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Reinstalling OS from bootup with flash drive

by BoyOBoy100 / September 19, 2013 8:06 AM PDT


First of all, please keep in mind that I am a total newbie when it comes to computers, so please explain everything in super-layman's terms.

Now, I have an MSI Wind U100 whose hard drive I deleted by running a erasing software. The problem is that since then, I always encounter a booting error because I apparently erased the operating system too.

I want instructions on how to reinstall the operating system from bootup. I have the utilities and XP operating system CDs but the problem is that the MSI does not have a CD drive.

Ergo, I want to know how to install the XP operating system on the MSI with a flash drive. It has 4 GB.

I can't afford to buy a separate CD drive as I'm basically broke. But my friend has offered to lend me his laptop if that helps.

Please explain all the steps clearly and in full. Also, I'm not sure if I need to use both the CDs I have.

Thanks in advance!

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Clarification Request
No cd drive.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / September 19, 2013 8:20 AM PDT

Did these XP cds come with this netbook?


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by BoyOBoy100 / September 19, 2013 1:32 PM PDT
In reply to: No cd drive.

yes it did

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This is one of those frequently asked questions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 19, 2013 8:34 AM PDT

If you own a netbook, one day you'll need the usual USB DVDRW drive to perform the reinstall. There are folk that have tried to install from USB but MSFT's stock XP install can't do that. So now that it's been asked thousands of times you can clearly see the answer.

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It is really simpler ...
by Edward ODaniel / September 19, 2013 2:26 PM PDT

to install using a external USB CD or DVD and they really aren't too expensive NewEgg has external CD drives starting at $15, external CD-RW burners at $19 and external DVD burners starting at $27 ---

Having said that and reminding that it is the best method, here is a link to some specific instructions for installing XP on a netbook using a flash drive:

Here is another link to a slightly different method with lots of screenshots:

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External CD/DVD-ROM - Bootable USB Flash Disk
by mark_lester611 / September 20, 2013 1:06 AM PDT
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Reinstalling OS from bootup with flash drive
by walo_wizard / September 20, 2013 11:39 PM PDT

I would advise you to try and get access to a computer somewhere somehow and download an operating system image file (*iso) from your choice of origin and use a tools such as YUMI to create a USB Boot Disk. Its then as simple as changing to boot sequence (presumably from the HDD, as you are having problems booting) to the USB port, and it will reinstall whichever operating system you choose to download. This route does mean that you'll need another laptop and an internet connection.

Hope this helps.

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