Booting from a CD / USB flash media


Can I boot from a read only CD/DVD/Flash media, to run OS and some applications, for example Word, Excel, etc? Basically, do I need a HDD to use a computer?

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Yes you can do that, but it's fairly complicated. Do a google search for BartPE or Ultimate Boot CD and that should point you in the right direction

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Yes, you can install windows xp in flash drive, please see the link for how to make one:
Without using BartPE, it is supposedly impossible, but if you are daring enough to try.....

Installing and booting Windows XP from USB drive -- Guide

This is NOT a BartPE install, but a Full XP installation
Shanmuga SundaramDirector of Software EngineeringCommented:
check whether this helps
Forced accept.

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