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    Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    Hi guys

    Has anyone tried a full XP install on a USB pendrive? I wondered how fast it would be once running? With a 16gig drive you could fit a lot of stuff on

    Anyone done it? Does it work?

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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    Yup, it works if you:

    A) have enough room for it (Try using Nlite)

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    B) Have a motherboard that supports booting from USB.

    I've done it myself and it's not that much slower...

    But make sure you plug it into a USB 2 port

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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    I considered getting a new larger memory stick just so that I could install Windows on it, for computers at my school get past all the blocks on them. But I ddnt think that their mobo's would support boot from USB

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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will:) View Post
    I considered getting a new larger memory stick just so that I could install Windows on it, for computers at my school get past all the blocks on them. But I ddnt think that their mobo's would support boot from USB
    And if your school system admin is any good at his/her job, the bios will be password protected so you can't change the boot order anyway. (And the blocks wil be at the gateway, not on the machines themselves)
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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    Yes, I had the password protected BIOS issue.

    The easiest way round it is to whack open the case (no screws needed on these towers...) and remove the CMOS battery...

    Then the BIOS password is reset and you can you your browser on your memory stick block free!!

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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    yes but i believe that is probably against the law lol
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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    I tried it at college using a 16GB USB Stick but with no success, but it is meant to work.

    This is a site we were told to use.

    http://www.collewijn.info/xpe/page/pe2usb.php
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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by nvening View Post
    yes but i believe that is probably against the law lol
    Probably not against the law, but against school/uni rules. Did you sign a decleration stating you would abide be the institutions code of conduct as far as IT useage was concerned. I know many places do this now.

    But lets not turn this thread into a discussion of what you can and can't do with school computers

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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    Back to booting from a USB pen.

    I would definitely make sure you have a high quality flash drive. Some of them are painfully slow. The Hexus favourite Corsair is probably a good bet.

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    Re: Full XP install on a Pen Drive?

    Yes, and my Lexar Firefly is pretty quick too...

    It's also tiny....

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