Create Multiboot USB Drive: Install Windows 7, XP From Same USB Drive

Earlier, we have covered some tutorials: 1. Install Windows XP from USB Drive 2.How to Create windows XP Bootable USB Drive 2. How to install Windows Seven From USB Drive. All the processes work fine and the readers feedback was positive. But there were some drawbacks with those procedures:

1. Previous methods of creating of the bootable USB drive for Windows XP involves numbers of steps and takes a lot of time to complete.

2. You are to use the similar Operating System to prepare the USB disk. i.e if you want to prepare your USB drive to install Windows XP, you’ll have to use Windows XP to apply the preparation method. The similar condition is applicable when preparing the USB drive for Windows 7.

3. Those methods do not have any option to prepare the USB disk in such a way that it would install both Windows XP and Windows 7 after spending one time effort.

But we found an awesome free utility WinSetupFromUSB which comes across  drawbacks and allows you to create a Multiboot USB drive to install Windows XP and Windows 7 from the same USB drive. No need to prepare your USB stick separately. Even the tool works in both Windows XP and Windows 7.

Creating the Multiboot USB Drive for Windows 7 and XP

Creating the multiboot USB drive is too easy and involves four simple steps. Before getting into the process, make sure that the USB drive that you have, is minimum 4 GB of volume (recommended 8 GB) and formatted with FAT32 file system. Once you are ready, download WinSetupFromUSB and extract at any location of your computer.

Then follow the steps below:

1. Insert the formatted USB drive in the USB post of your computer and run the WinSetupFromUSB_1-0-beta7.exe.

2. Make sure that the utility has detected your USB drive.

3. Now enable the option Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup selecting the check box and browse to the Windows XP installation file location. Next, enable the option Vista/7/Server 2008 Setup/PE/RecoveryISO and browse to the Windows 7 installation files’ location. In both cases, if you have the ISO images, extract them by WinRar or 7-Zip.

4. Click the Go button to get started. It might take several minutes.

Though we have discussed the process for only Windows XP and Windows 7, you can also add Windows Vista as well as Linux.

Comments

  1. One In All :

    Hi pal! I am new to net world, I have seen many blogs and sites since I get registered also, it is a good source for everyone to create a site like, I am going to create my own blog too, it will be great fun for me, han!

  2. Avnish Kumar Singh :

    My self avnish, i was unable to install xp without this software ..
    this is best alternative to the cd drive.

  3. harihar sharma :

    what is usb bootable windowsxp and windows 7

  4. Sagar Kandi :

    Its not working for windows xp, i have tried multiple times but i was not able to install windows xp. please provide the correct precedure to format with windows xp.
    Hope i can get the reply soon.

    • wathoni :

      windos xpdriver.

  5. amish :

    its not working..
    i m getting autolt error:
    subscript used with non array variable..

    error line 7504..
    can u please c to it that whats wrong?

  6. Holax :

    Little Confusion

    for example, i insert XP CD in CD ROM & then i need to select CD Path? or i need to Create Image of Win XP by Some CD Burning tool ?, i m not getting it- kindly xplain lil more!

  7. Perlouze :

    Hi
    Just tried so much tutorial ect to make a simple usb stick boot with win xp setup inside Every time i got to the installer fine just it doesn’t detect my Hard Drives. (tried on several computer)
    If anyone have idea on it.
    thanks

  8. chintu :

    thanks……………………………..!!

  9. User :

    Hi,
    Is it possible to add more than 1 XP to the package? Like Xp Home, XP Pro and Windows 7?
    Thanks

  10. User :

    Got it, Just select new package and run again :)

  11. Zeeshan :

    I follow the multi boot method but in winsetupfromusb software i choose only sp2 not win7, i have 4 gb pendrive, my usb was successfuly bootable with sp2 xp, everything was very well but in installing windows phase , there some errors ,incorect parameter,conent missing etc etc, so wt i do knw pls help me pls , nw my pc nt starting just blue screen loading and 39 min remaning , pls help me

  12. Biplob :

    windows xp for usb

  13. engr dada sunday :

    pls i like this blog but can you send me how to use flash drive to format computer and load windows XP,7,Vista to my email box at 4realpw1@gmail.com or call me on +2347061231545 from outside nigeria but if nigeria 07061231545 thanks.

  14. Virus.Alert :

    Hell_o
    Tanmay Sir,
    Thank You For Posting This Really Needy Software..; )
    I’ve Been Installed Windows Vista & 7 By Usb Stick So Far By Myself Without Ne Third Party :P,
    But Was Unable To Install XP :( [Everytime I Plug-in & Boot , I got A Error, It Says:
    Remove the Device
    Press ctrl+alt+dlt to Restart the system]

    But As U Posted This Article, Now I Can Boot XP Too [ Not Only Xp, But Also Ubuntu, Linux, UBCD, & bart PE :)
    Thanks A Load Man ; )
    Keep It Up!!
    Live Curious ;)
    Peace..

