Installing Windows XP from HDD?

#1
Hi, I have no USB boot support or a CD/DVD drive so I can't install new operating systems. Or so I thought - until I found EasyBCD, with it I successfully installed Windows 8 along my Windows 7 install. Now I would also like to have XP for some older games, but I'm not sure how I would install it. Thing is, if you extract the Windows 8 installation ISO there is a file called BOOT.WIM which you can specify under WinPE and boot the installation from. But in the Windows XP ISO there is no such thing. I tried booting directly from the ISO but the installation gave me an error almost right away. Is there another way to install XP straight from the HDD?
 

mqudsi

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#2
It's very difficult to install Windows XP from a HDD because it doesn't have the drivers to do so. Easy USB Creator can create a USB for installing Windows XP, but you'll need the USB drivers slip-streamed into the ISO unless it's a very old PC: Download Easy USB Creator - NeoSmart Technologies
 
#3
It's very difficult to install Windows XP from a HDD because it doesn't have the drivers to do so. Easy USB Creator can create a USB for installing Windows XP, but you'll need the USB drivers slip-streamed into the ISO unless it's a very old PC: Download Easy USB Creator - NeoSmart Technologies
Thanks for your reply.
I don't have USB support so I can't use that to install. However, I was wondering, if I install XP in a virtual machine and then image it over to my physical disk, could I make a boot record for it and boot into it?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
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#4
You'd have to run sysprep on the XP image first.