In this How-To we describe how you can make a bootable USB stick for the installation of Windows XP. This is not only very useful for netbook users, but also for users of computers without a CD drive. We show here only the part where you create a Windows XP bootable USB. If desired, you can, of course, choose to add other options to the stick, such as Linux, UBCD4WIN or Service Pack.
Before you start
To do this you need a 1 or 2 GB USB stick with the official CD with Windows XPin the desired version. Your computer needs a CD drive and a USB port to create the installation USB stick. Windows XP bootable USB download is a useful option for this. Your USB stick must also be bootable. It must be possible to start your computer from your USB stick (check in the BIOS). Your stick must be fast enough to prevent delays while installing Windows XP.
How to make Windows XP bootable USB
- Download Windows XP setup. After downloading, start the installation of the program and follow the instructions (except the creation of a folder). When the installation is finished, the program starts automatically.
- Then insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive of your computer and click Browse. In this window, enter the destination path on the PC and select the CD-ROM drive containing your Windows XP CD and click OK.
- Click on Refresh and go to the arrow directly on the left and select the USB stick that you will use to boot XP. Select Fixed. Click on Go. Wait until copying is finished. Then close the program.
We will now install XP. The procedure is fairly simple. First, insert your USB stick in your netbook and go to the BIOS. Set the BIOS parameters in such a way that your PC can be booted from a USB stick. Save the changes and restart the PC. You will then see two lines of the GRUB menu. With the first, you can start the installation. The second line is for the continuation of the installation and also for starting Windows XP for the first time. So, you have to boot on the USB stick until the installation of Windows XP is complete. Follow the instructions for installing on, just like with a normal installation. Windows XP is now installed on your USB stick.
Download Windows XP setup. After downloading, start the installation of the program and follow the instructions (except the creation of a folder). Click at the end of the installation on the XP setup USB icon on your desktop.
In the first field, choose the folder that contains the XP installation files (usually that is the CD drive). Select your USB stick in the second field. Click on Refresh if it is not yet displayed. Make sure the Removable option is selected. Click on bold> RMPrepUSB </bold>. Choose NTFS and then Boot as HDD (2PTNS).
Select for XP Bootable (NTDLR) and then click on Prepare Drive to format the Windows XP bootable USB tool. Click OK to start formatting the stick.
The USB stick has now been formatted. Click on Exit to return to the XP setup USB screen. Click Browse and choose the path of the Windows XP installation CD. Select your USB stick in USB Disk Selection (click Refresh if it is not yet displayed). In the Force Target disk type, select Removable. Click Go to start copying to the USB stick.
At the end you will be notified in English that you have to restart your USB stick twice: not only in text mode (First Part or Windows XP setup) but also in graphical mode (First Part or Windows XP setup). When the installation is done in graphics mode, you can pull out your stick and start the computer from the hard drive.
First, insert your make Windows XP bootable USB in your computer and go to the BIOS. Set the BIOS parameters so that your computer can be started from a USB stick. Save the changes and restart the PC. Select Enter in the boot loader (GRUB4DOS). Use the arrow keys to select the first part of the installation (First Part or Windows XP setup) and confirm with the Enter key.
After copying the files, start again from the USB stick and select the second part (Second Part or Windows XP setup). Follow the installation instructions, just like a normal installation. Windows XP is now installed!