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Posted by: wimb Jun 10 2008, 11:49 AM

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***** USB_MultiBoot.cmd - Install XP from USB *****

1. Introduction

The Batch Program USB_MultiBoot.cmd can prepare a Bootable USB-Stick,
which can be used to Install XP from USB.
Install from USB-Drive is of general use, it's convenient and faster than installing from CD or DVD,
but is limited to computers that are able to boot from USB, as determined by BIOS and Motherboard.
Updating and Changing an USB-stick is also easier than preparing a new Bootable CD or DVD.
Install XP from USB is very useful when the computer does not have a optical drive,
like e.g. ASUS Eee subnotebook.

Preparing a Bootable USB-Drive with USB_MultiBoot.cmd Involves:

Installing XP from USB requires a Reboot from USB-Drive
and Select from Boot Menu: 1. Begin TXT Mode Setup Windows XP

- Download Direct from CD Forum: http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=1054

Or from BootLand Forum: http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=5669 smile.gif

Or from Mirror (Thanks to Siginet) - http://shared.siginetsoftware.com/wimb/USB_MultiBoot_10.zip

- Unpack USB_MultiBoot.zip to your Harddisk in a simple Path without SPACES.

USB_MultiBoot.cmd is Vista Compatible, but requires User Account Control OFF.
In this case a BOOTMGR type BootSector is made when Formatting the USB-Drive.
Such Bootsector is Detected and Auto Converted by BootSect.exe to
NTLDR type Bootsector required for booting with boot.ini Menu
XP as OS is Preferred for Speed of FileCopy to USB ( 10 min instead of 30 minutes for Vista OS )

The procedure for installing Windows XP from a bootable USB-stick was developed by
ilko_t , jaclaz , cdob, porear and wimb at MSFN Forum

- Install XP from USB at MSFN Forum http://www.msfn.org/board/Install-XP-from-USB-f157.html

- List of FAQs http://www.msfn.org/board/FAQs-t116766.html

- More Info See http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=20089&st=11

- More Help with Bookmarks is available in the Help_Info Folder in USB_MultiBoot.zip

- Use of MultiBoot.cmd and everything in this Guide is COMPLETELY use at your own risk.


2. XP-Source Preparation - *** BEFORE YOU START ***

Make sure that your XPSOURCE Folder is located on your Harddisk in a simple Path without SPACES.
Copy the Contents of your Windows XP Setup CD to your XPSOURCE Folder on Harddisk.

Siginet's RyanVM Integrator or nLite can be used to Integrate Windows UpdatePacks in the XP-Source.
http://integrator.siginetsoftware.com/index.php?download
http://www.nliteos.com/

Windows XP UpdatePacks and Addons:
http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/
http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/updatepack-sp2.html
http://integrator.siginetsoftware.com/index.php?addons
http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/

Supports the use of BTS DriverPacks located in OEM Folder on USB-Drive
http://driverpacks.net/downloads
For installing XP on modern systems with SATA Drives it is needed to use DPsBase.exe
for Integrating in your XPSOURCE BTS DriverPack Massstorage with TXT Mode Enabled.
In that case a lot of Extra RAID SCSI and SATA Drivers (about 120 extra) are Integrated and will appear in the
XP Setup BootFolder $WIN_NT$.~BT on USB-Drive and can prevent a lot of XP Installation Boot Problems.
First use RyanVM Integrator and then use DPsBase to Improve your XP-Source.
The program supplies a Customized presetup.cmd and changes the winnt.sif file for use of DriverPacks.

The Complete XP-Source is Copied by USB_MultiBoot.cmd to XP LocalSource Folder $WIN_NT$.~LS on USB-Drive
Computation of Estimated XP Folder Size is used to prevent USB-stick overflow
and includes $WIN_NT$.~BT + cmpnents + I386 + AMD64 + $OEM$ + OEM Folders.

Excluding LANG and WIN98X Folders from Copying to USB can be Selected
from USB_MultiBoot.cmd Main Menu, which can reduce the XP-Source on USB-Drive by 135 MB.
Reduction of the XP WINDOWS Folder can be achieved with nLite
but do NOT select Operating System Options-->Manual Install and Upgrade for removal.
If you do you will get BSOD, error 0x0000006F during Text mode Setup of Windows XP.

