Is it possible to copy windows xp or 2000 to a pen drive and to format and install windows to the harddrive with the pen software?
One person told me that in the majority of computers that isn't possible. Another one said: "No way! There is a problem with DOS drivers for the pen drive".
These people aren't real experts. They've got just some hardware and software experience. Impossible? Really? Perhaps not with some tweaking.
I expect you could boot it from that drive yes, it depends how big your memory stick was. I'd say one of the fast 2GB ones could acheive it pretty easily but I'm not sure (off by heart) how big the Windows install is.
well if size is the only thing your not sure about, think about it this way.. How bigs a single cd? ~700mb, so if Josso is right then it should fit.
Yes, mind you... is Windows on a DVD disc? I don't know I've always had recovery discs and pre-installed Windows on my PC's.
Apart from that it's no problem, just go into the drive in DOS and run the setup.
First of all a word of appreciatiion for the people that replied here.
Let's say I've got a 1 GB pen drive. The OS fits here. But the question still arises: Is it possible to avoid the CD drive and instead to install windows with the pen and what steps should be made?
It's technically possible but probably violates so many license clauses as to be completely illegal. You would also need to disable all the "anti-piracy" garbage that M$ has stuffed Windoze with so that you would get stupid WGA activation screens every time you plug into a new computer.
In theory it's possible to install any OS on any writable disk - but Windows has lots of "anti-piracy" and "copy-protection" stuff built in, along with some stuff which assumes that you're working off a normal hard disk. So in practise it's probably going to take a lot of hard work and may well not be practical. If you want an OS to plug in to different machines you're probably better off with a Linux-based solution.