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I've already downloaded the fedora image here,

and the OS is windows XP,

how to I install it without inserting a CD ?

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migrated from serverfault.com Jun 14 '10 at 14:04

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You cannot install Fedora from the live media .iso. Only the normal install media .iso can be used for this.

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What's the difference between live and normal media .iso ? – wamp Jun 13 '10 at 2:40
    
The live media is about the size of a CD. Burning it onto a CD and booting from it will result in a usable Fedora desktop, running from the CD. It contains a compressed ext3 or ext4 filesystem with the packages already extracted. The normal media is about the size of a single-layer DVD. Booting from it will start the graphical installer. It is a normal ISO9660 disc, with the packages available for installation. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 13 '10 at 2:48

You either need to burn a CD, install to a VM, set up a PXE server (to install across the network to another machine), or use something like Unetbootin to create a bootable USB stick, which you can then install from.

You can't just magically install an iso file onto the machine it's stored on.

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For Ubuntu Linux the WUBI is avaiable. http://wubi-installer.org/

With this installer you can install ubuntu on to your pc while running Windows. I don't know if Fedora has a similar installer.

There is some more advanced and complicated way to achieve what you want with nearly every linux installer: http://marc.herbert.free.fr/linux/win2linstall.html

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