Sunday, November 06, 2011

Install Microsoft Windows XP from a USB drive

The following guide allows you to install Windows XP from a USB flash drive. This is useful if the installation system does not have a CD-ROM or DVD drive. The installation system must support the capability to boot from a USB drive. If you are unsure, check the BIOS settings as well as your computer/motherboard manual. You will need the following.
  • The Windows XP CD
  • A USB flash drive
  • WinToFlash (webpage)
  • A build system with a CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • An installation system that can boot from a USB flash drive
On the build system, insert the Windows XP CD and plug in the USB flash drive. Extract the WinToFlash package, run WinToFlash, and follow the instructions. After the process completes, remove the USB flash drive and plug it into the installation system. Boot from the USB flash drive. If the boot from the USB flash drive is successful, you will be prompted with a list of options. Select the following option to proceed with the installation of Windows XP on the target system. Note, this option is not highlighted by default.
1st, text mode setup (Boot from flash again after finished)
On subsequent boots, the following option should be selected.
2nd, GUI mode setup, continue setup + 1st start of Windows

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