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$hitblast

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1. When using command prompt and every other tool mentioned below open it with administrator rights. Do you know how?

2. Null the first sectors on the USB:

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showto...st&p=852517

3. Unplug and replug your USB stick after every write operation, using safely remove hardware icon

4. Format USB stick manually in NTFS using HPUSBFW.EXE in \WinSetupFromUSB\files\tools\. Keep in mind about admin rights.

5. Replug USB stick.

6. Close any windows explorer instances opened and any other program which may be accessing the USB stick. Disable antivirus program if you have such.

7. In CMD go to \WinSetupFromUSB\files\grub4dos\

8. Type

fsutil volume dismount H:

replacing H: with the drive letter of the USB stick

9. Immediately after that issue

grubinst -v (hd1,0)

assuming you have only 1 internal hard disk and no other USB disks plugged in.

10. If you see "write error" run fsutil again and grubinst right after it.

11. If still no luck- run fsutil again, but after it put grub4dos MBR-

grubinst -v (hd1)

12. If you succeed run WinSetupFromUSB (the test version above) and check only these 2 options:

-syslinux boot sector (ignore the warning about syslinux and NTFS)

-test in QEMU

13. Do you see grub4dos command prompt in QEMU?

14 If yes- close QEMU and put XP setup files or whatever you wanted to put on the USB stick. You should be good to go.

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Greetings again. I tried installing to another machine; a HP Mini Note 2133 (2GB-version). It went slowly (FAT32) but surely (~100min) and Windows got installed just fine without errors. However, I cannot boot the installation without booting it through the stick. I've tried recovery console from the stick, logging onto the installed windows, then using fixmbr and fixboot, but to no avail. I have three partitions on the disk, one blank, one with xp and one backup-partition preinstalled from HP. In windows, the windows-partition is marked as "boot" and "system." Any ideas? And yes, I've changed the boot-sequence in bios back to internal hard drive.

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Ok back with a report.....

IT WORKS!!!!!

I zeroed the flash drive as posted above and did everything in that thread. Thanks ilko_t

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Indeed...thanks for all your help. I now carry my flash drive around with me with all the versions of Windows on.

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