I have a Dell Inspiron Notebook which has an Atom processor and which had a factory set-up of XP onto it. I had opted out the CD-ROM drive @ the time of purchase. Now my Windows XP is corrupted.

I tried installing Windows 7 on it, but it popped some error and could not complete installation for some reason (did not proceed from the last page where it said completing installation).

However I have tried re-installing XP from a bootable USB drive. Still @ the time of set-up it pops up an error saying:

CD-ROM drive not found. Set-up cannot continue. Press F3 to exit.

Also it displays a note that SCSI adapter has not been removed.

How do I go about and install XP, can it be a problem with the bootable USB drive, or is there a problem with my hardware?

  • Did the XP installation from your usb stick work? You may check out this site newyear2006.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/… there is a working tutorial about bootable xp installations, unfortunately its in german, you may have to translate ist with google. – Michael K May 16 '11 at 8:05

If you need make bootable windows xp,vista,7 just you need this tools


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But you wanna install windows 7

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that much better for windows 7 just you need iso and 4 GB or obove usb stick

That can be usefull good luck


Often booting from USB is disabled in BIOS Setup by default for security reasons.

Take a look into your Notebook's BIOS Setup (press the shown key while booting, it might be F2). In your BIOS Setup find the area for bootable devices. Set the USB to bootable there.

  • I get a boot screen where in I can select device from which I want to boot up.From there I select USB,and then it enters set-up but gives me the error. – Pavitar May 16 '11 at 15:06

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