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    Lightbulb [TUT] Installing Windows XP Using A USB Flash Drive (Easy Steps)

    Anyway, as with all guides, you have to realize that there is a certain amount of risk involved with the procedures I am about to give you details for and that you use this guide at your own risk; I will not be held accountable for any damages done to your hardware if something should go wrong. It will involve the use of the command prompt and it has the possibility of damaging your flash drive. Although I believe that the chances of that happening are quite slim, there is always the possibility, so I thought I would warn you before you decide if you’re going to use my guide. Now with the pleasantries out of the way, let’s get down to business. There is some preparation needed before we can start this procedure. First off you need to make sure you have the following available to you:

    1. An unmodified, legal copy of Windows XP Home or XP Professional
    2. USB memory stick (2 GB recommended - 1 GB minimum)
    3. A motherboard that is capable of booting from a USB drive (check your motherboard manual if not sure)

    As long as you have all three points above met, then you are ready to start. Just so you know, in this process your USB flash drive will be formatted, so do not use a USB that contains data vital to you. As for a motherboard that is capable of booting from a USB drive, most modern motherboards offer this as a standard feature. If your motherboard is less than two years old, chances are that the motherboard you have supports this feature.

    Okay, now we have made sure that your computer is capable of installing XP from a USB disk. The next thing we need to do is to download and extract three tools that are going to help us in this procedure. You can find download links to these files below:

    1. [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.]
    2. [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.]
    3. [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.]

    I suggest you download these files directly to the root of your hard drive. In other words save them to a folder on the same drive that contains your operating system — for most people this will be the C: drive. Once they are all downloaded, go ahead and extract PEtoUSB and USB_Prep8 to separate folders. Once this is done you should take the contents of the PEtoUSB folder and copy them into the USB_Prep8 folder. Once this is done, you should go back to the root of your drive and extract Bootsect to the root of the drive (program files and Windows folder is stored in this area). We do not need to worry about the Bootsect program for now, however that is simply preparation for later. And as another matter of preparation I suggest you insert your Windows XP CD, create a folder on the root of your drive, name it XP, and then copy the contents of your Windows XP CD into that folder as you will need these files soon.



    Okay, now that all the preparation is out of the way, we’ll start the process. It will take on average about 20-25 minutes to complete this process depending, of course, on the speed of your PC and of the USB stick you are going to be using. I must warn you now that you should NOT close any of the windows generated by the programs I am showing you how to use until you reach the point in this guide when I tell you to do so. This is quite important because, if you happen to close any of the following windows, it is possible that you can screw up the procedure and you will have to start again. With that out of the way, as long as you follow the instructions below, everything will run smoothly.

    1. Go into the folder named USB_Prep8 and double-click the following: (usb_prep8.cmd)
    2. Make sure you select the newly created command prompt window and click any key to continue



    3. A new program is started (PeToUSB). Do not change any of the settings; just click start and let it run



    4. Once PeToUSB is finished, DO NOT CLOSE any of the windows the program created
    5. Go to your start menu and click run if you’re using the classic start menu
    6. Enter the following command into your run window: (CMD)]
    7. Once you have run that command, a new window will appear with the words command prompt
    8. Provided that you have used the file setup I suggested, input the following: ( cd \bootsect )
    9. Type in the following: ( bootsect /nt52 R: ) Replace R with the drive letter of your USB drive
    10. You will see the message (Bootcode was successfully updated on targeted volume) if it worked right
    11. You may NOW close all the windows except for the window that was created when you ran USB_Prep8
    12. Providing you closed all the right windows, the USB_Prep8 Window will now contain seven options



