Yet Another Way to Setup Windows XP From Bootable USB Drive

I previously wrote an article Install Windows XP from USB. That process allowed you to create Windows XP Bootable USB Drive, exactly the same as the XP installation media. To make the whole process successful you need to have a PC/Computer/Laptop with CD/DVD Rom (should have Windows XP as the host OS). Once you make your USB drive ready to boot Windows  XP from it, you can use it to install Windows XP at any computer [Also read how to Install Software Into USB Drive].

Note: This process is quite complex but have a better result than the previous one.

Preparing the Bootable USB Drive for Windows XP

After going through the following steps you can make your USB drive ready to boot with Windows XP. Then you can start to install Windows XP from that removable disk at any computer. Follow the step-by-step guides.

Requirements:

1. Manage to get a USB drive with at least 1 GB memory.

2. The file XP_FROM_USB.rar from this Download link.

Update: You should have XP installed computer for this process.

The procedure:

1. Extract the XP_FROM_USB.rar archive in a folder named Softslas (Say) in C: drive. Now navigate to C:>Softslas > PeToUSB and double-click on the file peToUSB.exe.

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2. A window appears like this:

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Set the following values:

  • select “USB Removable as Destination Drive”.
  • select “Enable Disk Format”.
  • select “Quick Format”.
  • select “Enable LBA (FAT 16x)”.

Finally, put XP-Softslas (or whatever you want) as Drive Label and click Start.

A message appears and click Yes.

Another message box appears again. Click Yes.

Immediately after that, the USB disk will be formatted. Wait for a few seconds and then click on “Ok” and then “Close” button.

3. Open the Windows command prompt by typing ‘cmd‘ at the ‘Run’ box. The cmd.exe console appears.

  • Here, type the following syntax and hit the Enter button from your keyboard.

cd c:softslasbootsect

  • Again, type the following command and press “Enter”.

bootsect /nt52 I:

  • Type “cd..” and press “Enter” and also type cd usb_prep8 and press Enter.

  • Type ‘usb_prep8′ and press “Enter”.

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4. Press any key to continue.

Now the command prompt window will look like this.

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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:_

Insert the XP installation CD in you CD or DVD ROM drive and in command prompt window:

  • Type 1 and press “Enter”. A “Browse For Folder” window will appear and here select the CD/DVD drive and then click OK.
  • Similarly, for the choice field enter 2 and if there assigned the letter “T” for your computer then change it otherwise do not alter it. After typing 2 in the choice option it will prompt “Enter Available Virtual Drive Letter”. Here, type a letter that is not any drive letter of your computer. Let us say S is not a drive letter in your computer. So put S then press “Enter”.
  • Now it will get back to the Command prompt and then type 3 where it prompts for the choice. It prompts: “Please give Target USB-Drive Letter e.g type U”. Put your USB drive letter and press “Enter”. Here, my USB drive label is “I” so I put “I”.

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  • Again, input 4 and press Enter. 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 prompt: “Press any key to continue”. Hit any key to continue which makes you waiting for another session: Please wait………..
  • The “Press any key to continue” appears again. Just do the same.

5. 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”

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  • Click “Yes”.
  • After this a message box will appear showing “Would you like USB stick to be preferred Boot Drive U……………….”. Click “Yes”.
  • Another message appears asking “Would you like to unmount the Virtual Drive ?”

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  • Click “Yes” and wait for some time and the press any key…………….
  • Press any key again to close usb_prep8.

Now your USB drive is prepared for starting the installation process.

Starting the installation process of Windows XP from the USB drive

1. Insert your USB drive in the USB port and Reboot your computer. When starts the computer enter in the BIOS Setup and set the first boot preference as USB Hard Disk.Now Save and Exit from the BIOS Setup. Your computer will again restart and the following screen will appear.

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2. Now choose the TXT Mode Setup and follow the onscreen instructions. After completion of the partition process, formatting the hard drive and copying file the computer will restart again.

3. Choose the GUI Mode Setup option.

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4. Wait for a while and your installation will be successfully completed.

Though this is pretty time-consuming technique, I’d still prefer this. Which technique do your prefer? Let us know through your comments.

Comments

  1. badoo :

    i have tried but my compaq mini cq10 does not have the option to boot from USB.
    Anyone help please.

  2. Tanmay :

    Badoo: There should be a “Removable devices” under boot menu option in your compaq mini cq10 bios.