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3. Making a Bootable USB-Drive with USB_MultiBoot.cmd

- Remove all other Removable Drives, like USB Backup Harddisks and Memory Cards
- Use USB-sticks with High Read/Write Speeds of about 15 MB/sec
- Unpack USB_MultiBoot.zip to your Harddisk in a simple Path without SPACES.

- Launch USB_MultiBoot.cmd and Display the Format Menu
- Format the USB-Drive with FAT or NTFS. Note: FAT32 is very SLOW for installing XP

- For USB-Harddisk use Main Menu Option 0) to Change from USB-stick to USB-Harddisk.
Because this makes use of rdummy.sys and is essential for using USB-Harddisk.
rdummy.sys makes Fixed USB-Harddisk seen in XP Setup as Removable Device.

- Select from the Main Menu of USB_MultiBoot.cmd
1 - Give XP Setup Source Folder and give UserData for XP Setup
2 - Give USB-Drive Target
3 - Make Bootable USB-Drive with XP Setup Folders




4. XP Setup Parameters in winnt.sif file and $OEM$ folder

Display and Edit of the 8 required parameters for Unattended Setup allows you
to give your ProductKey and TimeZone used in the Current_winnt.sif and copies your winnt.sif file.
The Current_winnt.sif file is auto adjusted for the Installation of XP from USB and then
copied by USB_MultiBoot.cmd to $WIN_NT$.~BT folder on USB-Drive.

The file useraccounts.cmd with UserName is made in the $OEM$ Folder
copied to $WIN_NT$.~LS folder on USB-Drive.
CMDLINES.TXT is used for making UserAccounts and install of Registry Tweaks at T-12
Info see: http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/

For the Option Edit UserData for XP Setup we have:

A. Unattended Install - UserName = YourName
in winnt.sif file - unattendswitch="Yes" - UserName is used Automatically
useraccounts.cmd with UserName is created in $OEM$ Folder copied to USB-drive

B. Semi-Unattended Install - UserName = None
in winnt.sif file - unattendswitch="No" - UserNames are given Manually at Windows Welcome Screens
useraccounts.cmd is Renamed to Inactive txt file in $OEM$ Folder copied to USB-drive

C. Undefined Install - UserName = Unknown
No Changes are made in winnt.sif file or $OEM$ folder

In all cases Selecting Cancel keeps given Settings for winnt.sif file and $OEM$ folder Unchanged

Selecting Unattended Install in the Editor instead of Cancel will enable to skip the Welcome Screens
by automatic adding the unattendswitch="Yes" Setting to the [Data] Section of the Current_winnt.sif file.
The UserName given at Edit Screen 8 will not be used in the case of XPSOURCE made by nLite.

OEM or nLite winnt.sif file is detected in XPSOURCE and Auto Changed for the Installation of XP from USB.
In that case All Setup Parameters come from XPSOURCE and therefore Empty $OEM$_X Folder is Selected.

Windows XP file SETUPLDR.BIN is Renamed to XPSTP according to the 5-letter limit requirement
for making NTFS BootSector Files using MakeBS3.cmd of jaclaz
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/?showtopic=2362

In the Attended Install all Setup Parameters are given Manually during the GUI Mode of Setup Windows XP.
For each XP Source the Program Supports to launch Unattended or Attended Setup.
For Attended Setup a second SetupLoader XATSP is made ,
where winnt.sif is Patched as winat.sif using gsar.exe
So the extra Setup Option does not take extra space from the USB-stick.
Attended Install is always available as Extra Option in the boot.ini Menu.


5. Installing XP from USB


hal.dll ERROR for Install of XP from USB
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In case of hal.dll Error on Reboot for GUI-mode of XP Setup:
The Error means only that in GUI mode the Windows folder is NOT found on the default location
which is normally partition(1) of your internal harddisk and would need in boot.ini Menu to Select rdisk(1)partition(1)

The error can be due to a Hidden First Partition (case of HP Computer) so that you Install on partition(2)

For your Netbook it can be that you Install on partition(3)
In that case you Select in GUI-mode and on Start of XP the line in boot.ini Menu with HD 1 - Part 3

It is also recommended to remove any Additional USB-drive like USB Backup Harddisk or External Cardreader
since these extra USB-drives may interfere in Harddisk numbering and can cause then also the hal.dll Error.

