My eMachines eM250 netbook currently has no hard drive as the old one broke a couple of months ago. In an attempt to get the computer up and running again, i ran it on Ubuntu 12.10 through a bootable USB memory stick which worked fine. Unfortunately Ubuntu isn't really good enough for what i need and so i decided it might be better to try and get Windows back on instead.
To do this i downloaded the .iso from Digital River and copied it to my formatted USB drive using the Windows DVD/USB write tool which is downloadable via the Microsoft website. When i boot the netbook up using the USB it wants me to install the operating system to the hard drive which i don't have. The installer says i can install onto a USB but when i plug it in it gives me the message discussed in the thread below:
I'd been expecting it to run like Ubuntu where you can just plug the memory stick in and get up and running straight away without any installation.
Surely there must be a way to boot Windows without installing like i wanted to do originally? And if that's not possible, can it be run through VirtualBox on Ubuntu?
Help would really be appreciated as i have almost given up on this now.