  3. Thaslim :

    I am trying to make the XP installable USB from a laptop which is having Windows 7 as OS . I am not succesful . Is this because i am using the Windows 7 OS to make the USB ?

  4. Tanmay :

    @Thaslim: Yes! Your prediction is write. The application that we are using to make your USB bootable is not compatible with Windows 7. We are sorry that we did not focused this point. We shall make some workarounds on this issue. In the mean time you can arrange a xp installed pc and make your USB bootable for installing Windows XP from it. This method works fine. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Pradeep :

    Hi, I have looked around for this solution for last two days, I found the details in here very elaborative. I had this TOSHIBA bought with Windows Vista Premium installed but obviously not being happy with it chose to install XP on it. Initially I had to struggle a lot to find a way around it as SATA HDD would not get detected by Original XP CD, so used liteon to create a CD to include SATA drivers init and was successful. The laptop now was much faster than earlier. The other day I had sound problem and reinstalled the sound driver and rebooted the laptop but it would not reboot with “UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME”. Have tried so many work arounds but nothing seems to work, Can not go in recovery console to repair it by using CHKDSK, MBRFIX. Can you please tell me a way out as I have lots of Data on this three partitioned HDD. I have tried booting from Flash Drive but it does not seem to work. Is there a way to have windows XP run from flash drive itself so that I can access the HDD and use CHKDSK and fix the MBR. Any help would be highly appreciated.

  6. Tanmay :

    @Pradeep: Did you tried to install Linux on your system? You can also use a Linux live CD. Let me know if this solves your problem. Thanks for sharing here. Will be happy to help further.

  7. pankhs :

    Hi,
    Tanmay,
    As you described in “Install Windows XP From USB Flash Drive Part-II” petousb is fine worked upto pendrive format….as I type in cmd prompt cd c:softslasbootsect enter it shows
    The system cannot find the path specified again further
    >bootsect /nt52 I: enter it shows
    ‘bootsect’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,……This not worked for me. Or am I following any wrong procedure. And I want to know that is it happening cuz I’m using currently windows vista as OS. or this method is appropriate for windows XP only. please help.Thanx in advance

  8. Tanmay :

    @Pankh: Sorry for that you are still in problem. You might not read the comment section fully. One of the reder had the same problem. This procedure does not support the Vista or Windows 7 system. You need a xp installed Computer to get ready your pen drive bootable for XP. We have tested several time this process in Windows XP and it works fine. Try in a XP machine.

  9. pankhs :

    A’ight Tanmay Thanx I appreciate. Is there anyway That I could resolve this issue on VISTA cuz my CD/DVD Rom Not working. So I’m in need of XP cuz vista Ruin my PC. Anyways THANKS tanmay you doing great JOB. Inform me if there’s any update on VISTA format using Flash. Thanks a lot.

  10. Tanmay :

    @Pankhs: I can understand your situation. But friend you need the CD/DVD Rom atleast one time to make your Pen drive capable to install Windows XP. So my suggestion is that if you have not the CD/DVD Rom then arrange a XP installed machine with CD/DVD ROM from your friends. Also I will find some stuffs so that the vista users can create the XP installation Pen drive.

  11. Asaph Murfin :

    I followed the directions exactly, all occurred as you have described, but when I try to choose the TXT mode at boot, it

    goes through two blue XP setup screens. when it gets to “Setup is loading files”, it fails with: “$WIN_NT$.~BTntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded. Error code 4.”

    I tried to find this file, but it does not exist except as NTKRNLMP.EX_. I tried changing its name to .exe and placing it in the $WIN_NT$.~BT directory, but it did not work.

    I have a laptop with a failed CD ROM, and this is the only way to recover it. Please help!

  12. Asaph Murfin :

    I failed to mention: the above failure is in TXT mode, which goes directly to the first blue XP install screen (3rd party RAID driver), then the second (Automated System Recovery), then fails as above. There is nothing like a DOS prompt or any opportunity to format the HDD.
    If I choose the GUI it fails with:
    “file is missing or corrupt:
    system32hal.dll”

  13. Tanmay :

    Murfin: After reading you comments, I can guess some reasons of the failure.
    1. The XP source file may be corrupted.
    2. The USB drive might have some problem.
    3. If you are using any other computer to prepare the USB, the CD/DVD drive to copy the xp file, may be the CD/DVD drive is not able read properly.
    Check all of the above points. The procedure is pretty good and me and my friends apply this method very often to install XP from the USB drive.
    let me know if those can solve your problem.

