Need To Create USB Boot Disk for Sony® VAIO Laptop
You could install Windows with USB 2.0 flash memory drive now. The thing which you need is a high-speed 4GB flash memory just to create a bootable Windows Vista on flash memory drive. It sounds a bit rare to hear people install Windows on Flash Memory. Its concept is simple; using flash memory drive to act as Windows Vista installation DVD disk only. But installing Windows Vista from a high-speed USB flash drive perhaps is the easiest and fastest way to complete a Windows Vista install as nowadays every computer or laptop has a USB drive. Meanwhile, it is much faster than using a DVD, gigabit Ethernet, or even some external USB 2.0 hard drives due to differences in access speed and transfer rate.
- Create a bootable Windows Vista on Flash Memory
- Hal.dll not found
- Faster installs using an SD card
Create a bootable Windows Vista on Flash Memory
To format the USB flash memory drive to FAT32 file system, run CMD.EXE and type the command. It assumes that the USB flash drive is addressed as disk 1. Copy the Windows DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive. Start copying all the content from the Windows DVD to your newly formatted high-speed flash drive. Now set up your computer BIOS to boot from USB Drive. Install Windows from flash memory drive. You could try and view how fast the installation of Windows could be completed.
Hal.dll not found
When you get the error message "Hal.dll not found", start again from your USB Drive and choose option 2 “Gui-Installation” which should work now. Just follow the installation process until you reach usable Windows desktop. This error message is misleading; there is nothing wrong with your hal.dll; the boot.ini has a corrupted entry and is easy to fix; search for boot.ini and open the boot.ini. Now delete the line that refers to “Windows-USB-Boot”; it should be the last line. Boot the Windows normally without the pen drive.
The Windows XP setup does not load USB2 drivers; it uses the motherboard's legacy USB1 driver. You could get USB2 speed by performing all of the above operation on a fast SD card. It performs all the procedure mentioned above, except pointing the target to an SD card in a USB card reader. Now you would end up with a bootable SD card. You could use a fast reading SD card, but you would get good speed even with a normal speed card. Put it in the card reader, boot into the BIOS, and change the boot order.