    13. Press 1 on your keyboard — this will bring up a window. Locate your XP folder and highlight it. Click OK
    14. Press 2 on your keyboard — the program will ask for a unused drive letter (example: T or Z)
    15. Press 3 on your keyboard — the program will ask for your USB Stick drive letter; enter it now.
    16. Press 4 on your keyboard to start the USB_Prep8 process
    17. The program will ask you if it is OK to format a drive contained in the letter you gave in #14; click yes
    18. The program will start to copy the needed files; be patient
    19. The program will then ask you if you wish to copy these files to the USB stick; click yes.
    20. Finally, once it has finished copying the files, it will ask you if you want to make the stick the preferred boot drive. Click yes, after which it will ask if you wish to un-mount the USB stick. Click yes

    And that’s all there is to it. The USB flash drive is now ready to install XP to any hardware that is supported by the Windows XP CD. However there are some minor differences to installing Windows XP this way than if you would with an optical drive, which I am going to go into. Of course, as I have said before, the speed at which Windows XP installs is MUCH faster when installing using a USB stick than if you were using an optical drive (CD/DVD). But the speed comes at the price of you needing to pay a little more attention to the install itself. Now from this point on, I am going to assume that your motherboard does in fact support booting from USB and that you have gone into your BIOS and have set the USB flash drive as the first drive to be booted from (make sure the flash drive is connected before you turn power on — it helps). I cannot give a generic answer to where that option is in your BIOS; I suggest you look up in your motherboard’s documentation.

    Providing it boots from the USB flash drive, you will now be shown two options. One with the words GUI and one with the words Text Mode. Choose the Text Mode option first. Now you will see what you normally would see during a CD install of XP. Just follow the on-screen instructions as always. One note is that, if you need to create a new partition for your new Windows XP installation, once the partition is fully formatted, instantly turn off the PC as the install will need to be restarted so the flash drive can recognize the layout of your partitions correctly. Follow the instructions below:

    1. Create a new partition and format it as normal
    2. Once the partition is formatted, restart your PC and when the options come up again choose Text Mode
    3. Highlight the newly formatted partition, press enter, move down to make no changes, and press enter

    Okay, now after that all goes through and the PC restarts, simply chose the GUI option on the menu and let the Windows XP install go along as it would normally do. I must advise that you DO NOT REMOVE the USB stick until you’re actually past the setup stage. Once you have just booted into Windows XP for the first time, you can go ahead and remove the USB stick. Congratulations! You have just installed Windows XP without the need for a CD/DVD drive.

    The benefits of installing from USB are plentiful and, providing you take the time to follow the instructions above, you need never worry about scratching your Windows XP CD again. I hope that the time I spent writing this guide will help you all to decrease the amount of time you spend having to install Windows XP when you have to. Peace!



    Last edited by shandro; 20th May 2009 at 16:22. Reason: to make it easy

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    tamang-tama 'to sa isang laptop ko sira yung cd-rom...

    susubukan ko 'to hehehe...


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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    kuya kelangan po ba isa lang ang gagawing partion? hindi pwedeng dalwa patition ko tas isa lang ifoformat ko at dun ko iinstall yung Windows XP? kasi marami po akong buckups sa isa pang partition hehehe.

    eto po yung msg...
    "From this point on it is just like any other windows XP installation delete/recreate the primary partition on your pc and format it using NTFS. Make sure you delete ALL partitions and recreate a single partition or you will get the hal.dll error message."
    Last edited by mjkyuroiz; 24th Feb 2009 at 17:43.

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    On the startup menu you have two options, select option number 2 for text mode setup.

    From this point on it is just like any other windows XP installation delete/recreate the primary partition on your pc and format it using NTFS. Make sure you delete ALL partitions and recreate a single partition or you will get the hal.dll error message.



    same here bro!!!dyan ako nag kaka publema sa partition eh..cannot access HDD.then yung USB memory stick lang ang my access sa partition window.. hindi naman pwede dun mag copy yung bootable kasi dun nakasave yung XP installer..bat kaya gnun hindi ma access yung HDD ko not compatible wala naman ako naging publema sa pag create ng bootable usb installer.sinunod ko naman lahat ng instruction m. panu ngyn ako makakagawa ng partition..pa help again boss shandro kaw lang ang pag asa namin..hehe hoping for your help salamat ng mrmi sayo ha


    post ako creen shot pag may time nasa work ako weh!!!thanks
    Last edited by paopao082686; 24th Feb 2009 at 18:11.

