How do i make a Bootable USB keydisk to intall windows?

canadian_divx

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been trying to do it and my ways are not working. i have an old computer used as a file server and i just want to reload windows XP via a keydisk. it updated to SP3 and well didnt reboot. so now i need to do a repair install

there is no CDrom in this computer and its a lot of work to just temp hook one up. was thinking this would be the simple way.

can someone explain how i can install windows from a keydisk?
 

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well i think the biggest issue here is, considering the machine your trying to repair is pretty old, it probably does not boot from a usb drive, if it does make sure you have that option "boot from usb drive" selected in the bios.
 

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Yeah, lancer, I was thinking that same thing. The only option may be to get a really cheap cd rom drive and put it in to install the os. Or take one from another pc to temporarily use for this purpose.
 

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seriously you can get a CD rom drive for like $20. whats the hold up?

i'll buy canadian one and ship it to him if its an issue.
 

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anyone know how to do this for MacOS? I have reasons that would make that an interesting proposition - but I am veering way OT from the thread I realise!
 

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yes
'go into disk utility and copy and image to the usb drive, when you boot up the mac it should pick up the usb drive first and viola....
 

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now - if only I could get access to disc utility I think all my troubles would be over (Guest seems not to have it!)
 

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guest has it i think, go to spotlight.... top right hand corner where the little magnifying glass is and type "disk" then press enter... or go to applications/utilities/disk utility....
 

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I had to use sherlock - no spotlight on 9.2 I guess - anyway found disk utility from guest - suspect double click should open - but does nothing - think guest cannot access?
 

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hey there. LOL its a dual core amd LOL not too old just too full of hard drives. and the case that its in the drives cover the ide ports and sata ports. its just a serious pain to get back in there.

but i found a way to do it. i just put bart on the usb key. booted up into that environment and set windows to repair install that drive.
 

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sounds great canadian, glad you got it fixed.
 

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