In TXT-mode of XP Setup, where you Select the partition on which you are going to Install,
you must count the partition number and use this in your boot.ini Menu on your USB-stick
on Reboot for GUI-mode of XP Setup and for Start of XP.

To solve your hal.dll Error you need to Change the boot.ini file on your USB-stick.
It can be handy to make a boot.ini with multiple entries like this:

CODE
[Boot Loader]
Timeout=20
Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[Operating Systems]
C:\btsec\XPSTP.bs="1. Begin TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until Logon"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Continue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 0 - Part 1" /FASTDETECT
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Continue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 1 - Part 1" /FASTDETECT
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Continue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 1 - Part 2" /FASTDETECT
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Continue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 1 - Part 3" /FASTDETECT
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Continue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 2 - Part 1" /FASTDETECT


Partition Numbering starts with 1
Harddisk Numbering starts with 0
On booting from USB-stick it will count in the arcpath as rdisk(0) and your Internal Harddisk will then normally be rdisk(1)

As alternative you can try:
Install from USB AFTER Booting with PE
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=10138
In this way you are insensitive to the hal.dll Error
Moreover, after booting with LiveXP into PE environment you are able to
use Disk Manager and can see what is the partitioning of your harddisk and
see which is the Active Partition e.g. the partition from which the computer will try to boot.
Also you can make then appropriate changes using Disk Manager or Acronis Disk Director available in LiveXP wink.gif
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6. Post-Install of Drivers and Programs

The Folder usb_cfg_extra provides a script for Windows Post-Install Wizard (WPI) - http://wpiw.net/
WPI is very handy for the Automatic Install of Programs after Install of XP from USB.

In WPI script there is the option to run SFC /purgecache which deletes the dll cache
by deleting the files in Folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache
This is a very simple way to reduce the WINDOWS Folder Size by 360 MB
The Result is a XP WINDOWS Folder Size on Harddisk of only 785 MB inclusive all Updates.


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Advanced Use of USB_MultiBoot.cmd for making MultiBoot USB-Drives

7. Adding Extra Sources for Booting with BartPE, UBCD4WIN, Windows PE 2.0 and Vista Setup

BartPE - http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
or
UBCD4Win - http://www.ubcd4win.com/index.htm
can be added to USB-Drive by Selecting BartPE Source Folder in the Main Menu. Remove with Cancel.

The Folder usb_cfg_extra provides scripts for BartPE Menu

Install of Vista from USB is supported and launched via GRUB4DOS Menu
http://www.msfn.org/board/vista-t114092.html&st=6
http://www.msfn.org/board/Install-Vista-from-USB-t111506.html&st=2
For Vista Install from USB, Remove on first Restart your USB-stick.

Overflow Control is used by measuring DiskSize, FreeSize, XP-Source and
Extra Source Folders using ASP Drive Object and Visual Basic Scripting.
http://www.w3schools.com/asp/asp_ref_drive.asp
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/index.html


8. Multiple XP Install from USB and Multiple PE (BartPE and UBCD4Win) Booting from USB

Multiple XP Install from USB is Supported (max 9 sources)
http://www.msfn.org/board/SOLVED-Install-Multiple-XP-from-USB-t114543.html
Run USB_MultiBoot.cmd again using New XP Source and Empty XX_CONTENT Source Folder

Multiple PE (BartPE and UBCD4Win) from USB is supported using Multi_Partition USB-Drives.
Multi-Partition an USB-stick after using INSTALL_DUMMY.cmd from makebt Folder.
When dummy.sys is Installed in your OS, then USB-sticks are seen as Fixed Local Harddisks.
In that case you can make Multiple Partition USB-sticks with NTFS format,
allowing to combine BartPE and UBCD4WIN or different Vista Versions x86 and x64
http://www.msfn.org/board/Multiple-PE-from-USB-t115156.html&st=11
http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=20089&st=24
Run USB_MultiBoot.cmd again using New BartPE Source and
using Empty XX_CONTENT Source Folder and No Copy of XP Source.


