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I've tried to install Windows XP in my mom's netbook, the problem is best described here.

In the comments someone says that I can format the HDD with a pendrive of Ubuntu, and then reformat the HDD with another pendrive with Windwos XP, the thing is: I don't want to format the HDD unless it works, is there any way to install Windows XP from a pendrive Ubuntu Live??

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closed as off topic by Scott Severance, Jjed, bodhi.zazen, jokerdino, Mitch Sep 30 '12 at 8:50

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Questions about installing Windows are off-topic for Ask Ubuntu. Please ask on Super User instead. – Scott Severance Sep 30 '12 at 1:20
@ScottSeverance I asked there, and then someone suggest to do what I'm asking... Well something like that... – poz2k4444 Sep 30 '12 at 1:21
You have to install Windows from an appropriate Windows installation medium. Ubuntu live flash drives are for Ubuntu. You can, of course, do maintenance tasks, but you can't install Windows. – Scott Severance Sep 30 '12 at 1:23
@ScottSeverance but there is something that I can do with a pendrive of ubuntu in order to make an installation of windows XP, it doesn't matter if I have to reformat, just something that does work... – poz2k4444 Sep 30 '12 at 1:26
Additional note after reading your question on Super User: I'm not familiar with the technique recommended by the other user, but it seems to me like what he's recommending would be more along the lines of a disk image. Have you checked out the site recommended? It might turn out that I'm wrong. But I'm fairly confident of my answer. – Scott Severance Sep 30 '12 at 1:30
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What you're asking for isn't possible, as far as I know. The suggestion you received on Super User to check out Pen Drive Linux is bad advice because according to the website that tool is only for installing Linux, not Windows.

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Well, I think he says something like format HDD with an Ubuntu Live and then install windows with other USB, but I almost was sure it is impossible... thanks!! – poz2k4444 Sep 30 '12 at 1:41
Sure. You can reformat the disk with the live USB (though I'm not sure about formatting it as NTFS), but what use is that if you can't install Windows afterward? – Scott Severance Sep 30 '12 at 1:46
@ScootSeverance That's what I tought, but he seems to be pretty sure of what I'm asking here... – poz2k4444 Sep 30 '12 at 1:47

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