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Guys, is it possible to install windows 7 or XP on my 8gb USB Thumb Drive?

And may I also boot from there?

I want to remove all my SATA drives yet run an OS that supports 1080p videos from the web for troubleshooting.
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I seem to be having a problem though:

I downloaded the USB thing from the Ubuntu Website: (choosing options USB Stick and Windows in Number 2 Option).

Then I think I was able to boot into it.

I am stuck in the "Ubuntu" screen (purple/violet background w/ 6 dots that seems to serve as "loading" icons.

It just stays there, waited for 20 mins, pressed escape and saw these repeating lines over and over every 5 seconds:

end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0
Buffer I/O error on device fd0, logical block 0




And I thought I kinda got it.. huhu
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Tried LiLi as well Shat down my windows! xD
http://www.overclock.net/windows/994...ash-drive.html

BTW, I am very knew to this and any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance!
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Get a new ISO, use a different program to put it on the USB.
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word of advice. ubuntu is different than windows. if you like to game, its no good. some programs must be acquired through the 'sudo apt get' command. you cannnot install .exe files.

on the other hand, its very stable, has a software data base for just about any software you need. also, running DVDs on Ubuntu can be a total pain in the ass.

i used it for about 2 weeks to try it out. I liked it, but I didnt care for it very much. very nice for people who like doing simple things. or people who like doing complex things. no real intermediate if you ask me.
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word of advice. ubuntu is different than windows. if you like to game, its no good. some programs must be acquired through the 'sudo apt get' command. you cannnot install .exe files.

on the other hand, its very stable, has a software data base for just about any software you need. also, running DVDs on Ubuntu can be a total pain in the ass.

i used it for about 2 weeks to try it out. I liked it, but I didnt care for it very much. very nice for people who like doing simple things. or people who like doing complex things. no real intermediate if you ask me.
No gaming for the most part, there's all sorts of intermediate things to do.

[edit] That's a half lie... No proprietary gaming for the most part, while wine works, new games always have troubles (till they get working). However there is a huge game base that does work, generally older though. Although if it's based off a previous game engine and that engine works the game tends to work too. COD for example, they all work (more or less). Really to get a full picture you need to use the wine appdb.
Edited by mushroomboy - 4/21/11 at 11:47pm
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Get a new ISO, use a different program to put it on the USB.
^This.

It is really easy to download a bad ISO. Make sure the md5sums are right, and if you downloaded it via torrent, do a force recheck a few times.

I have had some real trouble trying to make an Ubuntu boot drive because the ISO was corrupted sometime during downloading.

Also some programs tend to make bad boot drives more often, and it might take several tries with certain programs to make one that works.
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^ That's why I said it cause it's the easiest to do first. Get a different program, unless you use unetbootin, and a new iso!
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Not sure but I think you posted "How to install XP via USB.. not Boot XP OS on a USB"

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word of advice. ubuntu is different than windows. if you like to game, its no good. some programs must be acquired through the 'sudo apt get' command. you cannnot install .exe files.

on the other hand, its very stable, has a software data base for just about any software you need. also, running DVDs on Ubuntu can be a total pain in the ass.

i used it for about 2 weeks to try it out. I liked it, but I didnt care for it very much. very nice for people who like doing simple things. or people who like doing complex things. no real intermediate if you ask me.
Not gonna game, gonna do it for diagnosis.

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^This.

It is really easy to download a bad ISO. Make sure the md5sums are right, and if you downloaded it via torrent, do a force recheck a few times.

I have had some real trouble trying to make an Ubuntu boot drive because the ISO was corrupted sometime during downloading.

Also some programs tend to make bad boot drives more often, and it might take several tries with certain programs to make one that works.
I downloaded two of the 10.10 desk and net.. same problem.

How may i check the md5sums? I never downloaded Ubuntu stuff from the torrent.. went direct download from their site and via their own usb program.

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^ That's why I said it cause it's the easiest to do first. Get a different program, unless you use unetbootin, and a new iso!
I tried Unebtootin.. same problem.
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Found out how to Hash Check.. everything matches up for the ff:

59d15a16ce90c8ee97fa7c211b7673a8
ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso

6877bf8d673b87ba9500b0ff879091d0
ubuntu-10.10-netbook-i386.iso
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Great you could check the hash! Now I believe the problem is Unetbootin. I have had issues with it with a clean .iso.

Before Ubuntu recommended the use of the Universal Image installer or Unetbootin (these both failed me), the program that they said to use was the Win32 Image Writer.

https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+download

Use this, and I think it won't fail you.
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