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EDIT by jaclaz:
SERVICE POST

This thread was getting "out of hand", I splitted "self-standing" issues and solutions to new threads, ALL of them have as title:
"[Solved] Install XP from USB"
Use the board search (advanced) and input as search string "[Solved] Install XP from USB" - including double quotes to find them.
Other "unfinalized" issues are titled [Abandoned] Install XP from USB, as the OP never came back.

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Posted by: Nuno Brito Jun 10 2008, 01:26 PM

Thank you for the tutorial, hope this helps others to get this sort of method working for them.

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Posted by: Galapo Jun 10 2008, 09:48 PM

Thank you indeed!

Regards,
Galapo.

Posted by: sirius Jun 22 2008, 06:18 PM

Thanks very much, Tested on 1 Gig USB and it works perfectly.
thanx 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Posted by: shady Jul 31 2008, 01:56 PM

I tried this. File copying to USB drive works fine but in the mid of file copying from USB to SSD(ASUS EEE PC), I got file read error at around 50%. Some files are missing. I tried reformatting the USB drive and redo the whole process but still get file reading error. I'm using XP Pro SP 3 image for XPSOURCE. Ive tried 16GB SDHC, 2GB SD and a 2GB USB flash drive.

Posted by: jaclaz Jul 31 2008, 02:54 PM

QUOTE (shady @ Jul 31 2008, 03:56 PM) *
I tried this. File copying to USB drive works fine but in the mid of file copying from USB to SSD(ASUS EEE PC), I got file read error at around 50%. Some files are missing. I tried reformatting the USB drive and redo the whole process but still get file reading error. I'm using XP Pro SP 3 image for XPSOURCE. Ive tried 16GB SDHC, 2GB SD and a 2GB USB flash drive.


Please, post this on the "main" Install XP from USB Forum:
http://www.msfn.org/board/Install-XP-from-USB-f157.html

XP SP2 normally works, but also XP SP3 has been reported as working.

Please post the more details, and the choices you took while in Multiboot USB, see this thread for an example of the info you should give.

Also, are you using English or Japanese source (maybe it's the latter that can be cause of the problem).

Are you using a "full", "untouched" source or you made ANY modification (unattended, nlite, etc.?), if you made ANY modification, please also list them.

jaclaz

Posted by: ispy Aug 4 2008, 08:15 PM

Hi all biggrin.gif ,

This procedure is in reference to a penstick or USB Stick, would it also work for say a 40 gig Laptop Hard Drive within a USB2 enclosure with USB2 interface cable???

Regards & Best Wishes,

ispy unsure.gif

Posted by: wimb Aug 4 2008, 08:20 PM

QUOTE (ispy @ Aug 4 2008, 10:15 PM) *
This procedure is in reference to a penstick or USB Stick, would it also work for say a 40 gig Laptop Hard Drive within a USB2 enclosure with USB2 interface cable???
It can work for USB-Harddisk as well by setting USB-Drive type to Harddisk with Option 0)

By the way there is now a NEW procedure, which might be even more interesting to you.
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/?showtopic=5306

Posted by: ispy Aug 4 2008, 08:38 PM

Hi Wimb wink.gif ,

WOW! this is good stuff, Mucho Thanks! going on me hols morrow so will take external HDD and give it a go, CHEERS

Regards & thanks,

ispy thumbup.gif

Posted by: MadHorse Aug 6 2008, 01:50 PM

Hello,

i found this program and tutorial amazing, but i have a little problem.
I'm able to boot from usb and to install xp, but this work just once, i explain, i need to install xp on many pc, on the first pc everything work without a problem, when i try on the second pc i'm able to boot, i can format and partitioning hard drive but when it start copying file i get a lot of can't find errors on file like:

bootvid.dll
kdcom.dll
c_1252.nls
c_437.nls
l_intl.nls
vgaoem.fon
acpi.sys
wmilib.sys
atapi.sys
disk.sys
classpnp.sys
dmio.sys
dmload.sys
ftdisk.sys and many other.

