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Feature : Make an USB bootable installation


alsiladka
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Hey Nuhi,

Although there exist tutorials on the net on how to do it, it would be nice if nLite would integrate this feature in itself.

Along with a directly burn to CD option, Can we have a Make a Bootable USB Installation source?

Since now a days most of the systems allow booting using the USB PenDrives, it would be awsome if we could install XP using our pendrives.

This way , if anything goes wrong or a file goes missing, we do not waste a CD and no fuss about burning and all.

Do you people support this Feature Request?

There are instruction on this site to Install XP using USB drive, but i could not follow it, bit too technical.

http://www.vandomburg.net/articles/2006/03...ows-xp-from-usb

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I think it is not that easy to make an integrated one-size-fits-all solution.

The article alsiladka pointed to is just one of the methods, I tried to list them in this post:

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=81788&st=6

The article describes a variant of method 2), as said in related thread, most probably a reduced winbuilder generated boot would be more handy than a BartPE build, some contributions are needed:

http://www.boot-land.net/forums/Time-for-a...lenge-t644.html

Method 1) is completely described and working.

Method 3) is "on hold", for total lack of contributors.

Porear in this thread:

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=61384&hl=

partially succeeded in method 4)

(the USB stick is good for one install, then the files on it must be re-generated, I am still working on a way to undelete them and thus make direct re-use possible) Though I had no time to develop it, I am working along the line of re-calculating FAT tables to be able to save (and later restore) sectors that list directory entries with findpart. If anyone has some ideas or knows a better app to do the above is welcome to make suggestions.

cdob tried method 5) and failed, though I think that it is possible, with some more tweaks, again, any contribution from people with powerful enough hardware is needed.

jaclaz

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partially succeeded in method 4)

(the USB stick is good for one install, then the files on it must be re-generated, I am still working on a way to undelete them and thus make direct re-use possible) Though I had no time to develop it, I am working along the line of re-calculating FAT tables to be able to save (and later restore) sectors that list directory entries with findpart. If anyone has some ideas or knows a better app to do the above is welcome to make suggestions.

I have been trying to install XP from my pendrive for the couple weeks, and I have been watching your posts, very helpful by the way, and I believe you should try it with a pendrive that has a Read-Only switch on it. That *should* eliminate the need to 're-generate' the files. :D
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and I believe you should try it with a pendrive that has a Read-Only switch on it.

Yep, but you see, that would be another "particular" solution, not a "general" one.

And besides I don't own a stick with a "protect" switch....

....the other way would be to use a Production Tool to make the partition on stick Read Only, but again it would cover only the sticks that use the particular controller the Production Tool was written for.

jaclaz

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