How to Make a Bootable USB Stick in Windows XP

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How to Make a Bootable USB Stick in Windows XP
USB sticks are becoming more commonplace for computers. (usb memory stick image by pmphoto from

Microsoft Windows XP has been pre-installed on many computers. Often computers don't come with a restore disc to reset everything to the original factory install. Even if they do, errors on computers can be fixed by booting the computer from outside the operating system and using a USB stick, full of utilities, to help you get past your problems. Windows XP doesn't come with a way to format a bootable USB stick out of the box, so a few steps are necessary to get things going.

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  1. 1

    Download "" and extract the file.

  2. 2

    Back up any information already on your USB stick

  3. 3

    Install the "HP USB Flash Drive Tool" by double-clicking SP27213.exe.

  4. 4

    Click "Start" and move your mouse to "Programs," then "Hewlett-Packard Company" and then click on "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool."

  5. 5

    Select "Fat" or "Fat32" depending on your needs.

  6. 6

    Click "Create a DOS start-up disk."

  7. 7

    Select "Using DOS system files located at" and click on the folder with the necessary boot files.

  8. 8

    Click "Start" and then add other files or utilities wanted on your USB stick.

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