I previously wrote an article on how to Install Windows XP from USB. That process allowed you to create a Windows XP Bootable USB Drive, similar to the XP installation media. All you needed to make the whole process successful was a PC/Laptop with CD/DVD Rom (Windows XP as the host OS). Once you make your USB stick ready to boot Windows XP, you can use it to install Windows XP at any computer though it does not have any optical disk drive.
Here, we’re introducing the best way to install Windows XP by creating a bootable USB drive using PeToUSB. Though this process is quite complex and lengthy it has a better result than the previous one.
Preparing the Bootable USB Drive to Install Windows XP from It
After going through the following steps, you can make your USB drive ready to start setting up Windows XP from it. Then you can start the steps to install Windows XP. Follow the step-by-step guides.
1. Manage to get a USB drive with at least 1 GB memory.
2. Download the file, XP_FROM_USB.rar from this download link.
Update: You should use a XP installed computer to prepare the USB stick.
Step 1: Extract the file XP_FROM_USB.rar in a folder, say, Softslas in your
C: drive and open
C:>Softslas > PeToUSB. Double-click on the ‘peToUSB.exe’ file.
A dialog window appears like this:
Set the following values (refer to the screenshot above):
- Click on the ‘USB Removable’ radio button under the ‘Destination Drive’ section.
- Tick the ‘Enable Disk Format’ check-box.
- Check the boxes ‘Quick Format’ and ‘Enable LBA (FAT 16x)’.
Finally, put ‘XP-Softslas’ (or whatever you want) as the Drive Label and click the ‘Start’ button. Once clicked, a message box appears, click ‘Yes’.
Another message box appears again asking you to confirm the formatting of your USB stick. Click on the ‘Yes’ button.
Wait for a few seconds and the USB disk will be formatted.
Step 2: Open the Windows command prompt (press
Win key + R, type ‘cmd’ and hit the Enter key) and execute the following commands one-by-one.
bootsect /nt52 I:
cd.. and press the Enter key to change the base directory and run the following command.
And finally, execute this command to initiate the preparation.
Press any key to continue and the command prompt window will look like this.
Prepares Windows XP LocalSource for Copy to USB-Drive: 0) Change Type of USB-Drive, currently [USB-stick] 1) Change XP Setup Source Path, currently  2) Change Virtual TempDrive, currently [T:] 3) Change Target USB-Drive Letter, currently  4) Make New Tempimage with XP LocalSource and Copy to USB-Drive 5) Use Existing Tempimage with XP LocalSource and Copy to USB-Drive F) Change Log File - Simple OR Extended, currently [Simple] Q) Quit Enter your choice: _
Step 3: Insert the Windows XP installation media in you optical disk drive and perform the following tasks into the command prompt console:
- Type 1 and press ‘Enter’. Now browse the optical disk drive (CD/DVD drive) as the source path and click the ‘OK’ button.
- Similarly, enter 2 at the choice prompt. If the letter ‘T’ is assigned your computer then change it. Otherwise, do not alter it. After typing 2 in the choice prompt, it will ask to enter available virtual drive letter. Here, type a letter that is not associated with any drive letter of your computer hard disk. Let’s say, S is not a drive letter in your computer. So put S and press ‘Enter’.
- Now, it will prompt for the next choice. Type 3 and hit the ‘Enter’ key. Put the drive letter which represents the USB stick in your computer (open ‘My computer’ to see) and press ‘Enter’. Here, my USB drive label is I so, I put ‘I’.
- Again, input 4 and press the Enter key. It creates the new temporary image and makes a copy of it to the USB Flash Drive.
- Now you should wait for a few seconds and then follow the steps below. A warning message will appear like this: ‘WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE T: WILL BE LOST! Proceed with Format (Y/N)?’.
- Type Y and press ‘Enter’, you will get the message ‘Please wait………’. After completion of the formatting process, it will display ‘Press any key to continue’. Hit any key wait for completing another session. (The ‘Please wait………’ message is displayed again).
- Once completed, the ‘Press any key to continue’ message appears again. Just do that.
Step 4: Once everything go in the right way, a message box will appear showing ‘Copy TempDrive Files to USB-Drive in about 15 minutes = Yes OR STOP = End Program = No’. Click the ‘Yes’ button.
- After this, a message box appears asking, ‘Would you like USB stick to be preferred Boot Drive U?’. Click ‘Yes’ again. Another message appears asking, ‘Would you like to unmount the Virtual Drive?’.
- Click the ‘Yes button and wait for some times and complete the onscreen instructions.
Now your USB stick is prepared. You can start the installation process.
How to Install Windows XP from the USB Drive
1. Insert your USB stick into the USB port and reboot your computer. At the starting, enter into the BIOS setup and set the first boot preference as USB Hard Disk. Save the settings and exit from the BIOS console. Your computer will reboot again and the following screen will appear.
2. Choose the TXT Mode Setup and follow the onscreen instructions. After completion of the partition process, formatting the hard drive and copying files, the computer will restart again.
3. Now, choose the GUI Mode Setup option.
4. Wait for a while and your installation will be successfully completed.
There is another method by which you can do the same by creating a multiboot USB drive. Though this is pretty time-consuming technique, I’d still prefer this. Which technique do your prefer? Let us know through your comments.
You may also want to know about how to install Windows 7 from USB drive.