installing windows xp on a usb hard drive to boot sony vaio from

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Shamsher, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Shamsher

    Shamsher Guest

    Hi,

    I have Sony Vaio VGN-N250 with windows vista preinstalled. I have a usb Hard
    drive on which i want to install windows xp and use it when required on this
    notebook. i donot know how to do it so can aNYONE GUIDE ME HOW TO INSTALL
    WQINDOWS XP ON THE EXTERNAL USB HARD DRIVE AND BOOT my notebook from that. i
    will be highly thankful.
     
    Shamsher, Apr 3, 2007
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  2. Richard G. Harper, Apr 3, 2007
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  3. Shamsher

    Rick Rogers Guest

    No can do. XP would have to be installed on a separate volume of the
    internal drive. This would require repartitioning and allocation of free
    space for it with a third party drive tool.

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    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
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    Rick Rogers, Apr 3, 2007
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  4. It would be direct contradiction of Microsoft's policy of one license per
    computer, to allow you to install Windows to a USB hard drive and let you to
    use it on "any" computer.

    Your answer is a resounding NO!

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    Richard Urban MVP
    Microsoft Windows Shell/User
     
    Richard Urban, Apr 3, 2007
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  5. You are posting while using Windows XP, talking about Windows XP on a Vista
    newsgroup (no crime, except these groups ARE for Windows Vista) and trying
    to pass yourself off as a Microsoft MVP.

    I suggest you get your act together!

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    Richard Urban MVP
    Microsoft Windows Shell/User
     
    Richard Urban, Apr 4, 2007
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  6. Shamsher

    Rock Guest

    XP is not designed to run from an external USB hard drive. Some folks have
    purported to do it, Google for it, but I have not seen any competent
    information to show it can be done.
     
    Rock, Apr 4, 2007
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  7. When you boot from the XP CD you should have the option to install on the
    external drive just like any other installation. I've accidentally left USB
    flash drives in my computer when installing XP and I have the option to
    install on those (lol) so I would imagine you should be able to do the same
    on an external drive.
    A bit of advice: you ought to remove the interal HD when installing XP on
    the external drive, or you (or XP) might get confused and install in the
    wrong place or delete something by accident.
     
    Microsoft MVP, Apr 4, 2007
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  8. Sheesh, don't be such a hater Dick. True the question may have been in the
    wrong newsgroup, but it DID involve Vista in a way.
     
    Microsoft MVP, Apr 4, 2007
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  9. Shamsher

    Shamsher Guest

    Thanks everyone for reply though no solution yet. I just want to run few of
    my softwares that are not compatible with vista and thought I will use
    both..thats why I got vista notebook. But vista sucks sometime, it gives
    problem on internet explorer which is associated with yahoo messanger. I am
    not an expert so donot know what exactly is going on. So I bought Xp too.

    Then I tried to make partition and install xp and vista seprately But the
    notebook donot have vista CD but only recovery Cds. When I installed vista
    from recovery CDs..it wiped out my windows xp and I ended up with Vista only.
    Now can you guys tell me how to install both using recovery Cds to install
    vista after I have installed Windows Xp.

    I will be thankful.
    Shamsher

     
    Shamsher, Apr 9, 2007
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  10. Shamsher

    Shamsher Guest

    Thanks everyone for reply though no solution yet. I just want to run few of
    my softwares that are not compatible with vista and thought I will use
    both..thats why I got vista notebook. But vista sucks sometime, it gives
    problem on internet explorer which is associated with yahoo messanger. I am
    not an expert so donot know what exactly is going on. So I bought Xp too.

    Then I tried to make partition and install xp and vista seprately But the
    notebook donot have vista CD but only recovery Cds. When I installed vista
    from recovery CDs..it wiped out my windows xp and I ended up with Vista only.
    Now can you guys tell me how to install both using recovery Cds to install
    vista after I have installed Windows Xp.

    I will be thankful.
    Shamsher
     
    Shamsher, Apr 9, 2007
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  11. Shamsher

    Don Guest

    Shamsher wrote:
    ....
    ....

    I don't know what exactly is on the recovery CDs but my guess is that
    they won't do what you want to do. When you say XP was wiped out, do
    you mean the separate partition was deleted, and Vista now occupies the
    entire disk again?
     
    Don, Apr 9, 2007
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  12. Shamsher

    Rock Guest

    Don't think you will be able to do this if both XP and Vista are on a
    recovery CD. Recovery CD's are set to install i in a fixed fashion. You'll
    need to get an installation CD or DVD for one of the OS's. Also the
    recovery CD for XP is an OEM version and by it's license it can't be
    installed on a different computer from that on which it came so you can't
    put it on the new computer that has Vista OEM. You'll need to buy an OEM or
    retail copy of XP to do what you want.
     
    Rock, Apr 10, 2007
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  13. i acidently put a movie on my recovery disk and now its in the red and all
    fill up how do i get it back the way it was

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    leslie.c.g.m.k, Jun 2, 2007
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  14. Shamsher

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Move it to a different location??

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    Cal Bear '66, Jun 2, 2007
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