Installing XP on a netbook


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Bill T

I bought a netbook on EBay without an operating system. My intent is to use
the XP disk (SP 0) from my old PC that I have recycled. I have all the
drivers that the netbook originally had. I also a USB CD RW available. Can
I go into the netbook's BIOS and add the USB in the boot order? Are there
any resources / words of wistom out there?

Thanks

Bill T
 
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Daave

Bill said:
I bought a netbook on EBay without an operating system. My intent is
to use the XP disk (SP 0) from my old PC that I have recycled. I have
all the drivers that the netbook originally had. I also a USB CD RW
available. Can I go into the netbook's BIOS and add the USB in the
boot order? Are there any resources / words of wistom out there?

What is the make and model of the netbook?

Which OS did it originally ship with? Does it have a COA sticker on it?

Is your XP disk Home or Pro? Os it Retail or OEM? If the latter, is it a
branded OEM or generic OEM?
 
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VanguardLH

Bill said:
I bought a netbook on EBay without an operating system. My intent is
to use the XP disk (SP 0) from my old PC that I have recycled.

Not allowed if it was an OEM version installed on your old PC. Doable
if it was a retail version - but NOT a differently branded version since
it could be BIOS-locked to brand and model of the hosts on which it will
install. Even if not BIOS-locked, a branded version would lay an image
or set of files onto the hard disk which likely includes drivers for the
brand and model for which that install CD was intended.

OEM versions stick with the first host on which they are installed.
Doesn't matter that you "recycled" the old host, that it burned up in a
fire, that terrorists blew it up, that it got stolen, or that your
spouse got it in a divorce settlement. If you lose the host on which
the OEM version was installed then you also lose the OEM license for
using that software.

So is it a Microsoft-branded generic *retail* CD that you have? I see
articles that have users install Windows by using a USB flash drive (if
they don't have a USB CD drive but which you say that you have).
However, installation would be faster from flash drive than from a CD
drive. Also, you may have to load drivers when the setup program first
loads (hitting F6 when prompted) and you could have the drivers on the
CD drive while leaving the setup to run from the flash drive.

http://www.liliputing.com/2009/08/e...dows-on-a-netbook-with-a-usb-flash-drive.html

http://www.videojug.com/webvideo/how-to-install-windows-xp-on-a-netbook-via-usb
(nlite [http://www.nliteos.com/] is a tool to slipstream an install CD.
You can add drivers but you can also remove some Windows components to
remove bloat).

Lots of other articles found using Google:
http://www.google.com/search?q=installing++"windows+xp"+on+a++netbook
I have all the drivers that the netbook originally had. I also a USB
CD RW available. Can I go into the netbook's BIOS and add the USB in
the boot order?

The BIOS doesn't care what OS you install. The OS isn't loaded when you
boot and go into the BIOS. So, for now, just boot the netbook and go
into its BIOS to see if the "Boot device order" option (or whatever it
may be called) lets you select "USB device". If so, select that as the
first boot device (or, at least, before the hard disk). Then see if you
can boot using the USB attached CD drive with a bootable CD in the drive
(the CD for Windows XP is bootable).
 
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mm

On Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:48:06 -0700, Bill T <Bill
I bought a netbook on EBay without an operating system. My intent is to use
the XP disk (SP 0) from my old PC that I have recycled. I have all the

If he gets this working and on the net, will it offer to install SP3
for him?

At any rate, does he have to install anything before SP3? AIUI, no.
drivers that the netbook originally had. I also a USB CD RW available. Can
I go into the netbook's BIOS and add the USB in the boot order? Are there
any resources / words of wistom out there?

I don't have one, but if it's a netbook, that means it has no CD
drive, right.

So if it has no CD drive, I would think the USB is already in the boot
order.

Do you need to make it first if it has no harddrive? Turn it on now
and see what it says when it gets to the part where it wants to find
the OS on the harddrive. That will tell you the answer.

BTW, why haven't you gone into the BIOS and seen for yourself if you
can set the boot order the way you want it?

Are you like me, you can't wait until it is delivered?
 
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Derek2

Bill T said:
I bought a netbook on EBay without an operating system. My intent is to
use
the XP disk (SP 0) from my old PC that I have recycled. I have all the
drivers that the netbook originally had. I also a USB CD RW available.
Can
I go into the netbook's BIOS and add the USB in the boot order? Are there
any resources / words of wistom out there?

Thanks

Bill T


Most netbooks seem to have usergroups and this is one of the most common
themes, how to change from linux to xp. Google it. Or Bing it!
 
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Robert Bodling

What is the make and model of the netbook?

Which OS did it originally ship with? Does it have a COA sticker on it?

Is your XP disk Home or Pro? Os it Retail or OEM? If the latter, is it a
branded OEM or generic OEM?

You can install Windows XP Home and Pro on any system, I have and
continue to install it on all my systems as long as "I" own the
systems.
 
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Doum

I don't have one, but if it's a netbook, that means it has no CD
drive, right.

So if it has no CD drive, I would think the USB is already in the boot
order.

I have an Asus EeePC netbook and the choices for boot order are:

Internal hard disk,
External devices,
ATAPI CDROM.

I find the last one a little strange but maybe the BIOS treats an USB
Optical drive as ATAPI.
 

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