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I want to run the computer from the cd.

Our hard drive is about 5.6G. For some reason, about 5G is being used. I
tried removing all unnecessary programs, etc. and it's at 5G used. The
defrag program is saying there's not enough space to defrag - so I thought
to run xp from a cd to gain extra space.
 
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Shenan Stanley

zirath said:
Is there a way to install windows xp to a cd?
Technically - no.

BartPE, UBCD for Windows, etc - sure. But it's just not meant to work that
way and patches/updates/etc - out of the question. *grin*

Get a larger hard disk drive if you need more space. When 1TB drives cost
$85 U.S. after shipping (which means smaller drives are even less
expensive) - save up and get one seems more reasonable.

Just want to carry your system around with you? Virtualize your Windows XP
system and get yourself a decent sized USB drive - then you can practically
use your WIndows XP installation on any computer you come across.

Otherwise - without knowing more about your situation - all I can say is
that booting Windows from a read-only media, not worth it for more than
maintenance-type work. ;-)
 
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smlunatick

Is there a way to install windows xp to a cd?

Thanks.
NO. Windows XP was not designed to ever be "ran" via a CD, like the
Linux "Live CDs." XP will also not run on most USB / Firewire
external hard drives either. Some people have "successfully" cloned
an internal XP drive onto an external USB hard drive and it was
booting.
 
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zirath

[...]
Just want to carry your system around with you? Virtualize your Windows
XP system and get yourself a decent sized USB drive - then you can
practically use your WIndows XP installation on any computer you come
across.
Are there problems installing to a usb drive? I saw one webpage that made it
look complicated.
Otherwise - without knowing more about your situation - all I can say is
that booting Windows from a read-only media, not worth it for more than
maintenance-type work. ;-)
I was thinking of using a read/write cd that can be used like a floppy disk
 
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Shenan Stanley

zirath wrote:
I was thinking of using a read/write cd that can be used like a
floppy disk
Without the proper software - R/W CDs do not act like floppy disks... ;-)
They act like CD-Rs.
 
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Shenan Stanley

zirath said:
Are there problems installing to a usb drive? I saw one webpage
that made it look complicated.
Windows XP doesn't do it.

WinPE/BartPE - sure. Windows XP - not really - although I am sure somone
has wrote something out there that might work some of the time, possibly...

A Virtual Machine stored on a USB drive - sure.
 

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