Create Windows install on USB Stick

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ba747heavy, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. ba747heavy macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2005
    New Mexico
    Hi all -

    I have a netbook that I am trying to reinstall windows on. Unfortunately, I only use this netbook very occasionally for guests and such, and right now it is completely not able to boot. It doesn't have a CD drive, and HP thoughtfully has only given me CDs for my recovery disks.

    I have come up with plenty of guides on the net for creating a bootable XP install, but they all seem to require windows. Is there ANY guide out there for creating a bootable USB XP install from the mac?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You want this to boot your netbook from?

    What media are you going to use to create it in the first place?

    Can you just boot that in Virtualbox/VMWare/Parallels and follow one of the Windows based guides.

    Check the top of the forum for a guide on installing XP to an external USB drive for your Mac.

  3. ba747heavy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2005
    New Mexico
    The install CDs that came with the netbook are what I am going to take the install from, and put it on a USB stick I have laying around.

    I hadn't considered the VM route; I suppose that would work.

    Thanks for the reply.

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