I have the same problem with another pen drive.
Hope someone can help me.

Thank you

Posted by: wimb Aug 6 2008, 02:02 PM

QUOTE (MadHorse @ Aug 6 2008, 02:50 PM) *
I'm able to boot from usb and to install xp, but this work just once, i explain, i need to install xp on many pc, on the first pc everything work without a problem, when i try on the second pc i'm able to boot, i can format and partitioning hard drive but when it start copying file i get a lot of can't find errors on file like:
The procedure is OK for XP-SP2 and SP3.
If you have other XP Source, please read FAQ-5 in http://www.msfn.org/board/FAQs-t116766.html

There is however recently developed a NEW procedure using USB_XP_Setup package,
Install XP from USB AFTER Booting with PE from HDD or USB, which does not have this problem.
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/?showtopic=5306

QUOTE
In fact the only thing I do is Create the XP BootFolder $WIN_NT$.~BT of only 12 MB on the Install Drive
by parsing dosnet.inf and to specify in TXTSETUP.SIF where to find the FULL XPSOURCE.
XP Setup Source Folder can be on USB-stick or on partition 1 of USB-HDD or second HDD-Drive.
The XP Source might even be on CD/DVD, but we prefer of course to Install from fast USB-stick.
So the $WIN_NT$.~LS of about 500 MB is not made in this NEW way of Install XP from USB,
this saves time and there is no risk of loosing files during the XP Setup process.

I advice you to use the NEW procedure wink.gif

Posted by: soumalya Sep 6 2008, 10:19 AM

Sir

thanks for ur sharing. it working great in sata hdd.
but i have one pata (ide) hdd.

when i boot form usb . it shows j on the black screen and cant show the text boot prompt.


help me please


thanks again

Posted by: wimb Sep 8 2008, 05:57 PM

It is NOT the PATA Harddisk which is causing the problem.
In general your BIOS / Motherboard and USB-stick type determine whether you can boot from USB.

But to solve your problem you can try the NEW technique:

*** Install XP from USB AFTER Booting with PE from HDD or USB ***

http://www.boot-land.net/forums/?showtopic=5306

QUOTE
The advantage of the NEW technique is that there are no changes needed in the BIOS Setting.
Booting for XP Setup occurs all the time as normal from the C-Install Drive if you Install on C-Drive.
Thus the USB-stick does not need to be bootable
and it is not needed that the motherboard supports booting from USB.

Posted by: Nuno Brito Sep 15 2008, 10:04 PM

A good video was posted on youtube that displays all the steps using this tutorial on a Acer One machine.

I think it might help users who are not yet very comfortable doing the required steps.



Maybe it's worth to place on the initial topic of this thread to help others?

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Posted by: wimb Sep 16 2008, 07:04 AM

Thanks Nuno for this interesting Info. smile.gif

It is funny to see the program in action on this You Tube Video.

May be the Video quality can be further improved for better readability of the screens.
Anyway it is a very nice presentation.

The author of this video I would like to advice to SET the BootPriority as described in the END Help
such that USB-Drive is seen as First Harddisk, before launching TXT-mode of Setup XP
so that the whole procedure runs automatically without the WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll file missing Error.
By the way, this ERROR only means that the WINDOWS folder is not found on the drive where it was expected.
It is necessary to Boot all the time from the USB-drive. wink.gif

QUOTE
*** HELP for Using MultiBoot USB-Drive *** Read Help_USB_MultiBoot.txt File
Boot with USB-Drive plugged and Press [Delete] or F2 to Enter BIOS Setup
Change BIOS Boot Settings:
Harddisk is First Boot Device Type and USB-Drive is seen as First Harddisk
Reboot from USB-Drive and Make Selection from Boot Menu
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***** HELP for Using USB-Drive for Install of Windows XP: *****

First Remove ALL Other USB-Drives ** So Harddisk in Setup gets DriveLetter C
Reboot from USB-Drive and Select 1. TXT Mode Setup Windows XP
Use Only C: Drive of Computer Harddisk as Partition for Install of Windows XP
and then Select Quick Format with NTFS FileSystem, XP Install is Automatic

