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Installing windows how?

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by NicHt, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. NicHt

    NicHt Regular member

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    I have recently formatted my laptop. Unfortunately, my laptop CD drive is broken, or defective. When I insert the XP CD, after formatting and everything, it gets to 80% copying files and then cannot copy more, (Comes up with the message ignore, skip, retry etc.) Then I tried it with Vista, is said the same thing. My CD is broken. Is there anyway I can install windows from a network? Or any other way?
     
  2. johney69

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    try an image file
     
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    depending on how big the Windows disc is you may be able to copy the files to a flash drive (if you have one) and install them that way. I really do not know of a way to do this through a network. Possibly even a USB external hard drive could be used if you have one of can get one.
     
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    if bios is cabable of booting off an usb drive then get an external rom driver whether a reader or burner.
     
  5. NicHt

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    Thanks for all the help. No bios is not capable of booting from USB. New development however, I managed to install a linux distro. Is there anyway this can help?
     
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    NicHt, there are boards that can boot off usb as mine can.
     
  7. NicHt

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    I think I mis-typed. As I know my Desktop can boot from usb, I was saying that my laptop cannot. Mis-Typed. Sorry.
     

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