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    @paopao082686
    bro nakagawa kana ng bootable na usb na meron WinXP? try mo iboot then piliin mo yung text mode setup. tingin ko pwede naman dun magformat at mag-install ng windows. kasi nakita ko at parehas nga nung nasa CD ko. ano yung cannot access HDD na prob mo bro? pati yung USB Memory Stick lang ang may access sa partition window. di ko magetz hehehe. problem ko lang hanggang isang partition lang ang pwedeng gawin at kelangan delete ALL partition pa! pano naman yung mga buckups natin sa kabilang partition or pangalwang partition.

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by mjkyuroiz [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.]
    @paopao082686
    bro nakagawa kana ng bootable na usb na meron WinXP? try mo iboot then piliin mo yung text mode setup. tingin ko pwede naman dun magformat at mag-install ng windows. kasi nakita ko at parehas nga nung nasa CD ko. ano yung cannot access HDD na prob mo bro? pati yung USB Memory Stick lang ang may access sa partition window. di ko magetz hehehe. problem ko lang hanggang isang partition lang ang pwedeng gawin at kelangan delete ALL partition pa! pano naman yung mga buckups natin sa kabilang partition or pangalwang partition.

    @mjkyuroiz
    yap nakagawa nako.panu ba iboot sa text mode set up.dq alam hehe.paturo..about dun sa hdd ko.andun na ung step s create/delete partition diba gagawa nako ng new patition para dun mag copy yung XP installer ang publama cannot access HDD ngayon panu ako gagawa ng new partition kung hindi ma access yung HDD ko.post ako screen shot salamat sa reply mo mjkyuroiz.san na si shandro???hehe

    paturo nung text mode set up ha,,
    Last edited by paopao082686; 24th Feb 2009 at 18:23.

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    @paopao082686
    ahm kuya after mo i-boot sa USB mo piliin mo lang yung pangalwang option. 1. text mode yata yun hehehe. ahm dun na pala prob mo sa pag-install na sa partion mo ng windows. ayoko pa kasi i-format pc ko hehehe dami pa unsaved kaya di ko pa natry mag-install ng windows gamit to. tanging solusyon ehh kasagutan ni kuya Shandro hehehe. yung author nitong thread.

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by mjkyuroiz [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.]
    @paopao082686
    ahm kuya after mo i-boot sa USB mo piliin mo lang yung pangalwang option. 1. text mode yata yun hehehe. ahm dun na pala prob mo sa pag-install na sa partion mo ng windows. ayoko pa kasi i-format pc ko hehehe dami pa unsaved kaya di ko pa natry mag-install ng windows gamit to. tanging solusyon ehh kasagutan ni kuya Shandro hehehe. yung author nitong thread.
    kung gusto mong isave ung mga back up files mo sa isa mo pang partition... use partition magic. or clone ISO na applications...

    kung gusto mo nmang iformat ung isa lng. Use the Service Pack CD... kc ito irere-install nya lng ung mga cpied files nung nag-install ka noon....

    if you make another partition tpos un ang format mo gamit to. wla syang copied files na galing dati sa CD mo. d mo mafoformat... kaya i suggest use the Service Pack ung CD..
    Last edited by shandro; 24th Feb 2009 at 21:59.

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    ay sayang po pala. di ko rin magagamit, dami ko kasing buckup files. sira po kasi DVD-ROM ko pag CD ang nakasalpak, ayaw maread ng CD pero pag DVD nareread nya. eh kuya tanong po. ok po ba to gamitin ung usb na may windows if wala ka nang choice, wala ka nang mahiraman ng CD at sira CD-ROM mo.

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    Default Re: [TUT] Install Windows XP Using USB flash drive.

    Thanks for the share,very nice info talaga.

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