Install windows by copying install files.
I here have a portable that cannot boot from USB, and has no optical drive. But I want to install windows XP.
What I did, is using a bracket simply connected the hard disk to my PC, and then installed the Windows on that drive. Put it back in the portable, it starts, but then hangs on a black screen. I guess some default drivers not ok.
Any solutions ? I was thinking of copying all the files from the CD to the hard disk and then launch installation from the portable. But how :)
I'll also try a sysprep tomorrow;
most likely device driver issue; storage controller.
what kind of laptop is it?
on what kind of system are you "preinstalling" the XP?
is there a floppy drive available?
There is no external drive.
Installing on a E5200 + nvidia chipset board, and want to use it on a P3 based portable. 7 year gap :)
do you still have a driver CD of this laptop? what kind of portable?
Dell C400. Drivers can be found on the dell site, that's not the problem.
install all those drivers on the XP system before you move it to the C400
Doesn't do the trick.
Extra question. How can I install dos on the harddisk and make it bootable. Only dos. So that I can copy the data folder from he cd and launch so the installation.
Format the laptop HDD as FAT16/32 in Windows XP
Do you have a floppy drive in your main PC?
create 98SE bootdisk floppy;
on your main PC, disconnect all HDD drives except lappy HDD, reboot your machine with the 98SE floppy. Do a "sys C:" at the command prompt, this will copy the DOS system files to your HDD an make it bootable;
afterwards you can reconnect all other HDDs reboot in XP and copy the i386 folder from your XP cd
don't have floppy either. Will try with windows 98 CD
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