[URL="http://www.bootdisk.com"]www.bootdisk.com[/URL] guy mentions using HP tools..\n\nI will just add..\n\nThere are 2 tools ,\n\nThere is the 45MB thing, which installs really fast. so prob includes\nother things too.\nHP Drive Key Boot Utility\nIT IS NOT NECESSARY.\nI have not used it\n\n\nAnd there is the more plain.\n\nHP USB DISK STORAGE FORMAT TOOL.\nHPUSBF.EXE\nHPUSBFW.EXE\n\nThat does more than just format. It can format it and make it bootable\n\nYou just need HPUSBFW.EXE\n\nBoth are here\n[URL]http://www.bootdisk.com/plan20/hpflash1.zip[/URL]\nand elsewhere. if you were to google those things above.\n\nMentioning that info is important for googling, because at one point\nmr bootdisk.com`s HP link to it went down.\n\n** HP USB DISK STORAGE FORMAT TOOL **\n** HPUSBF.EXE , HPUSBFW.EXE **\n\n\nYou need to point HPUSBFW to bootable system files (like on a win9x\nbootable disk or disc - floppy or cd/dvd. So, command.com and\nio.sys). It will take them from the directory you point to that has\nthem.\nIf you can make a bootable floppy disk, win xp can, great.. though\nrequires a floppy drive (internal or usb)\n\nThe bootdisk.com guy has them under\nNon-Windows Based Image Files W/ImageApp\n[URL]http://s93616405.onlinehome.us/bootdisk/win98c.zip[/URL]\n\nwinimage can open it though is evaluation. Which is fine.\n\nTo see the files e.g. on the usb key, make sure you\nin win xp\ntools..folder options..show all files, and uncheck hide system/\nprotected files.\n\nYou cannot naturally boot win xp on any machine `Cos of chipset issue.\nYou can boot DOS and if you were mad, then prob Win9X.\n\nCould boot a LIVE OS (traditionally an OS adapted to boot from CD..\nBut now USB too)\n\nIn the BIOS, make good use of the down arrow to see all options in\nwhat is available to boot from!!\nBut like changing a CPU multiplier in the BIOS. The option may be\nthere but it will only work if the MBRD supports it.\n\nSimilarly, I suppose, if an option is not available, then the\npotentially dangerous process of flashing your BIOS, (to latest\nversion) may help. But for this particular option, it may be more\nlikely that your MBRD does not support it. Just a guess.