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Old 09-24-2006, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a way to install a virgin install on a new hard drive in a laptop without a CD Rom drive.
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Old 09-24-2006, 12:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, you can do a network install, floppy install, or USB stick install of pretty much any Linux distribution.

Windows - short answer = no.
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i read an article somewhere which gave instructions on how to install windows from a USB drive... but you need the original CD for the files - i think.
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If your talking about a Windows OS, the answer isno.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/09/...n_your_pocket/

once again, as long as you have a CD it is possible.
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well you would need some way (including a legit cd) to get the files from the cd to another medium i.e. the laptop hdd/flash drive etc. i've never tried with XP but installing 98SE back in the day could easily be done by copying all the files from the cd onto a hdd and starting the setup from DOS
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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With windowsXP you need either are hard drive with it already installed from which you can make a clone from or you can do it from a flash drive if you have one larger than 2gig.

I know how to do it but cannot discuss it on this forum cause of the TOS.
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