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December 17, 2011

Howto install Windows XP from USB Drive?

Filed under: General IT Related, Microsoft Related — Tags: , , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 4:41 PM

If you want to install Windows XP but your Desktop PC / Laptop has NO CDROM/NETWORK BOOT option , then still you can install Windows XP using USB Disk. Its simple and handy in many situations. Specially for network / hardware support personnel because USB have added benefits. You can  add / remove several apps on the fly from usb.

There are several ways to do this, For example If you have USB disk with under  < 2gb Space, you can follow this VERY simple and easy to follow Guide

http://komku.blogspot.com/2008/11/install-windows-xp-using-usb-flash-disk.html

But unfortunately for some reasons, it didn’t worked out for me .

So I decided to go with the USB_MULTIBOOT, In this example I am using the same.

Here We Start   . . .

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1)
You will need a special tool name USB_MULTIBOOT that will copy xp cd to usb and enable the Usb to boot Windows XP setup.
You can Download it from

http://www.mediafire.com/?gyjy3tlgdon

Unzip it to any folder. For example
c:\usb_multiboot_10

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2)
Run USB_MultiBoot_10.cmd from your the folder.
(As Shown in the image below)

Press any key to continue.

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3)
Format Utility will appear, Select  ‘ H ‘ , It will then give you  several options to choose. Select the following.
FILE SYSTEM = NTFS
FORMAT OPTIONS = QUICK
(As Shown in the image below)


TIP: Using the “HP format” option works fine for any capacity, and you can use FAT32 / NTFS
without problems. This can be useful as more systems can read FAT32 than NTFS.

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4)
Select Option 1   >   Select the WINDOWS XP Source path (CD or Extracted version)
(As Shown in the image below)


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5)
Select Option 2  >  Select USB-Drive Target Drive 
(As Shown in the image below)

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It will ask you to whether you want to install XP in Un-Attendend mode, which means that it will auto enter the required info during the setup installation like User names / Windows XP CD KEY / TimeZone etc.
Select YES and enter the required info like User Name CD Key etc. Follow the on screen instructions.
(As Shown in the image below)

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Now select option # 3 [Make MultiBoot and Copy Source] to start the setup copy process.
(As Shown in the image below)

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After this It will start copying XP files to USB and will perform necessary actions to make it Bootable.
After All data is copied It will inform you that

FileCopy to USB-Drive is Ready -OK- Success” ,
Click YES to continue.
(As Shown in the image below)

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ALL DONE. Your USB – Drive is ready for Booting.

Plug it to your computer and in BIOS select USB in first boot device.

After booting from USB you will see boot menu of usb , Something Like below image.

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Choose Text installation at first time
and GUI INSTALLATION AFTER REBOOT TWICE !

( Description: Choose step 1 to start installing xp in text mode, partition setup etc,  After reboot choose step two, After continued install , choose  step 2 AGAIN to log into XP -

As soon as you arrive at the Windows XP Desktop you can safely remove the USB Drive.

IMPORTANT! DO NOT REMOVE USB STICK UNTIL YOU’LL SEE XP’s FINAL LOGIN SCREEN!

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http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/112627-usb-drive-target-error/

Regard’s
SYED JAHANZAIB
aacable@hotmail.com

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