***** NEVER UNPLUG USB-Drive ***** Until After First Logon of Windows XP

New Harddisk and Creating Partitions after Booting from USB-Drive:
Direct after Deleting and Creating New partitions, Quit XP Setup with F3
OR Switch OFF your Computer and Boot in any case from USB-Drive again and
Run 1. TXT Mode Setup again so that DriveLetters get their Correct Value
So in this case one Boots ** TWICE ** in the TXT-mode Setup

End Program - USB_MultiBoot.CMD will be Closed

Posted by: Nuno Brito Sep 16 2008, 09:23 AM

If you're interested, the youtube author as also written an article on OSnews - http://www.osnews.com/story/20251

I'll send him a message regarding your advice.

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Posted by: gnikolic Dec 23 2008, 10:41 PM

Hello all.

I have some problems with building USB SP setup. My motherboard is capable for USB booting.
When take an option to boot from USB, BIOS said that he found boot sector, but in second later, computer is restarted.

What is the problem? Where to look?

Before making USB, I installed dummy.sys. Is that a problem? Should I uninstall it?

Thanx in advice.
GNikolic.


After some 20 minutes: No. It isnt problem with dummy.sys. Any help?

Posted by: Swordsman Dec 28 2008, 07:02 AM

So great.I gotna try it.Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: TheHive Dec 29 2008, 07:36 AM

Just wanted to mention that there is a video that shows you the steps on using USB_MultiBoot.cmd:

Installing Windows XP on a Netbook Via USB (Acer Aspire One)
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6567

Posted by: wimb Dec 29 2008, 07:48 AM

QUOTE (TheHive @ Dec 29 2008, 08:36 AM) *
Just wanted to mention that there is a video that shows you the steps on using USB_MultiBoot.cmd:

Installing Windows XP on a Netbook Via USB (Acer Aspire One)
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6567
Thanks for mentioning this video. smile.gif

In post #112 Nuno Brito made also an announcement of this interesting video wink.gif
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=4900&st=110

Posted by: mesrine_29 Dec 4 2009, 01:28 PM

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I tested, and thank you to edit the file "Boot.ini" for the error "hal.dll", it works very well.

Posted by: macfan Dec 12 2009, 03:54 PM

Hi All,

I followed the instruction and i have two problems:
- In the installation progress, I have two error messages of cannot find binifix.cmd and another .cmd file
- After the installation I can boot into XP with the USB plugged in. If I remove the USB then I have the following error message:
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information"

Could you please help me?

Thanks in advance

Chinh

Posted by: jaclaz Dec 12 2009, 04:06 PM

The missing files is "strange".

QUOTE (macfan @ Dec 12 2009, 05:54 PM) *
Could you please help me?

We can try. wink.gif

QUOTE (macfan @ Dec 12 2009, 05:54 PM) *
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem

Is the above white on black or white on blue (BSOD)?

Post the contents of BOOT.INI in the installed system (NOT the one on USB stick)

It is likely that you have an incorrect entry in it.

Post also some decription of the hardware involved.

cheers.gif

jaclaz

Posted by: macfan Dec 12 2009, 05:15 PM

Hi jaclaz,

Thanks very much for fast response!

I've just try again the whole process and this times I don't have missing file alert as well as "Windows could not start...". I have only one small stuff which I think I can fix is the boot menu now with "USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Professional" along with "Microsoft Windows XP Professional". I think I can change the boot.ini to fix that. Do you have any advice for me?

Thanks again for your help!

Chinh

Posted by: jaclaz Dec 12 2009, 08:20 PM

QUOTE (macfan @ Dec 12 2009, 07:15 PM) *
I have only one small stuff which I think I can fix is the boot menu now with "USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Professional" along with "Microsoft Windows XP Professional". I think I can change the boot.ini to fix that. Do you have any advice for me?

Thanks again for your help!

