD-
If you don't want the system reserved partition then you could try formatting the drive with one full partition. If you delete the partition causing the drive partition to be unallocated Windows should create the default 100MB system reserved partition.

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OK. Bear with me here, I'm going to try and be as concise about my problem as I can. :)

Basically, I am looking to do a reformat and clean install of Windows Vista 32-bit. I recently had a virus that caused me to have to reformat -- a friend did the reformat for me then, but loaded 64-bit Vista onto my machine not realizing that my laptop cannot handle a 64-bit OS, at least according to the information I can find in the system information. Additionally, I've been experiencing some pretty severe issues since 64-bit was installed.

So, no problem, right? Just run the Vista DVD and do a clean install! Ah, but you see, I can't do that, because my CD/DVD combo drive is being iffy and will only work when it wants to..not when *I* want it to. So I can't do a clean install from the actual DVD.

Because of that, I downloaded an ISO online, and I would like to try installing Vista from a 4 GB USB flash drive I have. I went looking online for instructions on how to do so, and found some that looked pretty in-depth. Formatted the flash drive, copied the files over to the drive, set my BIOS to boot from the drive, and restarted my machine.

Lo and behold...I get an error message on startup: Bootmgr missing. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.

So, I guess my bootmgr file is missing? I'm not sure what to do about this. I mean, obviously I have Vista installed on my C: drive currently, so could I possibly copy the bootmgr file from the Windows file to my flash drive? Is... Read more

A:Installing a clean version of Vista using a USB flash drive?


Originally Posted by Snoofie

. . my CD/DVD combo drive is being iffy and will only work when it wants to..not when *I* want it to. So I can't do a clean install from the actual DVD.

. . I downloaded an ISO online, and I would like to try installing Vista from a 4 GB USB flash drive I have.

Lo and behold...I get an error message on startup: Bootmgr missing.

If your DVD drive is INOP, you need to replace it as Vista can only be loaded via DVD.

The "Bootmgr missing" is due to the fact that you used a non-genuine copy of Windows Vista and tried to install it from a USB device.

If you do not have a Vista DVD, contact your system manufacturer, Gateway, and purchase a replacement Vista recovery DVD. I don't know what Gateway charges, but I purchase similar recovery discs from HP in 2008 for under $30, including shipping/handling.

Gateway Recovery Media Purchase Program --> https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=gateway

I cannot assist you any further in this matter.

The thread is now closed.

Regards. . .



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