  15. sagar_kandi :

    Its not working for windows xp installation.
    its throwing some error code after loading the windows files.

  16. Joginder Kumar :

    thakns for software

  17. orlando :

    muy buen post sirve en realidad y es muy facil muchas gracias por la ayuda

  18. Jason :

    Is there a way to install multiple instances of 7? Example.. x86 version and x64 version..

  19. himanshu :

    my usb is know bootable
    but i am not able to run setup

  20. Masud :

    Plz send usb bootable soft

  21. jericho :

    does it works on edited version os??? e.g windows xp sp3 black edition,, its a modified version ….

    • Tanmay :

      Yes of-course

  22. Vince :

    This is awesome and works very well. I was looking for something like this for a long time since Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool will not work with XP. But this works with all of them. Thanks.

  23. Marath Doung :

    I like it very much it is the best software for boot xp from usb

  24. edmar sarmiento :

    It’s fantastic…it’s working fine with me…very useful, no need to bring cd, very useful for netbook, thanks a lot more power…

  25. Jason :

    Hirens does not work well with this.

  26. adriano :

    cosig cria um pendrive com os sistemas windows 7 xp e linux valeu mesmo

    The translated version is “I create a USB stick with Windows 7 xp and linux worth it”

  27. monsur :

    i need win to flash software

  28. aryan :

    I wish dos drive too .. I cant figure out how to have a handy dos prompt on same usb…… Can any one help ???????

  29. kawsar :

    i want

  30. mukesh :

    grubinst.exe could not find a Master Boot Record and partition table on the selected disk disk #1
    getting this error…..
    help me

  31. Sucker :

    fail tautorial

  32. Momchil :

    find –set-root –ignore-cd /usbdrive.tag

    This line can be deleted from the file menu.lst in the root directory because it gived me error that the file cannot be located…

    Error 15
    ls/ usbdrive.tag file not found

  33. RINI :

    Thankssssss U very much……… Giving this soft ware.
    it is good one but it is a running very slowly mins normally

    i want fast instillation.

    i ask q please do this soft ware fast and Multiboot plz see me my request

  34. lyle :

    this is great!
    but one q: how can i put on both 32bit and 64bit installs of windows 7?

  35. Vince :

    You need an install disk of Windows 7 that allows you to choose whether you want to install 32 bit or 64 bit.

    • Line :

      Thank you mate, installing XP from flash drive has been very easy!

  36. Jose :

    this work grate, thank you for the advize. also works with USB passport portable drive. just set the usb drive to first Boot and just follow the instructions installations

  37. nagaraj :

    i created multiboot usb but when i was installing windows xp there were two parts. When i was installing windows 7 it’s not possible to instal after restarting windows it again starts with loading files & instal now screen what to do how to install windows 7 please help me thank u

  38. Momchil :

    Nagaraj about the first problem just use part one. Part two is if the setup doesn’t load the local partition where the installation of XP takes place.
    About the second problem just choose the local HDD on which you are installing as boot device from BIOS. You’ve made the USB HDD to be boot device.
    It is better to use the Boot Manager (F8 on ASUS F9 on newer HP F12 on Toshiba, F11 on Acer etc…) only when choosing what to install and not doing it in BIOS because you need to change the boot device to local disk drive after loading the setup files and restarting.

  39. Reduce :

    great tutorial… i apply the procedure and all works fine… i add ubuntu and linux distro. i have now installed 4 windows system C in Windows XP D in Windows 7 E in Ubuntu and F in Linux. i have 8GB Flash Drive and I Used It Now As My Universal Operating System Setup. and lastly i modified also the menu list which is now looks good. :)

    regards to the creator of this tutorial.

  40. Jon :

    But My Boot Sequence In My Bios, NO USB? Only HDD, Floppy & CD-ROM. It Will Work My USB To Boot? Anyone Help? It’s Very Old Loptop… Hehe… My Rom Is Dead. My Floppy Is Dead. Damn!! I’m Dead!!! PLS Healp!!! =)

  41. Momchil :

    Jon most probably your notebook doesn’t support boot from USB so you are f*cked up… ;)
    OR you can try booting from hdd and see if it boots from USB. Some bios recognize USB as HDD. Even if you manage to boot usb most probably it will be very slow…

  42. Vince :

    Yeah Momchil is right. Even if you can get it to boot from USB and install the OS it’s going to be unbearably slow. Dual core is pretty much the minimum requirement nowadays. Best to scrap that thing. Besides computers are really cheap now. You can get a decent one for around $200 or $300.