  14. Nayaar Hussain :

    Hi Tammy
    I tried to install xp on my HCl Laptop.
    All the step are very cleared and no problem occured during there steps.
    But it take long time to copy XP on USB drive.
    I am using 1 GB pendrive.
    It take 1 minute for 1 mb. pls reduce the time. However all the work is fine. Hepl me!

  15. Tanmay :

    Nayaar: It is normal. We shall try to reduce the time in some other procedure. Thanks for your comment.

  16. Tanmay :

    @Sarang: Are you applying this method as an admin user of the Os that you are using? If no then that may be an issue. If yes, then check your USB drive is working properly. Some time the USB drives become write protect due to virus. Is the host computer virus free?

  17. Tanmay :

    To create partition you need DiskPart. Unfortunately that is not available in XP. But you can get it in Windows 7. If you have Windows 7 installed then follow this link: http://www.oxhow.com/install-windows-7-from-usb-flash-drive-without-software/

  18. sarang :

    yup .. forgot to mention i am running on Windows7… the machine am installing on is asus eee pc , 1000H… following the mentioned link..thnx..

  19. Tanmay :

    So this is the reason that you were getting error when making the USB drive ready to boot XP. This method does not work on Windows 7. You might not notice Update: You should have XP installed computer for this process.

  20. adrian :

    Sir, may be you could me… when i install xp sp3.. on the installation process.. when formating the c: drive, where i’m goin’ to install the OS. it says that the drive maybe be corrupt and cannot be formatted. But actually it’s working.

    • Tanmay :

      I don’t know about your hardware configuration. But you can try by disabling the SATA native mode from your Computer BIOS.

  21. suman :

    Hi, When i try to boot my laptop using the TXT mode setup…I`m getting this error” please re-install a copy of the above file” i.e system 32hal.dll

  22. johhnnie :

    hi there , ive done what you say to get the usb stick ready to install xp on a compaq mini cq10 but when choosing the txt mode first i get a blue screen just after it starts copying windows files to the netbook .
    in the blue screen it says basically that the computer was shut down to prevent damage .
    tech info – stop 0x0000007b (0xf7a22524,0xc0000034,0×00000000,0×00000000

    can you help ?

  23. Tanmay :

    johhnnie: It seems your hardware problem. Though the exact problem can not be guessed with knowing the details you can follow this post: http://www.oxhow.com/windows-xp-crashes-with-blue-screen-and-restarts-automatically/. Also follow the comments on that post. Drop your comment if any further help is needed

  24. johhnnie :

    Hi tanmay , Ok i got passed my last problem but now i have another , Just after formating it goes onto the examine disc routine then just as it starts it fails saying ,, The following value in the .sif file used by setup is corrupted or missing :

    Value 0 on the line in section [sourcedisksfiles] with key “binifix4.cmd.”

    Setup cannot continue. to quit setup, press f3.

    That is as far as in getting , does that mean that the file is missing from the usb stick ?

    Thanks for your help in this so far .

  25. Tanmay :

    This problem is happening at the time of usb stick processing procedure.Either the source file is corrupted or having problem when copying the files from the CD drive (if you are copying directly from there ). My suggestion is to try to arrange a fresh copy of XP and also use a good CD/DVD drive.

  26. ALOK SINGH :

    hi..i used ur method 3-4 times to install winXP2 in my laptop (HP 530) BY 1 GB pendrive.

    whn blue screen viewed , i clicked “TEXT MODE”, Than its works properly i.e.- formating, copeing, restarting. but when it restart & i pressed GUI MODE’ it shows error ” WINDOWS ROOT> SYSTEM32/HAL.DLL IS MISSING OR CURROPT PLS RE INSTALL.

    BUT whn i tried this to another laptop it works & successfully installed the windows.

    one thing more . before this i had widows 7 os installed in my laptop.

    i checked everything the solution that u have said before to another applicant but anable to get installed win xp in my lappy .

    so plss help me to solve this problem…its very urgent,
    hope u understand

  27. Tanmay :

    Follow this: . it is totally bug free, the procedure is exactly similar with installing xp from a CD drive. Do not mix it with other blogs; may be their process is different.

