Have u tried to follow the instructions provided by me at
If u haven't yet tried, or faced some problem in the previous attempt, please read it again at http://ccm.net/forum/affich-12733-how-to-install-windows-xp-via-pen-drive#179
as I have edited the post. Some links were not working. Sorry for the inconvenience caused, if any, due to that. And I am confident that you would definitely be able to install XP from pen drive by following the steps there. If you have any problems then ask again.
Hiren's BootCD (in particular), and Ultimate BootCD, as I have earlier suggested in my post are wonderful pieces of software which contains some really useful tools in addition to the MINI WINDOWS XP, after booting into which using pen drive or CD, you can start the Windows setup(as explained by me in the post).
But if you do not want to download 180 MB HBCD, or around 250 MB+ UBCD, here is another alternative which works equally well. But remember, I personally recommend the Hiren's BootCD method described by me in my previous post (the edited version) because I have tested this method on different hardware and it has always worked. The method I am going to mention now has been not been tested on different hardware. But it worked without problems on my two PCs and the booting time was very impressive. So use your own discretion while selecting the method. Just download these two files:
1. Windows XP USB edition from http://www.dl4all.com/software/133338-windows-xp-usb-edition-boot-windows-from-usb-stick.html
, or directly from http://rapidshare.com/files/341342852/Windows_XP_USB_Edition_-_Boot_Windows_From_USB_Stick.rar.html
2. USB_Format.zip from http://www.hiren.info/download/freeware/usb_format.zip
and follow the instructions given below.
1. Plug in your USB Flash Drive.
2. Backup your data contained in it.
3. Unzip the downloaded file no. 2 (usb_format.zip) and run usb_format.exe to
format your flash drive using USB_Format.exe as explained in step 4.
4. a) Choose Device to format (in case multiple flash drives are
currently attached to the system)
b) Choose file system
(i) FAT16 - most compatible with different hardware, but if
your flash drive is
more than 2GB, it will not work)
(ii) FAT32 - choose this if pen drive is more than 2GB
(iii) NTFS - if u like experimentation, as all pen drives may
not support NTFS
5. Check the format option: Quick format (optional).
Leave others unchecked. If u choose NTFS file format, "Enable Compression"
option is also
available. (I have been personally using NTFS formatting on one of my pen
drives which allows NTFS
format, with compression enabled option, without any problem. But I have read
that although using
NTFS improves speed, the flash drive may wear out more quickly)
6. Click on Start button.
7. Click Yes when prompted to format.
8. Wait for the format operation to complete successfully.
9. Close USB Format Tool.
10. Run LiveXP.bat. Live-USB Installer script is launched.
11. Enter 1 as choice. When prompted for LiveXP source files, type the path to the INSTALLDIR folder found in this LiveXP package.(e.g. E:\sw\Windows.XP.USB.Ed\INSTALLDIR)
12. Next, enter 2 as your choice. Provide the path to the USB flash drive
13. Then, enter 5 as your choice. From the [INSTALL] menu choose 1 and press
14. Create a new folder named XPInstall (or any other suitable name) at the
root of the pen drive.
Copy all the files from your Windows XP installation CD to it. If the CD is
somewhat old, copying
files may give you some headache as the copying process may stop abruptly at
an unknown stage if a
file copy error occurs. Specifically to avoid such situation, where you may
have to start all over
again, unstoppable copier http://www.Roadkil.net
, or TeraCopy
14. Restart your computer.
15. Go to the BIOS settings and set to boot from USB flash drive. Some systems
may detect your pen drive as USB Flash Drive, others may report it as USB ZIP Drive, USB Floppy Disk, USB Hard Disk, or Removable Disk. It depends on your system. Or simply set higher boot priority for all USB options (USB Flash Drive, USB Hard Disk, etc.) than the Hard Disk.
16. If everything goes well you will boot into a mini version of Windows XP
from your pen drive. In
case of any problems, experiment with BIOS settings. Further, you may try
plugging your pen drive
into another USB port on your system. (This has worked for me many times!)
17. After the desktop appears, click on Start > Run. Type CMD and press enter.
18. At the command prompt that appears, use CD command to change the working
directory to the one which contains the Windows XP installation files.
For example, enter this command:
CD /D G:\XPInstall\i386
(where G: is the drive letter of your flash drive in My Computer, and XPInstall is the folder
containing the Windows XP installation files. Change G: to the drive letter of
the flash drive in
19. Next, enter the following command at command prompt (without quotes):
" winnt32.exe /makelocalsource /syspart:C: /tempdrive:C: /s:. "
20. Windows XP setup will begin. Once the files have been copied, restart the
21. As the system restarts, enter the CMOS SetUp (BIOS settings) by pressing
the appropriate key repeatedly on the keyboard at required moment and change the settings to
boot from hard disk.
22. As your system reboots from hard disk, wait for the installation to follow
its course, follow the prompts, fill in the required input wherever needed as usual. You have
just installed Windows XP from your bootable pen drive! Give yourself a pat on the back!