Step-by-step instructions for installing Windows XP from a flash drive on a netbook
Despite the fact that Windows XP is today considered obsolete and on it the manufacturer has long since stopped releasing updates, it still is still very popular.
Including the owners of netbooks. Because these gadgets have quite modest performance parameters. Installation is usually done with flash.
What you need
To install OS Windows XP on a netbook will need:
- the distribution of Windows XP;
- the memory card is connected to PC via USB port;
- specialized software.
To perform the act in question without any difficulty, it is advisable to get a «clean» version of XP, without a different kind of «add-ons» in the form of built-in applications and drivers. Because otherwise you may experience all sorts of conflicts in software in the PC, leading to difficulties in the process, and settings.
The key point is the existence of a special USB memory which, with the help of special applications is copied by the OS. This memory is connected before starting the computer. To create a bootable device the best choice will be application WinSetupFromUS.
Install Windows XP from the flash drive on the netbook begins with preparatory work.
It consists of the following stages:
- the creation of a special boot record on the USB memory;
- copy operating system onto the media;
All stages is very important, preferably maximum responsible attitude to each of them. Because otherwise, the probability of data loss or any other problems associated with the disposal of information or something like that.
Video: Windows XP on a netbook
Bootable USB flash drive with WinSetupFromUS
App called WinSetupFromUS allows for a minimum amount of time to prepare a distribution with the current boot area, allowing for the installation of the operating system on a netbook. The process of loading the operating system onto the media through WinSetupFromUS becomes almost completely automated. Users only need to pre-format it.
Formatting should be done using specialized software. The best option in this case is a program BootIce. It is important to remember one important feature of this process – after its completion, the card memory will be completely destroyed without possibility of recovery. Therefore, it is desirable to store them on other media.
The formatting process must be performed in strict order:
- plug the device into an available USB port;
- run the utility BootIce;
- in the dialog box, select the drop-down list disk.
- click on the button called «Perform Format» — it is located in the lower right corner of the program window;
- a new window will open in which you want to choose the option called USB-HDD mode (Single Partition) and click on the button «Next Setup»;
- you must choose a file system called NTFS (in any case not FAT) and click OK.
When all of the above operations are performed, we need only to wait a bit. The formatting process takes a small amount of time. It is only important in any case not to pull out during this operation the device from the port, and to power down the computer. This can badly affect the device, and the process will have to start over.
Creation of boot record and boot loader
When the formatting is successfully completed, you can proceed to the next stage of work – creation of the bootable area on the device and immediately boot record.
This is done as follows:
- open the application workspace BootIce and click on the «Process MBR» is the second button from the left edge (in any case should not be confused with the «Process PBR»);
- on the computer screen a window will appear with a long list – tick off in the penultimate paragraph (5 NT.x MBR);
- press the left button of the mouse to click «Install/Config» and agree with all subsequent requirements.
When the transaction is completed, you can proceed to download the distribution to the media. For this you will need to use the app WinSetupFromUS.
Copying Windows XP to flash drive
Run the application WinSetupFromUS.
A window will open where you can perform the following actions:
- in the box titled «USB disk selection and format,» select the device you want to make copies of the operating system;
- put a checkmark in the field called «Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup»;
- click on the ellipsis located opposite the empty field and select the folder on your local drive containing the OS distribution;
- click on the button «OK»;
- in the empty field will display the path to the distribution;
- in the lower part of the window is a button «GO» — click on it with the left mouse button.
When all the above steps exactly fulfilled, it only remains to wait for some time. After you finish creating the boot device on the screen appears the message «Job Done» — in English this means that the work is done. After performing all the above operations can safely proceed with the installation.
To check whether it is possible to carry out the installation with copied to the device distribution, simply insert the media into the USB port and wait for a while. If your PC is on startup, then after a while on the monitor a dialog box appears giving the opportunity to perform the installation. If this window is missing, somewhere, a mistake was made.
Video: Windows XP with USB Flash drive on netbook
How to install Windows XP from a flash drive on a netbook
The installation system of this type on a personal computer, regardless of its type, is not a big deal. Some problems sometimes occur at the stage of preparatory work. Is setting the BIOS priority of the device in the process of loading and other important points.
Especially often difficulties arise when trying to install XP on the PC model, which uses SATA. This version of the OS quite a problem working with the controller of the given type. Therefore, when configuring the BIOS must translate the hard disk controller in IDE mode for compatibility.
If the ability to perform such an operation for some reason is missing, then you must use a version of XP with integrated drivers that allow the system to work normally with SATA-devices.
Pre-setting the BIOS XP installation involves two main stages:
- priority device to boot from;
- switching the controller of the hard disk in IDE mode (if the hard drive works via the SATA interface).
To enter the BIOS, you need to start the download personal computer to press a certain key combination, or any one.
For different models of netbooks these keys are different. It all depends on the model-specific Bios:
- ALR – F2, Ctrl+Alt+Esc;
- AMD – F1;
- AMI – Del, F2;
- Award Bios – Del, Ctrl+Alt+Esc;
- DTK – Esc;
- Phoenix – Ctrl+Alt+Esc, Ctrl+Alt+S Ctrl+Alt+Ins.
The boot priority
To make USB flash drive a priority when you boot your personal computer, you must follow the steps in strict order:
- to enter the Bios;
- find a menu called Boot or similar, with a similar name;
- to detect the Boot Device Priority;
- select your USB drive.
Bootloader menu may look otherwise. Often under the item «Boot» hides the list of devices from which loading can be carried out. And simply by pressing «-» and «+» choose the right. (1st boot devise, 2st boot devise). When all the required manipulations are completed, it is necessary to switch the controller mode to IDE-compatible – if the distribution has no driver.
Switching controller a SATA hard drive in IDE compatible mode
Many BIOSes netbook today support IDE mode is compatibility.
To enable this mode, you perform the following steps:
- to enter the Bios;
- find the option called SATA MODE;
- with the buttons «+» and «-» to change the mode to IDE.
In different modes the menu may differ significantly. When searching for the desired item to focus on technically the term SATA. In most cases, menu titles allow you to manipulate the controller and regime of its operation.
The installation process
The process of installing Windows XP from the flash drive as follows:
- after booting from the distribution displays a blue screen that says «installation» and your computer will automatically prepare for the implementation of the installation;
- when training is complete, you will see a list of three items – you must simply press the Enter key.
- in the next window select the hard disk which will be copied to the system – after selecting press the Enter key;
- when the selection is successfully completed, a new window will open – press «C»;
- if necessary, the system will enable to format the partition – just select the desired item, and then press Enter.
After formatting, will start the installation process. He practically takes place entirely in automatic mode.
User interaction is required only at the stage of:
- enter the user name and password.
- enter your license key;
- writing the name of the personal computer;
- setting the date and time
The last stage will be to create an account. After completion of this phase a personal computer could be used to perform various tasks.
Equipment of this type is gradually disappearing (replaced by tablets), as well as the XP operating system. Despite this, today netbooks are still relevant and are available commercially. Since many users are quite conservative and go for new not in a hurry. That’s why installing XP from a flash drive is practiced until now.