    Reformat the pen drive as usual from the right click menu. No problem.

  28. Rahul :

    Okay thnx. I have one more question. I have downloaded XP Professional Service Pack 3 from internet. But it is an Image file that is, the format of the file is .iso I know that we have to mount or burn to use this types of Files. When i double click on it, it opens Nero and prompts me to burn a CD. But i just wanna ask whether it will make the CD bootable or not?? Should i burn the disc directly by double clicking on the image file or should i mount the image file first and then Make a bootable CD from the Nero menu ???
    Plz suggest me the correct method.

  29. Rahul :

    Thanx again.
    But the problem is that i have a laptop with Windows 7 installed and i have read in the above comments that this method doesn’t work with window 7. So what do you suggest should i use WinToFlash now ??
    And i one more question, after making the pendrive bootable with WinToFlash. Will the rest of the process of installing Windows Xp will remain same or will it change ????

  30. Tanmay :

    Rahul: Every thing has been described well enough into the articles. Please do read them carefully.

  31. veerappan :

    hi tanmay,
    this is wat i got while installing wat shall i do now

    “Setup cannot access the cd containing the win xp installation files

    To retry ,press Enter .If you are not successful after several times,quit setup.Then to restart setup,copy the windows xp installation files from the hard disk”

    Plzzzzzzzzzz help me wat shall i do now its urgent

  32. Tanmay :

    It seems that the CD from where you are creating the USb, is not working properly. This may happen for several reason. One of the reason is the virus. If your computer has any virus then they also use those files. So try in a virus free computer. otherwise you have to replace the installation CD and arrange a different one.

  33. kaush :

    hey friend i have installed with this method but i got a message of corrupt os after ntfs or no change option…..
    what am i do now…?
    i use all oprating(newely installed) and more pen drive of 4 gB..
    tell me plz imiddiatly

  34. m.rdgz :

    hi.i follow the instructions in cmd but in step #3…bootsect /nt52 I: enter…i get the follow message…could not map drive I. to an associated volume object device.what i can do in this case.thanks you.

  35. simon :

    hello,

    i am trying to reinstall windows Xp on my mini compaq cq10-120ca, i have followed your tutorial but now this is what is happenning when i try to boot it up and install xp with the usb device:

    it say:

    a problem as been detected and windows has been shut to prevent damage to your computer.

    if this is the first time you’ve seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. if this screen appears again, follow these steps:

    check for viruses on your computer. remove any newly installed hard drives or hard dives contollers. check your hard drive to make sure it is propely configured and terminated. run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

    technical information:

    *** stop: 0x0000007B (0xf7a22524, 0×00000034, 0×00000000, 0×00000000)

    i don’t know what to do, i have restarted it and it shows the same error message, and i don’t know how to check the CHKDSK thing!

    thanks for your help!!!

  36. cosmin :

    Setup cannot access CD containing the Windows XP Installation files.

    To retry, press ENTER. If you are not successful after several tries,
    quit Setup. Then, to restart Setup, copy the Windows XP installation files
    to your hard disk.

    To quit Setup, press F3.

    what to do next?..please help

  37. Harry :

    hiii…completed 1st part and when try to run “petousb” part 2nd…2 times yes yes and then got error while formating after 50%….”Format Ex Error{11}:an error occurred formating the drive”.
    i am using new pen drive and it is 8GB drive…whts wrong with it ?

  38. noor :

    i did every single part but the problem is the same “remove ur media ” that what my laptop shows when i want to boot from the flash
    and i did the sitting from the bios and the same

  39. Ron Goter :

    I got xp installed and working, but I cannot load it without the flash drive. My boot.ini reads as follows:
    [boot loeader]
    timeout -30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS=”Midrosoft Windows XP Professional” /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

    Any suggestions to remedy this would be greatly appreciated. Ron

  40. meraz :

    i have tried the above method but i had win 7 as os.after reading the posts i can understand that it does not work.ok im using win 7 in laptop asus eee pc r101 i want to install xp if i follow the above instructions on an xp os the can it be useful.then can in install xp on win 7 plz suggest

  41. Tanmay :

    @Meraz: Following the steps above on a XP installed PC you can make any USB drive bootable with Windows XP i.e you can install now XP from that USB drive in any computer that supports USB booting (almost all modern computer do that.

