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How can I install windows xp on a windows 7 machine with no CD drive?

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April 7, 2012 1:56:37 PM

Hello friends, I've a windows 7 running machine but I desperately need xp. I would have opted for clean install but my CD drive is dead. What can I do to install xp on 7 without using a CD drive?
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April 7, 2012 10:48:31 PM

tecchonions said:
Hello friends, I've a windows 7 running machine but I desperately need xp. I would have opted for clean install but my CD drive is dead. What can I do to install xp on 7 without using a CD drive?

If your computer supports USB Boot, on a working computer create a bootable Windows Pen drive.

Or replace the drive.
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April 7, 2012 11:30:19 PM

You will still need a working CD/DVD Drive to copy the Windows XP setup files, but you probaby already figured how you're going to do that.... so check the instructions on how to either install Windows XP on a separate partition, or in a virtual enviroment in Windows 7 with Windows Virtual PC. If you have a single partition I'd recommended you install XP in Virtual PC to cut down on the hassle. To install on a different partition if you don't already have one, you'll need to install Minitool Partition Wizard to create a new partition and the free utility EasyBCD to edit the boot manager. You may need to download a few compatible drivers which may not be included in the Windows XP installation CD. You will also need to set the BIOS to boot the computer from the USB drive...

WINDOWS VIRTUAL PC
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.asp...

INSTALLING WINDOWS XP FROM A USB FLASH DRIVE
http://liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp-on-min...
http://en.kioskea.net/faq/3065-installing-windows-xp-fr...

INSTALLING WINDOWS XP IN DUAL BOOT WITH PREINSTALLED WINDOWS 7
http://www.pronetworks.org/forums/install-windows-xp-in...
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/dual-boot-your-pre-...

NECESSARY SOFTWARE
EasyBCD 2.1.2 (free for personal use)
http://neosmart.net/download.php?id=1
http://neosmart.net/download.php?id=1
Minitool Partition Wizard
http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/partition...

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON THE SUBJECT
Http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/687-63-installing-win...
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November 11, 2012 9:56:14 PM

tecchonions said:
Hello friends, I've a windows 7 running machine but I desperately need xp. I would have opted for clean install but my CD drive is dead. What can I do to install xp on 7 without using a CD drive?


Hi, i wrote this coz i really suffered the same :pt1cable:  in fact that was too easy 4 steps :
1- press F8 to enter Safe mode with command prompt in first boot screen
2- after loading windows 7 ... click start then write down CMD and Enter
3- navigate with prompt to reach your windows Xp folder let's say it's in drive D

in CMD screen write down below:

cd..
cd..
d:
cd windows xp (or whatever your win xp folder name)
cd I386
WINNT32.EXE

4- enjoy setting your win xp up :hello: 
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November 18, 2012 4:19:12 AM

tecchonions said:
Hello friends, I've a windows 7 running machine but I desperately need xp. I would have opted for clean install but my CD drive is dead. What can I do to install xp on 7 without using a CD drive?
nope!!
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