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I would like to know how to boot xp from a flash.I have a compaq mini which does not have both a cd drive and would want to upgrade to xp professional from xp home.I have tried many options on the net but most do not seem to work.Kindly advice on the easiest and effective way

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I have compaq presario laptop doesnot support xp why. please me

If you are going to use XP you will have to set the boot order to boot CD or DVD ROM as the first boot in the BIOS. Then you will have to go in and format the drive and erase all the other storage information on all partisans, you will have to choose a partisan with the most available delete the rest of the stuff. This is the factory junk and files for the restore disk that came with your computer.
XP will be installed to a brand new partisan without any other partisans installed. Do not delete anything but partisans only and do not delete the largest one. Insert the XP disc it should boot first and select boot from disc it will do its thing and select the drive that should be the only one available which is the largest.
Now you will have to possibly do the drivers as well. So be prepared to do some online searching for the drivers. Frankly it is a lot of work and if you are going to do an upgrade go for the Win7 I'm assuming you have Vista installed. XP is the best in my opinion is stable and works without all the flash and junk. I hope this gave you some kind of idea. Also if you have a driver disc you can use that once you get XP up and running. John

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If you have a newer operating system like vista or 7, you can't do an upgrade but you can do a fresh installation.
Enter set up (usually F12 or F2 on Compaq). Change the boot order ( following the key on the bottom and right side of the page).
Make the cd or dvd the first boot device. Insert your XP installation disk and reboot the machine. You will be prompted to press any key to boot from so.
Start up should begin. If there is an operating system on it you will be given the opportunity to delete already formatted so. you will be left with an unformatted drive (or one partition, st up windows in that partition.
If you are using an upgrade disk and have a newer OS you will have to wipe the drive first.
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After the OS has prepared the hard disk and copied all files the computer will reboot and will boot into a installer kernel and will prompt you for even more selections. This process will take longer than the initial portion and most of these settings you can leave at default as well. When this part is complete the system will reboot again and your installation of XP should be complete.

When the system boots into windows it will ask you to create a user name, create a user name or multiple ones. Put in your driver CD or flash drive and proceed to restore your files and install your drivers. That's the revised version of it anyway.

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