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Install windows xp pro on a sd card, how to

by yjopwxe / August 1, 2010 4:59 PM PDT

Goal: To install windows xp pro 32 bit on a 16gb sd card and by that being able to run windows xp from the sd card on a laptop.

The laptop is straight forward: Built in hard drive, dvd burner, sd card reader, usb ports, etc.

The laptop can boot from usb port, how do I find out if it can boot from a sd card?

If you know a procedure for this task, please answer.

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I deleted your duplicate post
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 7:30 PM PDT

No need to post twice about he same subject, so I deleted your duplicate post.


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Not possible
by Jimmy Greystone / August 1, 2010 10:07 PM PDT

This is not possible, and it's by design. Trying to run Windows from an SD card wouldn't be as good an idea as I'm sure you're thinking it would be anyway.

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sd card win xp installation.
by yjopwxe / August 2, 2010 2:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Not possible

But booting an OS from a sd card should be possible?

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Not on all machines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2010 2:46 AM PDT

I tried that with Linux and it was hit and miss. Less than 1/2 the machines worked so let's just write it may or may not work.

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booting os from sd card.
by yjopwxe / August 2, 2010 5:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Not on all machines.

I don't want to make the 'win xp on a sd card'. Only use it on the same
computer. Making it portable for other computers would also be against microsoft licences.

About linux ubunte a utube video says, that installed on a usb/sd card
device, it would in fact be portable, and run on most computers connected to?

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My tests found
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2010 11:08 PM PDT

It ran on less than half the machines at the office.

You can do the same tests and gather more results.

As to XP on a SD CARD you face double trouble. Not only the issue you encounter with Linux which supports running from removable media but the fact that the XP installer and the OS doesn't support this. I'm sure there is some article about running XP from an USB memory stick but I know it's unsupportable and unreliable so my view is that if you want to try, go right ahead.

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Ubuntu on an usb stick.
by yjopwxe / August 4, 2010 3:19 PM PDT
In reply to: My tests found

About ubuntu 10.04:
I installed the OS on a usb memory stick.
And tried to boot it on 3 computers:

1 newer amd desktop: Booted and ran.
1 newer intel laptop: Booted and ran.
1 not so new amd desktop: Apparently it didn't support usb boot, and
wouldn't run. After making a boot manager cd with an iso from it booted ubuntu and ran.

So ubuntu should be quite portable.

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