Ever wondered how to get a XP setup CD onto a USB drive? Here’s how:
- First download and extract XP2USB (12.3MB), which contains all the tools you will need.
- Download an XP iso or create one from an XP setup CD.
- Extract the iso to a folder.
- Do steps 5-10 if using XP x64.
- If you are putting XP Pro x64 on the USB, then you will need to extract nLite.
- Run nLite.
- Click next. Locate the extracted iso folder. Click next.
- Click Drivers. Insert. Choose an INF file from the SATA64 directory.
- Use CTRL+Shift to select all the files. Hit OK.
- Click Next. Yes. After the process is finished, click next.
- Format the USB drive using NTFS or FAT16/32. (In Explorer, right click on USB drive and click format)
- Run WinSetup.
- Select correct USB drive. (The drive must be 1GB or bigger)
- Click Bootice. Process MBR and select GRUB4DOS. Install/Config. Close.
- Click Process PBR. Select NTLDR boot record. Install/Config. Close. Exit.
- In WinSetup, check Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup. Browse for the XP setup folder.
- Click GO. After finished, exit program.
You now have a bootable XP USB drive.
Optional – If you installed XP as a dual boot operating system, and you installed it after Vista or 7, then you will need to have a boot menu that shows both operating systems:
- Install EasyBCD from XP2USB archive.
- Use EasyBCD to add and edit entries in the boot file.
- Save settings.
- Restart and you should have the updated boot menu list.