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Basically I had the same error as the one on this topic: BSOD "STOP 0x0000007B" after installing WIndows XP on external HDD

The link on the answer is dead and I can't find it on Google's cache either.

I'm installing Windows XP SP3HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool on a USB thumbdrive (connected to the back panel), and have gotten through the text mode setup (after hours of Googling and trial-and-error). The BSOD shows up after the reboot, and I can't get past it. Is there anything else that I can try (other than using a HDD for the OS)?


  • Intel Pentium E2200
  • Gigabyte G31M-ES2L
  • 2 GB Kingston DDR2 RAM
  • 4 GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade (FAT32, formatted with HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool)
    No HDD is attached to the motherboard

Things I've tried

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Is this hardware known to be good via a different installation? Sounds like you may have a hardware error. – Raystafarian Feb 4 '12 at 13:27
Yep it's fine when XP is installed on a HDD. I actually spent the past 6 hours working on this, and figured out that the exact cause is that XP not being able to load USB drivers correctly (0x0000007B means INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE, and since the OS is on the USB thumbdrive, you can have a rough idea what happens in between). I'm still stuck at messing with the drivers though. – Shanshui Feb 4 '12 at 18:13

If you don't need the full Windows desktop but just need to run a couple utilities, it might be better to just create a Windows 7-based "WinPE" installation on your USB disk. You need to download and install the Windows AIK, and here's a Microsoft KB article on the exact steps involved.

If you really need Windows XP for some reason, you might have better luck using BartPE instead.

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