windows xp usb flash drive install

I have a Dell with a proprietary cd-rom. I was trying to install my copy of windows xp but I keep getting a blue screen, I wanted to try a different cd-rom, but since the cd is proprietary, I don’t have another to try.
So I thought I would try the windows setup from a flash drive, and found some instructions, but when I try to boot from my flash drive, I just get a blinking cursor in the upper left corner of the screen. I checked my bios and the pc will boot from a usb device, and I have it as the first boot device.
So does anyone have maybe better instructions on how put the windows xp setup on a flash drive and make the drive bootable?
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JeffBeallAsked:
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
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Darr247Commented:
Supposedly, that USB/DVD tool's only for ISOs purchased from the microsoftstore.

I use QEMU on a linux machine to test bootable USB sticks...

Use the mount command to see where autofs mounts the stick, then umount the stick and run QEMU like,

# qemu -hda /dev/sdf -m 256 -vga std
where /dev/sdf was the device autofs mounted the USB stick as. QEMU cannot test the stick while it's mounted.

If the stick goes through the simulated boot OK using QEMU but it won't boot in the computer, then almost-certainly the problem is the computer not being setup properly to boot from USB.

I think I've seen a QEMU for windows, but have never used it.
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Marc ZCommented:
Can you create a linux live cd to test your  cd boot ability?  Is there actual data on the dell cd?  Did you make sure you were "viewing all hidden and system files" when you tried to create bootable cd?
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
"Can you create a linux live cd to test your  cd boot ability?"

i can boot off a linux cd. i tried the latest version of ubuntu and it booted and install without a problem. at work i bet i could find a different winxp cd. i'll try that.
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Darr247Commented:
For what it's worth, the key on the Dell certificate of authenticity won't work with a retail CD. It likely doesn't match the key in the current install, either, if you extract it with a tool like Jellybean Keyfinder. But if you can find another Dell CD, that might be worth a try. If the Dell is still under warranty, they might send you another one for free. Otherwise I'm not sure if waiting on hold for them to get you to the right department to pay for one would be less hassle than just buying one on an auction site.

I'll see if I can extract an iso image from one of my Dell XP CDs with ISOBuster and get that microsoft tool to make a bootable USB stick, or if it really works only with iso images directly from the microsoft store.
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nobusCommented:
any comments on my post ?
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
sorry nobus, i had to work tonight, i'll try your post tomorrow.
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Darr247Commented:
I think that microsoft store USB tool only works with Windows 7 ISOs.

I tried extracting images from a couple different Dell XP CDs I have (XP Pro SP2 and SP3) and that tool said they were not valid ISO files, but I extracted an iso from my Dell Win 7 Ultimate DVD and it made a bootable USB stick using that with no problem...  took about 12 minutes.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
sorry, had to work again last night.
tonight i'll try when i get home.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Sorry you are correct, the Microsoft tool will not work with XP. I seem to have lost track if that detail.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
i finally found a different windows xp cd and tried it in the dell box. i had the exact same error.
also since i can boot and install ubuntu, i don't think it's the cdrom
so i'm going to try slipstreaming sp3 and all the drivers for this dell box.
keep your fingers crossed!
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nobusCommented:
not sure if you tried what i posted yet?
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
sorry nobus, i couldn't get it to work, even though PeToUsb said that the operation completed successfully?
any way i got it to work by slipstreaming sp3 and video drivers into my copy of winXP.
thanks for the help everybody.
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nobusCommented:
ok - glad it's working
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