You are welcome. smile.gif

Yes, you can remove from boot.ini that entry all right:
CODE
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

if you are not going to use that option.

cheers.gif

jaclaz

Posted by: lafeev Jan 1 2010, 10:55 PM

Hi,
I spent a good bit of time building a custom xp install, following the advice of the http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/ over at msfn. After I had it just the way I liked it, and everything tested okay, I came back here to toss the whole thing onto a usb stick.

I had a successful install with a few minor quarks:

-In testing this source (and on some previous trials) I was able to get the "F8 - I agree" page to NOT appear. However after using USB_Multiboot 10 this was no longer the case.

-Along the same lines, a couple minutes into the GUI portion of the setup I was prompted with a box I've never seen before, it looked like another EULA, with an option to agree/accept. (This is really bothersome since it nullifies the "unattended" part).

-Upon first boot my install runs a batch file from [GuiRunOnce] that silent installs a handfull of apps. When this script was complete a warning popped up indicating some system files had been replaced with unrecognized versions, needed the cd to "fix" it. This isn't a huge surprise being a custom install, but it had never popped up in testing (again not very "unattended" friendly).

-Lastly, I have some files in the $Docs directory of $OEM$, and these did not copy over to the install hdd (as they had done in testing).

So USB_multiboot is a great app, but since I went to all the trouble of building a custom install from scratch, I kind of just want it to unobtrusively take care of the USB boot aspect. So is there some way for me to fix these minor glitches?
Thanks.

Posted by: wimb Jan 2 2010, 12:02 PM

In USB_MultiBoot_10 you cannot make use of the [Unattended] Section in winnt.sif file
Trying to use it results in the problems that you describe,
which would not occur if you used a proper winnt.sif file like the one that is provided,
and which allows then full Unattended Install of XP from USB.

A better approach is however to make use of:

*** Install XP from USB AFTER Booting with PE from HDD or USB ***
Install from USB without Booting from USB by using U_XP_SET

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=21883

In this case you can use the [Unattended] Section as you wish.

Posted by: ilko Jan 2 2010, 05:48 PM

QUOTE (lafeev @ Jan 1 2010, 02:55 PM) *
Hi,
I spent a good bit of time building a custom xp install,...
You may also try using either of these 2 methods, which do not have that limitation:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=120444
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=137714



Posted by: Sydnelson Mar 18 2010, 12:43 PM

I make my multiboot USB and it very well but I have a problem.

When I install Windows Seven ate the end of first part of instalation when setup says "Finalizing Instalation" the setup take between 30 to 50 minutes to proceed. If I try removed USB in this time setup gives a error that can't locate\find a randon file in USB and then proceed instalations normally.

How can I correct that issue?

Thanks for help.

PS: Sorry for my poor english...

Posted by: wimb Mar 18 2010, 03:19 PM

QUOTE (Sydnelson @ Mar 18 2010, 01:43 PM) *
When I install Windows Seven ate the end of first part of instalation when setup says "Finalizing Instalation" the setup take between 30 to 50 minutes to proceed. If I try removed USB in this time setup gives a error that can't locate\find a randon file in USB and then proceed instalations normally.

It is a matter of timing ....

You have got to remove the USB-stick exactly at the moment of first reboot, when the screen is black.
A moment earlier e.g when 9 seconds before reboot is running, then removal of USB-stick will give error on reboot.

Posted by: Sydnelson Mar 18 2010, 05:37 PM

QUOTE (wimb @ Mar 18 2010, 03:19 PM) *
It is a matter of timing ....

You have got to remove the USB-stick exactly at the moment of first reboot, when the screen is black.
A moment earlier e.g when 9 seconds before reboot is running, then removal of USB-stick will give error on reboot.


But my problem occours before that stage.
It occours between instaling updates and first restart. I think setup is copying all source data from USB to hard disk (including non-setup data and personal files that I have on USB drive.)

Posted by: wimb Mar 18 2010, 05:58 PM

OK, I understand something else is going on ...

Actually I don't know the procedure that you use to Install Windows 7 from USB.
Can you give a description of the procedure that you followed,
so that I can think about what is going wrong.

I would like to advice you to follow the procedure as described here

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=21883&st=35

In this case you boot first from RAMDISK X: with pe3.iso launched from HDD (preferred) or from USB-stick
In PE you use then NT6.X fast installer to prepare your Target drive for Install of Windows 7.

