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 boot from cd/dvd, then install OS from usb - is it possible? 
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Hi,

I tried to install win7 on my notebook (it's Sony VAIO VGN-FE21), but cd/dvd burner died recently - it only read disks, can't burn them :-/ Because my notebook can't boot from USB I figured maybe it is possible to boot my notebook from CD (i.e. Hiren's BootCD) and then use USB thumbstick prepared by WinToFlash to install OS?





10 Sep 2009, 10:51
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Strange way to do this.

You should try just copy files to USB drive, boot from CD and start setup.exe.


10 Sep 2009, 12:52
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So just plain copy of files from dvd will do? I'll try that and let you know how it works.


10 Sep 2009, 13:38
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Setup.exe didnt' want to run under DOS (not valid application etc.). Luckily my old notebook is still working so I burn win7 dvd under old good win98se with nero6 :D


11 Sep 2009, 13:53
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I mean to boot WinPE and start setup.exe.

If you want to start DOS installation run winnt.exe.


11 Sep 2009, 18:43
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The only solution that I have is to find someone with a working burner and burn the PloP Bootloader that I mentioned in another thread. PloP can boot USB even if the computer doesn't actually support it.

PloP: http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanagerdl.html


13 Sep 2009, 21:34
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Help me understand.

The post said there was no BIOS option to boot USB.

Yet replies said to (skipping details) do things to a USB key to make it bootable.

This sounds like it is impossible.

SO HERE is my question for the people more knowledgable than I am:

If a machine has no USB KEY boot, but it has USB CD Boot capability, :

* Will simply putting appropriate boot "things" on the usb key make the BIOS think it is a CD?]
* If not,
** As we programmers say, "SMOP" (Simple Matter of Programming) -
*** can't some (Company?) put the firmware / software ON a usb key, that makes the bios 100% think it is a CD?
*** This could be done on a 1G USB key for CDs, where when plugged in the BIOS says "AHA, a CD" and boots it (asks for sector 0 or whatever) and the key knows what to send?


Thanks from Ward Christensen, inventor of Xmodem and, w/Hardware guru Randy Suess, BBSs

P.S. I clicked "list item" and it put [*] in my file, but doing [*] text didn't work, [*text] didn't so sorry for just putting *'s in. I know WOAS and PmWiki, just not what this is.


20 Mar 2010, 17:58
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Yes, it's possible, but you need to configure USB drive controller with special software. WinToFlash can't do this for you.


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