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mikhael

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I have a 160gb usb drive that i am looking for a use for. I install windows on a lot of computers often (i build systems for friends ect) and i use more than one version (XP on some, vista on others ect) I always use legal new OEM licenses and I use oem disks to do the installs. What im looking for is a simple one stop shop for my OS installation.

What im looking to do:

Set the pc to boot from the usb drive and when it does

It boots into a menu asking which OS i want to install
example:

Which Operating System Would You Like To Instal?
1. Windows 98se
2. Windows 2000PRO
3. Windows XP
ect

Once i select one of the options it starts installing it as if i booted from the install disk.

any ideas on how to accomplish this?
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I am replying to this for two reasons.
1: to bump the topic in case others are interested
2: to report my progress

Progress:
So far I have successfully created my own boot cd complete with my personal menu (IE install OS 1 install OS 2 ect )
I also was able to create an image for my usb device which does the same thing based on my boot cd files.

Issues:

I haven't figured out how i will be installing ubuntu from this menu as it is dos based and there isnt a simple executable file on the ubuntu disks for installing/live cd operation

I will post more about HOW i did this later as I see this as an invaluable tool for a system builder/tech.

Later versions:
Hoping to include things like ubcd, ohpcrack, bartpe ect all on the one drive (a one stop tech/install shop)

Any recommendations or help with the ubuntu issue please let me know.
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