    Now if you try ti install windows XP from that USB or any other media like Bootable CD on computer that is already installed with Windows 7 or any version later of XP, you need to first format the installed drive as you can not install over a latest version of Windows. But the opposite is true. That is you can install Windows 7 after installing Windows XP.

    In this situation you can install Windows XP by formatting the Windows 7 drive with your USB drive that you make for installation. Later install Windows 7 on that computer in another derive. If you want to use your USB drive to install Windows 7 then you can follow this article: http://www.oxhow.com/install-windows-7-from-usb-flash-drive-without-software/

    Hope I could describe things properly.

  42. Ron :

    But how do I get my newly installed XP to boot from the laptop hard drive? It now requires the flash drive to boot and without the flash drive in, it says “No Operating System Found.”

  43. Ron Goter :

    Have been doing so with no success. With or without the flash drive in, the sytem loops back to the opening bios option screen 4 times: Without the flash drive, then get “No Operating System Found.” With flash drive in (after the 4 loops), it goes to the screen where I choose either TXT or GUI, with GUI being the default. When I go to device manager, the flash drive shows up under the cd/dvd player. Mightmy disk ID’s been changed? Just cannot figure this out. Thanks for any input here. Ron

  44. meraz :

    hi tanmay thanks i tried the above steps in xp os and i was succesful but the only thing went wrong was my laptop is from saudi arabia thus it gave an option to restore my previous version of xp in arabic so i accepted it n the xp with arabic language is installed as i dnt knw arabic.now i tried to change display language from regional language but only the writing language changed to english not the display language now if u dnt mind can u tell a diff way to change display language without formatting .again thanks a lot…
    P.S.for new users read the above aricle carefully n do it step by step as mentioned above then no problem will arise cause i have done the same

  45. Ron Goter :

    How do I get the boot to recognize the operating system on C (Hard drive), after installing XP on it? Thanks Ron

  46. Tanmay :

    Puja: First make sure that the source Disk of Windows XP is not corrupted and your CD drive is reading the data from it properly (in the computer where you preparing your USB disk). Also make sure that you have followed every step properly without any error.

    You can find in this comment section, many of the users have successfully made their USB drive bootable to install Windows XP, where some people did not. So it is impossible to say exactly what is happening with you. But the method is 100 percent perfect and I still use this for installing XP in my own laptop.

    However, you can give this a try: http://www.oxhow.com/create-multiboot-usb-drive-install-windows-7-xp-from-same-usb-drive/

    What about your USB drive’s health is just don’t worry about that. 3-5 formatting won’t spoil your pen drive.

  47. puja :

    i installed xp on my laptop using sata drive used sata to usb converter cable and installed xp from external drive.thanx ya for reply

  48. Jon :

    Hi Tanmay,
    I followed your directions to the letter successfully only substituting drive letters where necessary to continue, I entered the bios and set my lexmark 4g usb stick to 1st boot source. When the computer reboots it tries to boot from usb stick but all I see is the letter j followed by a flashing cursor in the top left hand corner. Incidentally the drive letter of this stick is also J: Furthermore I also tried Part 1 of this article first before trying this part with exactly the same result just a j followed by a flashing cursor in the top left hand corner. Please help me, I have an Advent 7060 laptop that will not start just keep booting over and over normal and safe, the CD/DVD Drive has failed so I can not boot from CD, I even took the drive out and loaded I386 to the drive in another computer but cannot access it because I can not get to the command prompt, I know if I could access the recovery console I could repair the boot sector etc. Thanks – Jon.

  49. Mohsin :

    Whenever i use PetoUsb,it comes till half and says enable to format.And after using the usb as a bootable drive,would it roll back to as a normal usb by formating it?

  50. Jon :

    Hi Tanmay, Thanks for your reply but my USB drive is brand new never used until now and before I started this process I removed the drive from my laptop and installed it into my desktop and virus scanned the drive completely cleaning it before placing back in the laptop to try this process, so it can not be either, why do I have the letter J followed by a flashing cursor and nothing else. Thanks – Jon.

  51. Tanmay :

    Sorry Jon!! Actually I forgot to mention. I said Mohsin’s usb drive may be with some problem.

    What about your problem is that your computer from which you are creating the bootable USB is virus effected(most probably).

