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Installing Windows XP from a USB pen

Installing Windows XP from a USB pen

January 16, 2009 · Print This Article

This tutorial is designed to help those in need of installing Microsoft Windows XP on any PC that is capable of booting from a UFD (USB Flash Device)

Before you start you will need at your disposal:

1. Download & Run WinSetupFrom USB-0.1.1.

2. Complete the setup. The program will start automatically once you have finished.

3. Plug your pen drive into the computer and backup anything important from it as we are going to format it.

4. In the WinSetupFromUSB-0.1.1 window: click Refresh next the USB selection box. The USB pen you have just plugged in should now be visible in the drop down menu. Select it.

5. Insert your XP CD or mount an XP CD Image.

6. In the WinSetupFromUSB-0.1.1 window: click Browse, next to the Windows 2000/XP/2003 Source box, and navigate to the location of the XP Install CD.

7. Now click the PE2USB button.

8. Now Tick the Enable Disk Format box under Format Options and Tick Quick Format and Enable LBA (FAT16X). Also make sure that Enable File Copy is not ticked.

9. Click Start. Click Yes when the pop up asks if you wish to continue. Click Yes again when the pop up asks you if you are sure you wish to continue. When you get the Completed successfully message click OK and close PEtoUSB.

10. In the WinSetupFromUSB-0.1.1 window: Click GO. The Program will now create a bootable windows XP install on your USB pen drive.

11. Click agree to the “SYSINTERNALS SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS” pop up.

12. Click OK to the “This is Important” pop up.

13. The creation process is now complete: Take the newly formatted USB Pen and place it in the USB port of the target computer and turn it on.

NOTE: You must now read carefully what pops up on the screen as it will provide you with the hot-key (keyboard shortcut key) that, when pressed, triggers access to the BIOS. It is usually something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape.

14. Navigate the BIOS with the keyboard and find the section that contains your boot devices. With your USB drive plugged in, the USB drive should be listed. If it isn’t, your system might not support booting from USB.

15. Assuming that it is supported (as is the case with virtually all modern hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot device.

16. Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving all changes.

17. The computer will now reboot. Assuming that you have successfully compiled the bootable USB XP install and that you have successfully selected the USB device to be booted first in the bios a screen should appear which reads Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup – First and Second Parts . Press Enter. You will now be presented with 2 options. Select Option 1 (first part) for the first stage of the installation process.

18. When the first stage setup completes and system reboots select Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup – First and Second Parts, then Option 2 (second part) for the second stage of the setup.



How to install from USB- WinSetupFromUSB with GUI, Lets try to make it easy for everyone…

Install Windows Vista from a USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Connect the USB flash drive and make sure that you know its address. In order to find this out, just type “list disk” after you run CMD.exe. The USB flash drive will have an address like this “disk 1”, but we will continue to refer to it as “disc x” where “x” is the number of the drive on your computer. You will now need to enter the following commands: 1. diskpart
2. select disk 1
3. clean
4. create partition primary
5. select partition 1
6. active
7. format fs=fat32
8. assign
9. exitUsing “xcopy d:*.* /s/e/f e:”, simply copy the entire content of the Windows Vista DVD on the flash drive. Boot the computer from the USB drive and simply install Windows Vista.
NOW you can try another command also, instead of 9th step try the following.

Make It Bootable!

The format step may take a little while (it actually took about 30 minutes on my machine). When you’re done, put in your installation DVD if you haven’t already. Note down which drive letter your USB disk and Windows installation DVD are located at.

usb installation disc

Go back to your command prompt and type – assuming D: is your DVD drive with the install DVD, and U: is your USB drive:


This will basically make your USB drive bootable.

usb installation disc

Copy Everything

The final step can be done from My Computer. Just open up the installation DVD, highlight everything, and drag it over to your USB drive.

usb installation disc

This will also take a while.

usb installation disk windows 7

Now you should be all set – just insert the USB disk into your new PC, and enter the BIOS to adjust the boot order, or choose the option during start up which says Choose Boot Device.

There is another option to create bootable USB pen drive from ISO image.


Download here:

To ‘burn’ an ISO image to the USB flash drive, follow these instructions:

  1. Install it as you would any other application.
  2. Load UNetbootin from your start menu.
  3. Select the Disk Image (second option down).
  4. Select ISO from the drop down.
  5. Click the three periods to browse for an ISO image.
  6. Make sure the Type is set to USB drive and the letter corresponds correctly.
  7. Click OK.
  8. The process will take a while, so grab a cup of tea!