Need help to boot Windows XP using a flash drive

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I have 4gb USB flash drive and windows xp bootable CD,

I want to boot windows xp from USB flash drive without installing it to computer hard disc,is there any way to install windows xp to flash drive and use it to boot up my computer?

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Need help to boot Windows XP using a flash drive


Hello Liza,

I have read your concern regarding Windows XP to boot using your 4GB USB flash drive. As I was reading your question, do you mean that you wanted to create a bootable USB? Is it right? Well, anyway, creating bootable USB is as easy as 1-2-3 if you follow these steps carefully.

1. Plug in the USB flash drive. Make sure that it is emptied before you start this process.

2. Open “Command Prompt” (“START” àgo to “SEARCH” àthen type “cmd” and press “ENTER”)

3. Enter these commands on the window that appears:

DISKPART -then enter.

LIST DISK -then enter and wait until finished loading

4. Once finished, enter these commands one by one.

SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number)





FORMAT FS=NTFS(Format process may take few seconds)



When done, please don’t close the window, simply minimize it.

5. Insert “Windows XP Bootable CD” which is your OS installer. Please note what drive letter is your “CD” and “USB” disk. Let’s say, “D” is the “CD” drive letter and “F” is the “USB” drive letter.

6. Then go back to command prompt and execute these remaining commands:

D:CD BOOT -then enter. (“D” is the CD drive letter)

CD BOOT -and then enter. You will see the below message. BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 F: (Where “F” is your USB drive letter)

7. Copy entire Windows XP CD contents to USB. After copying, you are done with your bootable USB drive. You can now use this as bootable disk on any computer that comes with USB boot feature.

I hope I am in the right track of understanding your concern and give you a hand to fix the problem. I hope this information is of good help.



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