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THOUGHT: Install Windows XP on Netbooks from your Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 21.11.08 - 18:06:39 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 59057x
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This week I got my hands on LG's brand new and recently released LG X110 Netbook with embedded HSDPA which I want to test as an alternative to the HTC Shift UMPC. Since the LG X110 sports a massive 160 GB hard disk drive, I planned to partition it into two drives, C: and D: which I do with most of my PCs and Notebooks anyway. While C: holds the operating system (in this case Netbook-typical Windows XP only) and programs, D: is used to store all my documents. The benefit is that I don't have to take care about my documents in case I have to re-install the operating system because D: isn't formatted or deleted but C: only. However, since the LG X110 is a typical Netbook, it doesn't features an inbuilt optical drive which makes installation of an OS a little bit more difficult.

Installing programs later isn't the problem at all since you can do this through the network from another PC anyway but to install the operating system, you either need an external optical (USB) CD-ROM or DVD drive or you have to install it from a USB stick or SD card.
While I hadn't planned to install the OS again, I had to do so because LG was somewhat loveless when it factory installed the software package. For some reasons, the main partition was damaged which prevent me from splitting the existing partition into two but I was rather forced to delete the main partition to create a new one which I had to format after to get the HDD fixed.

I found a pretty good tutorial here (with all required tools) about how to create a bootable USB stick/SD card to install Windows XP from on a Netbook. But since I was travelling last week, I neither had a proper USB stick with me nor worked any of the SD cards I had. All I carried was my Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia Windows Mobile smartphone which has a massive 8 GB inbuilt flash memory which can be used as an USB drive.
So I backed-up the content from my Omnia and closely followed the tutorial. First I formatted the Omnia's inbuilt memory to NTFS and made it bootable by copying the Windows XP Professional files to it later. Then I changed the boot priority of the LG Netbook, attached the USB cable to the X110 and turned on the the Netbook again and here we go, while the previous attempts with the SD cards failed, the Windows XP setup started straight from my Omnia smartphone.

Cheers ~ Arne

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