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Hi,

I'm trying to install Win XP on a laptop that does not have a cdrom or the ability to boot from USB.

I removed the laptop's HD, put it in another computer, and copied the Win XP CD to it.

Then I made a DOS boot disk and booted up to A:\

I ran c:\i386\winnt, which copied a bunch of setup files. The installer then said thta it needed to restart the computer to resume the setup process and that I should remove the floppy from its drive. Upon restarting w/o the floppy in, I get the error message: "operating system not found".  

It is clear that the Win XP installer was able to copy the files it needed to from C:\i386\, but for some reason C:\ is not bootable after this.

What can I do?

kevin
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by:souseran
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Did you follow these Microsoft instructions:

How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994
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by:highqllc
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yes.

That method is worthless. The point of those 6 disks is to get your system to a point where it can read the Win XP cd.  But my laptop doesn't even have a CD-rom.  So, I used that six disk set to get to the point where it prompted me to "please insert the Windows XP cd and hit enter".  

So, I believe the way I'm doing it now is the only viable way. There is just soemthing wrong regarding making C: bootable so it can continue with the setup
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by:rid
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You may need to redo this:

Use your boor floppy and make a suitable partition on the hard drive, while it is in the system it will be used in and format it FAT32. Make the hard drive bootable (e.g. using the sys command). Then move the HD to another computer, copy the setup files, move it back and try again.

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by:highqllc
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Hi Yoga. that didn't work because when I run winnt32.exe it says "this program cannot be run in DOS mode".

Hi nobus: that didn't work because it assumes you have a CD-rom.

I will try Rid's suggestion now.

thanks!

kevin
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by:nobus
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well you need somewhere a cd rom, to read the XP cd.
This means reading the cd on another PC - totally without a cd does not work; you need the XP setup folder somewhere.
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by:highqllc
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Rid, I'm not sure how to format the hard drive in the no-cdrom laptop. I guess this entails loading some programs on a floppy that can format it.  Do you know what programs I need?  Is it possible just to format it in another computer?  I bought a converter that allows me to plug in this laptop's harddrive into any USB.  So, I was thinking of mounting it via USB on a working XP machine and formatting it with the graphical windows formatting tool.  What do you think?
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by:rid
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Go to www.bootdisk.com and download a floppy image, follow instructions to create a bootable floppy. The "sys" command should be present and that is used for making a (formatted) hard drive DOS bootable.
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by:highqllc
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Hi Rid,

There are a LOT of disks at bootdisk.com. I tried one randomly and it didn't have sys or fdisk or anything on it. Which bootdisk there should I download?

thanks,

kevin
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by:rid
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http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm'
Choose the 98 OEM bootdisk. It's an .exe file (a program) and you need to run it. The process will create a boot floppy for you.
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by:rid
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I just tried that boot floppy. Once the file has run and created the boot floppy, you can boot off it. At startup it will create a ramdrive, with a drive letter depending on other drives in the system. On this ramdrive (which could be like D: or E:) you'll find several utilities, including sys.
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by:Feroz Ahmed
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Hi,
It is not possible to install Xp with Boot Disk (Floppy Disk ) ,you can Install win98 but not windows xp ,and you can try as you have mentioned like while cpying setup files it stopped and a messgae might have come on the screen to remove the floppy disk and boot once you remove floppy drive for reboot for setup to continue ,once it is rebooted after removing floppy disk again insert the floppy into floppy disk while rebooting and check it should continue with installation.
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