  52. Jon :

    Hi Tanmay, Absolutely not, I am very careful and thorough with this desktop, it is my Server for all the other computers in my network and consequently it is scanned daily by several different programs including AVG 2011, Spyware Doctor, Registry Mechanic, etc to make sure this unit remains clean. I need this USB Boot to work as this is the only way I can fix my laptop, please read my entries further up to see what my problems are. I appreciate your help. Thanks – Jon.

  53. sulasno :

    after creating the bootable USB, can I copy the contents to another USB stick or do I need the whole process ?

  54. Shijin :

    Am using samsung netbook, I have already installed win 7 ultimate. Could you plez let me know whether I can downgrade to win XP by the same procedure?

  55. Shijin :

    Am using samsung netbook, I have already installed win 7 ultimate. Could you plese let me know whether I can downgrade to win XP by the above procedure discussed?

  56. Shijin :

    I tried but after entering usb_prep8 I’m getting an error message that “usb_prep8 is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file”. Can you please help me for this?

  57. Tanmay :

    Shijin: Nope! You can’t install the earlier version of Windows on a computer which has already the latest version.

    Note carefully, you need to run the above method in a computer with Windows XP.

    If you still want to create the bootable XP USB drive from the Windows 7 installed computer, check it out: http://www.oxhow.com/create-multiboot-usb-drive-install-windows-7-xp-from-same-usb-drive/

  58. Kwesi :

    Thank you for the write up. I followed all the instructions but when i try to load from the USB i get this error message: File $WIN_NT$.~BTbiosinfo.inf could not be loaded. The error code is 14. Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit. Can you help with this error. Thanks for all your help.

  59. Shijin :

    Thank you Tanmay, I have installed Win XP in my samsung netbook successfully using pendrive. Now I’m getting a message to activate Windows, Actually I don’t want to activate, Is there any option to skip without activating? I think if we delete some files, we wont get that message, Could you please let me know the files to delete so that I can continue to use win XP without activation. Now I’m getting the message that “25 days left to activate”.

  60. fyrb0t :

    Tanmay thank you for this method but it is not complete………

    everybody, guys,
    listen up i found a way to address the problem that after successful install of WinXP you still have to boot your netbook with the usb stick in!(it seems like a netbook problem). after successful installation and boot finish, return usb stick to normal computer with CDDVD and start the XP_FROM_USB procedure again…. but when you get to “Would you like USB-stick to be preferred Boot Drive U……………….”

    Click “NO”.
    Then Continue as normal to the end.

    Load WinXP again like you did before but at first setup screen where it says “Please select the operating system to start”, select 1. Txt Mode setup Windows XP…

    It will start again but when it stops at the first blue screen asking you to press Enter to install Win XP, dont do that, select RecoveryRepair by pressing R on your keyboard. Then it will run and repair your master boot record. wait for all Win XP to install again. Then click on ‘Safely Remove Hardware’, let it stop the usb stick then remove it. Switch off your computer, wait 5 minutes, switch on again and it will boot without asking for the USB.

    …that is what i found.

  61. Jack :

    Hi I tried following all the methods and I cant see any of my C: partition. Only I’m able to see is (U: Partition 1)then i contionue until i got message saying U: is corrupted and cannnot repaired.

    Pls help

  62. fyrb0t :

    jack….
    you have to start all over again. this method is good but difficult, you just keep trying until it works. there are slight diferences in BIOS and hardware installed that is why people are getting differing results.

    if you previously had win7/vista then you must delete everything or else when you install winXP the old windows will move itself to the small partition it made, allow you to continue, then take over when you are about to start. winXP cannot control vista or win7.

  63. fyrb0t :

    jack…..
    actually you must have done a lot wrong because U: is your USB not your harddisk!! your harddisk is C: therefore I think you partitioned the flashdrive. to partion the computer, you have to start again, and follow the instructions of Part II above exactly, sorry.

  64. Jack :

    Fyrb0t thanks for the prompt reply.

    actually i just followed everything as mentioned in the step by step. What i’ve realized is, is it because my HDD is SATA and win xp has no driver to load the necessary SATA driver for the HDD during the setup process. And previous OS which i was using is XP.

    I think it could be the reason where i’m not getting the HDD.

    Any suggestion…….plz help me…thanks again Fyrb0t.

  65. Sword :

    Have yet to try the pendrive out, but for those of you who don’t have a CD/DVD rom I just wanted to suggest DAEMON lite tools, allows you to mount the ISO from a copy (or download) of your XP and use it as such. I used this method since my XP cd was so badly scratched.

