Booting from a CD / USB flash media

Hi,

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?

Regards,
Doru
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Viper596Connect With a Mentor Commented:
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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PUNKYConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, you can install windows xp in flash drive, please see the link for how to make one:

http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=177102101
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johnb6767Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Without using BartPE, it is supposedly impossible, but if you are daring enough to try.....

Installing and booting Windows XP from USB drive -- Guide
http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176

This is NOT a BartPE install, but a Full XP installation
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Shanmuga SundaramConnect With a Mentor Director of Software EngineeringCommented:
check whether this helps

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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