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I have an asus 1215N netbook (No CD drive), currently running ubuntu 11.10. It's all working great, but time comes when the man needs some retro gaming, and well... I need a windows on the same machine now. I've tried WINUSB and creating a bootable USB using a friend's windows machine, both failed. I have managed to boot from the USB but the windows installer keeps telling me it's lacking drivers (which is not true, because I have installed Windows from that .iso on a different pc on a different occasion) or wouldn't recognize my hard drive. None of the answers I've found on the forum so far seem to be quite relevant. It just seems like I'm stuck with ubuntu 11.10, and according to what a lot of the answers to similar problems suggest, the best way to go about that would be to install windp

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Why not a virtualized xp? – maniat1k Apr 8 '12 at 21:56
Newer notebooks ships with Hard disk mode to AHCI. Xp doesn't support it. If its there try changing it from BIOS. – Web-E Apr 9 '12 at 6:41

Here's a tutorial on getting it working without more hardware. It's pretty step by step. A user on another thread referenced it as also working for XP, although it targets Vista/7.

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I don't think Unetbootin can make a bootable USB with Windows. At least it's not in the list of supported OSes on the page you linked to :) – Sergey Apr 8 '12 at 21:26

Try using a CD instead of a USB drive (a USB CD drive), I'm not sure that Windows officially supports USB installs. I know they don't support windows installed on USB. Worst comes to worst, you may need a CD or USB drive with some SCSI or SATA drivers on it for your hardware.

Here are the steps, in case you didn't know:

Burn the ISO to a CD.

Use a partition manager to create a new windows partition.

Then you will need:

  • Linux live CD with grub on it, Ubuntu will work
  • Windows install CD

Just boot up with the windows CD and install it to the new partition. Then, boot your linux live CD and re-install grub and boot into linux. Just run a update-grub and you should be good.

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In the question '(No CD drive)' – RobotHumans Apr 8 '12 at 18:51
USB CD drive bro – Relish Apr 8 '12 at 18:56
You're suggesting that he buy hardware instead of answering his question – RobotHumans Apr 8 '12 at 18:59
Borrow one..... Borrowing hardware is usually the easiest solution for these type of things. Also, an abscure solution: GRUB classic had a command for a while called hook, where you could remap the drives in your computer. You may be able to remap the CD drive to an ISO file or partition. – Relish Apr 8 '12 at 19:00

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