i hope this is the place for noob questions here goes.
You see, it is in a section called:
reboot.pro > Groups > WinBuilder
and it is presumably aimed to give Support
You are asking some Support
about Windows XP
on USB, consequently a place like:
reboot.pro > Groups > Windows Support
might have been a tad more appropriate.
so i have aquired a couple older P4 type laptops with no HDDs and no "boot from USB".
wanting a HDD-less solution like boot from Cd + run from USB.
I can use a USB HDD in the beginnning to install xp but would like to hack that down afterwards like perhaps moving many / most of the xp read only files (DLL etc?) back to the boot CD that can probably still be found by XP via a simple PATH statement?
Wait a minute.
The BIOS on those PC's can or cannot
boot from USB?
If no, things will be much more complex AND
you will need anyway *something* to boot from (kicker).
point being to lighten the USB OS seriously
to MOVE /switch nicely onto a 4 GB pen drive and create a highly functioning configured WinXP (persistant?) with just a CD (or DVDR) and pen drive.
looking for guidance suggestions etc.
i'm thinking there may need to be a partition on the thumb drive for the ram drive files that would contain the page and hibernate files?
the batch file that starts the OS would copy those files to ram drive before startup and (compress+) back to flash after shutdown /standby /hibernate?
i dunno, i'm just asking.
Since you are presuming that you will need a Ramdisk of some kind, this may be a likely place to find something related:
> Groups > Project forge > FileDisks/RamDisks: Firadisk, etc.http://reboot.pro/forum/94/
and casually there is this thread:http://reboot.pro/9830/
that should be what you are looking for. BUT
installing an XP directly to the USB device (being it a hard disk or a flash stick) is not that straightforward.
It would be much easier if you had an internal hd.
Please also take note that some BIOSes won't boot from USB if there is NO internal disk.