Windows XP can be installed from a USB key.
This may be required if the optical drive is not working
on the PC or if the user has a netbook.
Then, Windows XP can be required to be booted from a USB
flash drive. For this, a bootable USB key
must be created. This process requires certain requirements like a USB key with a capacity of 1 or 2 GB, an official CD of the Windows OS, WinSetupFromUSB
software and a PC with both a USB key and a CD ROM drive. Additionally, the key must be fast to avoid interruptions during the installation procedure and most importantly the configuration of the system must accept the boot on the USB key
. Once XP is downloaded, the user can proceed to install the XP with this key.
This tip explains how to create a key with Windows XP without addons but know that many options are available such as adding Linux UBCD4WIN or Service Pack.
Being able to boot Windows from a USB memory stick can be very useful, especially if using Netbook or a PC that does not have a CD/DVD drive
Creating your bootable USB key:
First of all, you will need:
You need to make sure that:
- Your USB key is bootable
- Your machine allows you to boot from your USB key (check the BIOS)
- Your key is fast enough to avoid delays during installation of the OS
Once downloaded, run the installation software and follow the installation wizard. At the very end of the installation, the software will launch.
- Insert your Windows XP CD into the CD ROM drive and click Browse
- Enter the destination path on the PC
- Select your CD ROM with the Windows XP in and click OK
- Click Refresh and then go to the small arrow just to the left and select the USB key that you used to boot XP
- Select Fixed
- Ciick Go to begin the procedure
- Once the process is complete, close the program
Installing Windows XP:
- Connect the USB key to your computer and enter the BIOS
- Set your BIOS to boot the PC from the USB key
- Once done, save and restart your PC
- Here, you'll have two lines in the GRUB menu
- The first is to select the startup of the installation procedure
- The second line will be for the rest of the installation and the first boot of Windows XP
- Therefore boot on the USB key until Windows XP is fully installed
- Follow the installation instructions as for a normal installation