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Windows XP won't boot from USB (Rufus)

asked 2016-06-03 14:16:30 -0500

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So... Before jumping on me and telling me "Windows is not linux", I know... I just don't have where to ask and since my main PC on wich I set up the USB works on fedora I ask here... I have an old Acer Aspire 5732 ZG which I have to "repair" since my little brother (7 yrs old) just wanted to play something on it, he saw it on my desk opened and he wanted to play a little game... He downloaded something and then deleted a part of the OS, I would get a bluescreen from 10 to 10 minutes so I made the USB and deleted the OS. I lost the original Windows XP disc a looooong time ago and I made a USB, now when I tested it I would only get the option to boot in Fedora 15 (It is here from quiet a long time) although I opened the BIOS and put the USB on the first position it won't work... What should I do? I used Rufus to make the bootable USB... Any tips? And if you reed it all, thanks for the time you spent reading this and thanks for helping :)

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Welcome to ask.fedora. Normally, I wouldn't approve your question as it's not Fedora related. In this case, I'm leaving it open because you do have a serious issue and somebody here may know how to help you. Aside from that, I can only suggest that when you can you back up everything on your /home and replace Fedora 15 with Fedora 23, or 24 because there have been massive changes that you really should have access to. Good luck, and feel free to return with any Linux issues you have.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-06-03 15:26:56 -0500 )edit

Do you want a alternative rufus in linux? mmm, sorry but impossible; try http://www.etcher.io/

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2016-06-04 02:03:13 -0500 )edit

Sorry but you need a optical drive, and delete and format partitions... you can use gparted

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2016-06-04 02:07:16 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-06-06 01:58:19 -0500

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you better prepare the bootable windows USB from a windows pc using the diskpart utility. On how to use diskpart to make the bootable windows USB see here. Although this discussion is about windows 7 it should work in the same way for windows xp. Then you select your boot option from bios and it should work.

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Asked: 2016-06-03 14:16:30 -0500

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