Installing Windows on a laptop without a CD drive (noob question)

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  1. Maximillion

    Maximillion New Member

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    So I got an old HP Omnibook 5700ct which is currently running Win 98. I'd now like to reinstall Windows from a CD or maybe install it on a second (bigger) formatted HDD.

    Unfortunately the laptop doesn't have a CD drive so I'm not quite sure how to do it :hs: :wtc:

    I read somewhere that you can install Windows over a network but I don't know what programs are needed to set one up after you formatted the disk. Also the network card is one of those pcmcia plug in cards :(

    Any help would be greatly appreciated


    ps. Would Win2k run on that notebook (P 166, 32mb ,2gb) [​IMG]
     
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    maybe it'd be easier just to buy an external CD drive? Would you ever need one anyways?
     
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    Stick with 98 on that laptop. I've installed it on 64 MB of RAM but it's dog slow. And with that old hardware - don't.

    Anyway, you can install over the network. Your success will be determined on whether or not you have DOS drivers for that card - and if the drivers include PCMCIA support. Then get yourself a program like Ghost (because it's just that good) and you can make a boot floppy for it. If you don't have a floppy drive, you're pretty much hosed though.
     
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    Computer/Processor 133 MHz or faster Pentium-compatible processor; supports up to four CPUs on one machine
    Memory 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended); 4 GB maximum
    Hard Disk 2 GB hard disk with 1 GB available hard-disk space; additional available hard-disk space is required if you are installing over a network
    Drive CD-ROM or DVD drive
    Display VGA or higher-resolution monitor.
    Peripheral Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device (optional); ensure that all system components are on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for Windows 2000 Server


    There are some external drives for $45 shipped on pricewatch, but now that I think about it I don't even know if that laptop would have a USB drive. Doesn't look like you have enough ram, it says 128mb, 256 recommended.
     
  5. Maximillion

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    Hm. I will try that with the second hard disk first to see if it works.

    Thanks for the fast reply :bowdown: :bigthumb:
     
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    I'll see if I can get a cheap CD drive for the omnibook via ebay. Seems as if it would make things a lot easier :hs:
     

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