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booting up using USB device

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I think this is the right forum for this. I have a little problem reformatting my computer. It has windows xp professional with service pack 2 installed on it; however, i have a windows xp sp1 disk so if i try reformatting it when i go into my computer and directly accessing the cd it would not work.

The computer does not have a cdrom drive installed, so i am using an external cdrom drive.

Is there anyway to boot up using a usb device, or is there anyway to reformat it without having sp2.

It is a dell computer optiplex gx50 (the cdrom drive was removed)

Thank you

Edited by mrq201, 20 July 2007 - 11:16 AM.

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Is there anyway to boot up using a usb device

You should be able to select this in the BIOS, under a heading called "Boot Sequence" or something similar. Every BIOS is different.
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