  66. siddharth :

    when i restart my pc , the following error occurs:-
    “NTDLR is missing Press any key to restart ”
    and after pressing the key windows starts normally and no screen like choosing an operating system appears
    what’s the matter ?

  67. Holax :

    Hello Tanmay – Dear i’m also having Problem of hal32.dll, it says Corrupted or missing etc.

    Disc from which i copied the Windows is perfectly Fine because i tried to install windows on my other PC & CD Worked goodly, kindly give some suggestions…..

    Thank U…

  68. Danial :

    I follow the step but when I choose text-mode, the eee-lap-top pop up a message that there is no “drive”, although there are option to choose create partition, but it doesn’t work.and if i choose GUI mode, it pops up “Please re-install hal.dll at rootsystem32. and i have tried several methods, but comes out same result. I have install ubantu successfully to the eee-lap-top. is there any one can advice me how to partition the eee-laptop to install xp? thanks.

  69. Danial :

    I have a ee-laptop. I don’t have a xp cd but a copy of that. I tried to install a ME before install xp, but the ME cd can’t recognize dvd drive, so there is no drive. and I can’t install a ME even. However, I managed to partition only 1G out of 250G. and format it to FAT. I stuck there. then I try to install xp through USB drive. But when I try to boot up the eee-laptop, it opops up either no drive in text mode or “re-instal lhal.dll”. I was stuck. Please advice me how? thanks.

  70. Tanmay :

    Sorry Danial, I overlooked your previous comment. If you are getting such message that there is no drive in your computer, then you should disable the SATA native mode from the BIOS setup. then try reinstalling from the usb drive and of-course start TXT mode first.

  71. Holax :

    Hello Danial

    Dear, go to some Internet Cafe or some friend’s home & Insert Win XP Cd in his CD ROM

    right click & open the cd & copy All the files in some folder suppose u created folder in My Documents, create folder named as Win XP & then Paste all things in that Folder

    now just follow above steps, i tried and hal.dll problem Solved ;)

    Enjoy!

  72. Danial :

    hi guys, thanks for the response. I have checked the BIOS but there is not a option for sata setting. I have tried to use MULTIBOOT and other software to install xp, but get the same result, it ask either NO DRIVE in text mode or RE-INSTALL DAL.DLL in seconde part of installation. I read quite some from the forum, and try to follow, but still stuck. Please help me. Thanks again.

  73. Danial :

    Dear Tanmay, I have tried your method step by step, and I got that USB drive. but still stuck at the the process. when I choose to install in text mode, the machine load some files to the eee-laptop, and it shows WINDOWS IS STARTING UP, but then hang, and most of the time pops up message of no drive, or PRESS [S] FOR SPECIFY A DRIVE, OR PRESS ENTER FOR NOT SURE. Can you help me? thank you..

  74. Tanmay :

    Danial: It is not the problem of the USB drive from where you are installing Windows XP. After reading the comments from you, I can guess that the problem is with your hardware. The new laptops are enabled with Sata drive, But XP does not have the hard disk driver in itself. That is why you can install UBUNTU as it comes with all the necessary drivers in its installation file. If you try to install Windows 7, you can do that without performing any BIOS setup. But to install Windows XP, you must have to disable native sata mode from the BIOS. You should find this in BIOS under Disk management or something like that. I can not tell you the exact path of disabling SATA native mode in your BIOS as it differs computer to computer. Try again to find out that. Also try to find that in your manufacturer website.

  75. Md. Amjad Hossain :

    I have followed the method which you described clearly and I became able to make a bootable pen drive ( 4gb). After that I tried to setup windows xp in samsung netbook and c: drive was deleted but can not be copied windows. It says,” set up can not find …. file. If I retry, then again it says,” set up can not find ….. Plesse give me a easy solution to solve the problem

  76. shiv :

    Hi Tanmay,

    I followed all the steps mentioned above, and i am able to get a screen where in i deleted some old paritions and selected a partion to install the XP. So it formated the partition and afterwards ,got an message saying ‘couldn’t locate the windows XP Source can’t access CDROM’ Press enter to retry OR F3 to quit ‘

    So why it’s not recognizing the USB Drive as source after formating the partition ?

    Any pointers would be helpful.

    Thanks
    SHIV

  77. treba :

    Do I need a product key before I can use the Windows?

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