How to Install Windows XP USB Edition

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How to Install Windows XP USB Edition
A USB flash drive is needed for this task. (USB Flash image by Andruxa from Fotolia.com)

Windows XP is a versatile operating system that can meet the needs of all types of computer users, ranging from the computer gamer to the everyday casual Internet user. This operating software first released in August 2001 continues to be one of the most popular pieces of software from Microsoft. Traditionally, Windows XP has been installed through a physical CD. However, as technology advances, alternatives to installing Windows XP with a CD become available. One of the most popular alternatives is a USB flash drive.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Novicorp WinToFlash
  • Windows XP CD
  • USB Flash Drive (at least 1 GB)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download Novicorp WinToFlash (see Resources) and install it on your computer.

  2. 2

    Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD drive, and the USB flash drive into the computer.

  3. 3

    Installing WinToFlash should result in a WinToFlash shortcut to your desktop. Double-click that shortcut.

  4. 4

    An End User License Agreement agreement will pop up. Please accept the agreement.

  5. 5

    Click the big, green button.

  6. 6

    A wizard will appear. Click "Next."

  7. 7

    On the basic parameters page, select your CD and flash drive letters. (An example may be letters D: and C:.) Then click "Next."

  8. 8

    Another End User License Agreement agreement (EULA) will pop up, but this one will be a Microsoft EULA. Click "Accept."

  9. 9

    WinToSoft will now transfer the Windows XP CD files to your flash drive. Wait until this process is finished. (It will take around five to 10 minutes.)

  10. 10

    Once the process is complete, a congratulations page will appear. Click exit and you will now be able to install Windows XP on any computer with that particular USB flash drive. All you need to do is insert that flash drive on to a computer, and Windows XP will be automatically installed for you.

  1. 1

    Download USB Multiboot. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Insert the Windows XP disc and plug the USB flash drive (at least 1 GB) into your computer.

  3. 3

    USB Multiboot will come in a ZIP file. Double-click that file and move its contents to your Desktop. You should now have a USB Multiboot file on your Desktop.

  4. 4

    Go to that USB Multiboot file and double-click USB_Multiboot _10.cmd.

  5. 5

    A selection page will pop up and ask you what drive you have the Windows XP disc in. Type in the drive your XP disc is in.

  6. 6

    On the USB disk section of the selection page, select your USB flash drive.

  7. 7

    Click on "RMPrepUSB" and a format tool should pop up.

  8. 8

    Click “Format” on the format tool, and the USB flash drive will quickly be formatted.

  9. 9

    Close the format tool and the program will automatically transfer the contents of the Windows XP disc to your USB flash drive.

  10. 10

    As soon as this process is completed, you will be able to install Windows XP with that USB flash drive. You just need to insert that USB flash drive onto a computer, and the Windows XP installation will start automatically.

  1. 1

    Download FlashBoot. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Insert Windows XP installation CD and plug the USB flash drive into your computer.

  3. 3

    Double-click the Flashboot executable file and click “Next” to continue.

  4. 4

    Select "CD" > "USB" in the Main Menu.

  5. 5

    Select CD/DVD drive, and click “Next.”

  6. 6

    Pick "Convert Windows XP installation CD" from the options list and click “Next.”

  7. 7

    Choose USB flash drive as the target and click “Next.”

  8. 8

    Look at the summary information and click “Next.”

  9. 9

    Wait for the Windows XP transfer process to complete.

  10. 10

    The USB flash drive is now ready to install Windows XP on any computer. Click "OK" to exit.

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