Use A PSP To Install Windows

Anyone can install a fresh copy of Windows via DVD and even using a flash drive is passé these days. If you're looking for a new way to get Windows up and running on your machine that doesn't involve these tried and true methods, you can always blow the dust off your forgotten Sony PSP and use it instead.

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Firstly, to answer you question: No, this isn't the most practical way to install Windows. Essentially, the PSP acts as a glorified card reader for a Memory Stick Pro Duo. That said, it does collect plenty of style points and I'm sure it would impress friends and family who regularly ask you to reinstall their operating system.

Plus, it gets your PSP doing something other than rotting in a drawer somewhere.

The most complicated part of the process is correctly formatting and partitioning the Memory Stick Pro Duo so that it can be booted from. Otherwise, it comes down to configuring the PSP for USB mode, plugging the handheld console in and setting it as the primary boot device.

Windows Setup will take care of the rest, giving you time to field questions about why exactly you're using a PSP to install Windows.

How to reinstall Windows on your PC using a PSP [Instructables]


Comments

    You could use the same idea to be able to boot a Windows installer off a mobile phone's external memory, which would be a much more useful thing to do.

    An interesting article. Also a useful way to reuse my PSP that's been gathering dust!

    Personally my PSP gets plenty of use while travelling but cool article anyway

      Yeah but think about it... on your travels, you can go and format all PC's in retail shops now.

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