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Installing XP over Vista without CD-ROM

I just bought Thinkpad 61X, and it came with Vista that I hate. I do have an installation CD with XP, and I want to get rid of Vista and install XP. Unfortunately, I don't have a converter so the trick with removing the hard drive won't work. I don't have a problem with reformating the hard drive, but my main problem is that the laptop doesn't have a CD-ROM so I am not sure how I can use the installation CD to install XP. I only have an external USB hard drive. I tried to copy the content of the CD to the external hard drifve and have the laptop boot from the external hard drive, but I get a black screen during the start up, and it looks like the laptop just gets stuck.

Could somebody please suggest how I can install XP over Vista without having a CD-ROM?
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simpswrCommented:
Look in the BIOS for a setting that might let you set the first boot from USB . . That might let you install from the external CD drive
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KCTSCommented:
Before you even think of getting rid of Vista make sure that you download all the XP drivers required - including the disk driver - a lot of prople have tried to get rid of vista have not done so and regreted it. Even when you have got the disk driver you will need to supply it on a floppy disk or slipstream the CD with the driver.

Once you have got the drivers and are ready to proceed then an external CD drive would seem the simplest solution.
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PUNKYCommented:
You can install XP from external hard drive, however, as experts said above, you will need external usb cd/dvd drive. Your Thinkpad has option to boot from usb and external drive.
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alositoAuthor Commented:
Yes, I did see an option in BIOS to boot from an external HDD. So what I did was I copied all the content from the XP installation CD to the external HDD, changed the boot order so that it boots from the external HDD first, and restarted the laptop. When I did that, all I got was a black screen with no activity at all on it. What did I do wrong?
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PUNKYCommented:
Alosito,

Copy contents in CD to hard drive wont make the the drive becomes bootable drive though. The OS must be install properly in hard drive (boot record, boot file, etc. those will be created during installation, not simply just copy over).
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nobusCommented:
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alositoAuthor Commented:
The instructions on http://searchwincomputing.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid68_gci955465,00.html do require you to have a CD-ROM and a floppy drive. I don't have neither one.
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PUNKYCommented:
Alrite, you might try to create a partition for store the contents of XP CD on the drive you want install XP, not from external drive. Then, you could install XP from there.
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nobusCommented:
>>  do require you to have a CD-ROM and a floppy drive. I don't have neither one.  <<  yes they do - On an OTHER PC !   you need a minimum of tools to do something...
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moorhouselondonCommented:
Elaborating a bit on Punky's suggestion:-

What about using the Shrink partition management utility in Vista to shrink your main hard drive partition, then create a new one specifically to contain the XP CD content, plus drivers specific to this pc?  (In the circumstances, I think this is your best bet).

Question:  If you don't have a CDROM drive, there must be a partition on the Hard Drive already that contains Vista, so that you can recover it in case of a problem?
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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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