  43. punith :

    superb superb.great thanks was in search of this since a year happy to got this website

  44. Ankit :

    Thanx dude it works…..

  45. GorgHeLL :

    Oh my God Vince and Momchil, do you think that Jon has the first ever laptop created? Even on the oldest computer that supports XP, the installation shouldn’t take more than an hour (a couple of hours tops)… which is not *that* bad if it’s the only thing you got. Anyway, I know that you said your CD-ROM is dead Jon, but this may help others that can’t boot from USB (not supported in BIOS). Just download “PLoP Boot Manager”, burn it on a CD – ‘coz it also has a “live” version (or install it if it’s your own PC) and than you can pretty much boot from everything (Network, USB, Other Partitions, etc).

  46. Vikas Bansotra :

    Dear it’s not working. it displaying an error
    “couldn’t install grub4dos.MBR”. Can you help me to resolve this error message.
    thanks
    vikas

  47. Momchil :

    Vikas Bansotra check this link below and always “google it!” before asking ;). Probably you didn’t format the partition right if you ask me.

    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/145497-could-not-install-grub4dos-mbr/

  48. banwari lal jhaver :

    Dear sir

    please suggest how to make bootable winxp/sp3and other softwares acrobate,winzip.ms office ,java ect . how to add softwares in winxp/sp3 bootable pendrive.

  49. naren :

    Dear …
    plz help me…
    pl tell me how can i create Windows vista, win 7 From Same USB Drive..
    plz reply me sir

  50. Tanmay :

    @Naren: You are at the right place. This article describes everything on creating booting USB device for both Windows 7 and Vista. Sorry for the late reply.

  51. nirmal :

    not working for xp

  52. Sunil :

    @Tanmay – All went well until a few seconds after pressing GO. The process aborted with the following message . I used the bootable iso for Win XP SP3 (which has worked well off disc). Please advise what I should do to complete the process. Many thanks indeed.

  53. Sunil :

    @Tanmay : the error message was deleted in my previous post inexplicably! Here it is – unable to install grub4dos MBR!. Thanks for your help.

  54. Asif :

    Use RMPrepUSB for grub4dos MBR error.

  55. prince :

    i am very wonder when i use the winsetup 1.1beta.this software is very good for dual boot pen drive

  56. smilex :

    it say folder BOOT or SOURCES could not be found..anyone help….=(

  57. gofree :

    Great! You saved me from buying a new DVD-Rom Drive. I just got my 2 OS: XP SP3 and Win8 and setup just fine!!!

  58. Prince :

    good evening sir..

    IM making a bootable usb drive for win xp using the xp iso file and,, I extracted the xp iso file in my computer and choose the folder where i extracted the xp iso file AND I USED XPSP3 ISO FILE but….

    I encounter this error….”file TXTSETUP.SIF COULD NOT BE FOUND”

    COULD YOU HELP ME WITH THIS MATTER..TNX IN ADVANCE!!!

  59. secretcode :

    Good Morning Sir!!

    I encounter a problem in creating a bootable winxp sp3..
    I downloaded the windows xp iso file and extracted it..
    after that..i follow steps 2 and 3 but i Encounter an error..
    “File TXTSETUP.SIF could not be found
    RETRY to select another source or CANCEL to return to the main menu”

    could you help me with this..

    my host machine is Xp Sp3 dark edition

  60. sameer :

    Fails for XP!!! after few installations XP installation shows errors.

  61. Peter O :

    I read elsewhere that the USB flashdrive should be first formatted in NTFS.
    I really wonder as to why its such an advantage to have both XP & Win7 on one USB drive, USB drives are now cheap & surely 2 OSs is just silly.
    Also it's recommended elsewhere to first remove some restrictions on the downloaded iso by using a SW removal tool (I'm sure you know about this); so does this approach work on a modified ISO?
    Finally I have raed that saving to DVD is better than to USB flashdrive because the speed of data transfer is much improved. Personally I prefer USB drives to writable DVDs & a small speed difference would not trouble me – but its worth asking?

  62. vignesh :

    I am Getting “STOP 0x0000007B Blue Screen Error” while Installing XP, when Setup starting Windows. Please tell me a Solution for this problem.

  63. Yaseen shaik :

    Works like a charm! This is the best software! Every one who is getting errors because of their antivirus. Please disable your antivirus protection while doing this procedure. Works great! I installed both Win XP and Windows 7. It takes 15 minutes to install windows 7. WOW!! Thanks To This Blog. Thank you very much.

  64. Michael Kearney :

    I wrote this in C# for this frustrating thread: https://sourceforge.net/projects/squirrelusb/. Make a multiboot windows USB key with Syslinux and FiraDisk. Formats with NTFS. Written in C# for visual studio express.

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