Install windows XP without a CD

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http://serverfault.com – I have a "old" laptop that i want to format and install windows XP but the DVD drive is not working proprely (it knows that there is a CD but says it's empty). How can i install XP without a CD? With a USB flash drive? UPDATE: i tried a linux live cd (mint 13) and it worked just fine. But with the two different XP CDs i have it doesn't (HowTos)