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Install Windows XP without Floppy, CD-ROM, USB devices on a Laptop

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zeotechFlag for United States of America asked on
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I have a client with a pretty busted Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop.  The CD-ROM is broken, all of the USB ports are broken except one.  I have an external CD-ROM (usb) but it doesn't get picked up in the BIOS to boot from it and in Windows it never fully installs.  I have a laptop IDE to USB converter that i am using to backup the original data on the drive. What is the best method to get a clean install of Windows XP on this laptop?  I have never had any luck with installing Windows XP from a USB drive, and i don't particularly trust the 1 remaining USB port.  I am thinking there has to be a way to store the installation files from the Windows CD on the hard drive itself.  Ideas?

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