I have an old laptop and I want to re-install Windows XP on it. The problem is that this laptop does not have an optical drive. I checked the boot sequence in the BIOS. It does not show an option to boot from USB. It have only two options:
- Boot from HD.
- Boot using Realtek agent (network boot).
I tried to copy the Windows CD to second drive
D:\ and run the installed from there. However, I could not format the
C:\ drive. Windows complaints about setup files will be removed or something like that.
I tried to boot the laptop using PXE, but I could not. It seems that the DHCP request did not get answered.
I thought I could use a USB CD-ROM drive (I don't have one to try), but it might not work as there is no option to boot from USB. Do you think it will work? Do I have other options to try? Any recommendations?