technicians portable to boot into windows xp


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Montgomery_Minds
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Summary: I used Windows PE 3.1 but Windows-XP (WXP) laptops say "missing operating system".

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I have my macrium reflect 7.2.5107 installed on windows 10.
My regular technicians portable usb drive is built with Windows RE.
I tried to build another technicians portable using Window PE 3.1.
It seemed to build fine according to macrium reflect running on windows 10.
But when I try to boot from that usb drive on 3 different Windows XP computers, it says "missing operating system" on all 3.
All 3 do recognize that a USB is plugged in to boot from.
Maybe this is some kind of boot configuration error for windows-xp-era laptops?

(I created a ticket on this also)

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I've had trouble with Windows XP-era systems just booting from USB in general, especially from higher capacity flash drives (over 16 GB).  If at all possible, can you try burning a disc instead?

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My ticket helper suggested I try PE 4.0 and 5.0.
I tried PE 4.0 on USB--same result.
"missing operating system"

On your suggestion I tried DVD. I wrote PE 4.0 32bit technicians portable to DVD with multiboot an that worked--I could boot from that on the one wxp system I tried so far.

The bios clearly makes it seem like you can boot from USB. It is so much faster, I'd really like to get it working if I could.

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I remember a client who had Dell OptiPlex 980 systems. The one-time menu included a “Boot from USB” option, but even after trying multiple flash drives and multiple WinPE environments, I never got those systems to boot from USB. They just got stuck on a black screen after I selected that option rather than displaying any indication of loading WinPE. In fairness, I only ever tried booting from USB at the end of their lifecycle, so maybe by that point I didn’t have any flash drives old enough to suit those systems, but it was definitely annoying. I ended up booting from disc or the network (using a PXE server).
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