Can I install a bootable version of Windows XP on a USB drive?

John Fahlsing April 22, 2013
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I wanted to know how to install a full, bootable working version of my Windows XP (I have a CD) on this awesome 16 GB Kodak USB Flash Drive. Its for personal use and only in case my old Dell 2400 bytes the big one. If it is possible, can all the software I have installed currently be re-installed on the USB after the Windows has finished installing?

Thank you.

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  1. Réy Aétar
    May 1, 2013 at 5:52 am

    try out Hiren's BootCD you will get a xp system that boots from anywhere

  2. Réy Aétar
    May 1, 2013 at 5:50 am

    try out hiren's boot

  3. K.V.D.Prasad
    April 28, 2013 at 2:03 am
  4. Michael Adams
    April 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm
  5. Dany Bouffard
    April 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Also you can use Hiren Boot CD and in there there is a nice Mini Windows XP you can use plus you have ton of utilities usefull to be able to diagnose computer problems if need be.

    You can also look at Sardu project.

  6. siddharth singh
    April 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    yes you can install windows xp in a bootable drive just search for win usb

  7. Justin Pot
    April 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I wrote an article about creating a Windows Boot CD, but I'm not sure it's what you want: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/create-ultimate-boot-cd-windows/

    The advantage of tools like these is that they create a version of Windows capable of running in many different environments – different processors and different hardware. It's workable.

    Keep in mind, as well, that Windows XP cannot run on a great deal of modern computers – there simply aren't drivers for it.

  8. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    The others have told you how to make one. Remember tho, to make one legally you must own the serial number, instead of using pirated version of Windows.

  9. babu vhora
    April 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Yes,you can doing that through power iso software.
    Try this:

    http://www.poweriso.com/tutorials/how-to-make-winxp-bootable-usb-drive.htm

  10. ha14
    April 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

    you can do windows xp customized with nlite
    http://www.nliteos.com/guide/

    almeza multiset
    http://www.almeza.com/

    How To Create An Unattended Windows XP Disk
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-create-an-unattended-windows-xp-disk/

    Unattended Windows Introduction
    http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/

  11. Alan Wade
    April 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Here's another link for a app that will allow this. Be sure to read all the write-up first though.
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Boot-Manager-Disk/WinUSB-Maker.shtml

  12. susendeep dutta
    April 23, 2013 at 6:16 am
  13. Uchitha Jayathissa
    April 23, 2013 at 5:50 am

    tryout pendrivelinux.com

  14. Junil Maharjan
    April 23, 2013 at 4:20 am
    • Degenerated S
      April 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

      he's asking for a bootable version like linux not usb installing

  15. null
    April 23, 2013 at 2:06 am

    you can always try http://www.komku.org/2008/11/install-windows-xp-using-usb-flash-disk.html . It will give you a step by step as to how to go through the installation.
    As for editing the windows installation. Try Nlite, its a free program.

  16. Chris Marcoe
    April 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Try this.

    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001366.htm

    Though, you might want to look into the legality of this.

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