Netbooks such as the Asus Eee PC 901 are a newer type of mobile computing device, providing the major functions of a laptop in a smaller form. While Netbooks can perform most tasks that regular laptops can, a major disadvantage of these systems is the lack of an optical disc drive, such as a DVD drive. This can prove troublesome to users who are looking to install a new operating system on their Netbook, because the installation files come on a CD. Fortunately, there is a way to download operating system installation files to USB drives.
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Things you need
- Windows XP installation CD
- 1 GB or greater flash USB drive
- Computer with optical disc drive
Download and install the FlashBoot software (see Resources). Run the installation application and choose the default settings for installation.
Run the FlashBoot software from the Windows Start Menu by clicking "Start" > "Program Files" > "FlashBoot" > "FlashBoot." The software will start up in a new window.
Click on "CD > USB" in the FlashBoot main menu to convert your Windows XP Installation CD into a bootable USB drive.
Insert your Windows XP Installation CD into your optical disc drive. In the FlashBoot software, select in the drop-down list the CD Drive in which you put your installation CD. Click the "Next" button.
Select "Convert Windows XP/2000 installation CD" from the list and click "Next."
Plug your USB device into the computer. In the FlashBoot menu, select the USB drive volume from the drop-down list and click the "Next" button.
Click "Format Now!" to format your disk and download the Windows XP installation files onto your USB drive through the FlashBoot software.
Download and Install the PeToUSB freeware application from the Softpedia website (see Resources). Install the application with the default settings.
Run the PeToUSB application from the Windows Start Menu by clicking "Start" > "Program Files" > "PeToUSB." The application will start in a new window.
Check the "USB Removable" option from the PeToUSB interface. Plug in your USB drive and click the "Refresh" button. Select your USB device from the "Destination Drive:" drop-down list.
Insert your Windows Installation Disk into your optical disc drive. In the "Source Path To Built BartPE/WinPE Files:" option, click the "..." button to navigate to your Windows Installation Disk path. Select your Installation Disk in the file browser and click "OK" to confirm.
Check the "Enable Disk Format" and click the "Start" button to begin formatting your USB drive and copying the Installation Disk contents onto the USB device. The format and copying process will finish in 15 to 20 minutes.
Download the Bart PE Builder freeware application (see Resources). Install the application using the default installation settings and follow the on-screen instructions.
Download and run the HP USB Disk Format Tool from the official HP Support Website (see Resources).
Insert your USB Drive into your computer and select the device from the "Device Name:" drop-down list on the HP USB Disk Format Tool.
Select FAT as the file format system, and check the box titled "Create a DOS Startup Disk." Click the "Start" button to format your USB Drive.
Insert your Windows Installation Disk into your computer's CD drive. Double-click on "My Computer" on your Desktop to open the Windows Explorer File Browser. Right-click on your Windows Installation Disk and select "Explore."
Press "Ctrl + A" to select all of the files within the Windows Installation Disk. Press "Ctrl + C" to copy the files. Navigate to the "C:\" directory and create a new folder by right-clicking the white space on the interface and selecting "New" > "Folder." Name the folder "WindowsInstall" and press "Enter" to confirm the folder creation.
Double-click on the folder and press "Ctrl + V" to paste the files into your new folder.
Run the PE Builder application by clicking "Start" > "Program Files" > "PE Builder" > "PE Builder." Click the "..." button next to the "Source:" text field to open a file browser window. Select your "WindowsInstall" folder from Step 6 and click "OK."
Verify that the "Media Output" option is selected as "None" and click the "Build" button to write the Windows XP files to your USB Drive.
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