Posted by: Sydnelson Mar 18 2010, 11:48 PM

QUOTE (wimb @ Mar 18 2010, 05:58 PM) *
OK, I understand something else is going on ...

Actually I don't know the procedure that you use to Install Windows 7 from USB.
Can you give a description of the procedure that you followed,
so that I can think about what is going wrong.

I would like to advice you to follow the procedure as described here

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=21883&st=35

In this case you boot first from RAMDISK X: with pe3.iso launched from HDD (preferred) or from USB-stick
In PE you use then NT6.X fast installer to prepare your Target drive for Install of Windows 7.



I use multiboot 10 to create that USB drive with XP and Seven instalations. Both ones woks fine, the problem is this uneeded file copy that increase in several times the instalation in Seven setup.

I see the procedure you point and I think it is very slow and complicated, using MultiBoot10 is much easy to make and mantain updated.

Anyway thanks for advice.

Posted by: wimb Mar 19 2010, 05:55 AM

QUOTE (Sydnelson @ Mar 19 2010, 12:48 AM) *
I use multiboot 10 to create that USB drive with XP and Seven instalations. Both ones woks fine, the problem is this uneeded file copy that increase in several times the instalation in Seven setup.

I see the procedure you point and I think it is very slow and complicated, using MultiBoot10 is much easy to make and mantain updated.

You should try the procedure of preboot with pe3.iso and
then use NT6.X fast installer to prepare your Target drive for Install of Windows 7.
After using the installer you remove the USB-stick and Reboot from Target Drive.

Actually it is very fast and simple and is really very different from using Windows 7 setup.exe
so that you may be can eliminate your problem with unneeded filecopy.

Posted by: mangade Apr 19 2010, 08:36 AM

Hi,

I'm new with USB_Multiboot.cmd.

Its success when tried only XP.

Then integrated driverpacks with dpbase, everything fine till logon but when finish critical eror happened, cannot find configuration file. But still the drivers worked inegrated with XP.

After that I wanna try with WPI.

Confused...
Only folder WPIScript and Install available on usb_cfg_extra folder meanwhile only X_Content copied to UFD not usb_cfg_extra, use NTFS. So I tried copies all under WPI folder to X_Content\INSTALL_PRGS_WPI.

To run WPI I try with $OEM$\cmdlines.txt with driverpacks together in XPSOURCE.

[COMMANDS]
"roe.exe" ;driverpacks
"runwpi.exe" ;WPI or wpi.inf

In the end, WPI can't find WPI.exe or wpi.htm for wrong path.

I've tried with DVD with driverpacks and WPI and all worked fine.

My goal is possible to do this with USB_Multiboot.usb in UFD?

Thanks in advance.

PS: I don't know how to explain clearly for my bad english. Thats all in my mind smile.gif I'm sorry.

Posted by: novin May 25 2010, 10:14 AM

It is possible that the flash memory as you create a dual boot?
(Way that both Windows 7 and Windows XP install on flash memory have)

Posted by: stremmi May 31 2010, 03:54 PM

Hello All!

Today I found a simpler way to Install XP from USB - FlashBoot.
It does all the stuff automatically, just converts Windows Setup CD to USB flash.
Althrough shareware, it can perform this one-time task in demo mode.
Personally I recommend it to everyone.

http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/

QUOTE
FlashBoot is a tool to convert Windows XP/Vista/7 installation CD/DVD to
bootable USB disk, useful for Windows installation on netbooks and other
devices without CD/DVD drive. FlashBoot supports USB flash thumbdrives and USB hard disks.

http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/xpinst_gallery/

Posted by: Wonko the Sane May 31 2010, 06:59 PM

QUOTE (stremmi @ May 31 2010, 05:54 PM) *
Today I found a simpler way to Install XP from USB - FlashBoot.

WHY do I have this deja-vu feeling about spamming? dubbio.gif

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=144316

Wonko

Posted by: FinalBoot Jun 14 2010, 03:03 PM

very effective especially multi-boot boot.ini editing
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