Installing Windows XP on Netbooks and Other Computers Without DVD Drive

Contents

1. Preparing USB thumbdrive

Get USB thumbdrive. Fast one (USB 2.0 device) is recommended. Minimum capacity is 1Gb.

Download and install FlashBoot.

Step-by-step guide follows:


1) Run FlashBoot, click Next

FlashBoot Screenshot - Welcome Screen


2) Choose CD -> USB in Main Menu

FlashBoot Screenshot - Main Menu


3) Choose CD/DVD drive or image file and click Next

FlashBoot Screenshot - CD to USB: Specify Source


4) Choose "Convert Windows XP/2000 installation CD" from the scenario list and click Next

FlashBoot Screenshot - CD to USB: Choose Scenario


5) Choose target USB disk (flash, HDD) or image file and click Next

FlashBoot Screenshot - CD to USB: Specify Target


6) Enter volume label or leave it as is and click Next

FlashBoot Screenshot - CD to USB: Formatting Options


7) Check summary information and click Next

FlashBoot Screenshot - CD to USB: Summary Screen


8) Wait for process completion

FlashBoot Screenshot - Progress Screen


9) USB disk is ready for use. Click OK to exit

FlashBoot Screenshot - Completed Successfully


2. Setting up BIOS to boot from USB thumbdrive

Follow this guide.

3. Running Windows XP installation from USB thumbdrive

This should be obvious. First, you need to create partitions with DOS-style FDISK, then installation continues usual way via DOS-based Setup, Text-Mode Setup and finally GUI Setup. If you have any questions, consult this gallery.

4. What if I'm getting BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) during installation?

This is probably because you have AHCI enabled in your BIOS setup. Read this article to get more information about working around BSoD issues during Windows XP installation.