Installing XP from ISO from Vista

#1
Hi

Is there any way I can use BCDEdit or Neogrub to boot from a XP CD iso and install it on my Laptop with Vista? It doesn't have a CD rom drive or a floppy drive and I cannot run XP setup from Vista.


Thanks in advance
 

Mak 2.0

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#2
No you cant use BCDEdit or NeoGRUB to boot a ISO file. ISO are not bootable. BCDEdit is just to edit the Vista bootlaoder and NeoGRUB is for Linux installs.

Google and downlaod a demo of Alcohol 120% to burn the ISO easily or use Nero to burn the ISO. From there boot from the CD and install.
 

mqudsi

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#3
Hi proteus, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies.

Install NeoGrub and follow these instructions for GRUB: Neowin Forums Use Lilo or grub to mount and boot from ISO

Syntax is the same for NeoGrub and GRUB.

Addendum:

No you cant use BCDEdit or NeoGRUB to boot a ISO file. ISO are not bootable. BCDEdit is just to edit the Vista bootlaoder and NeoGRUB is for Linux installs.

Google and downlaod a demo of Alcohol 120% to burn the ISO easily or use Nero to burn the ISO. From there boot from the CD and install.
He's saying he doesn't have a CD Drive.

It is possible to boot an ISO with NeoGrub, but it's very convoluted and hackish - and probably won't work :shame:
 
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Mak 2.0

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#4
It just seems wierd that a laptop running Vista doesnt have a CD rom. o.0 That has got to be a first for me. Even the $200 laptops i see have a DVD drive.

Aww well hopefully it works.
 

mqudsi

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#5
Same here :wink:
 
#6
What I meant to say was the CD Rom drive is not working :tongueout:

Anyways, can you point me to some resource where I can some information about using NeoGrub to boot an XP iso. For the curious, MSFT gives an iso as a part of their MSDN AA program and I am using that.
 
#8
Thanks for the link, but I had earlier googled it and found that it addressed only Linux and would not work in my case as I do not have a kernel to load here.
 

mqudsi

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#9
#10
Thanks for the link. At first it doesn't look like it would work (I have nothing to put in the kernel parameter in the menu.lst) but I will give it a read. Else I have to wait till my new CD ROM Drive comes and I am able to use a CD to install XP!