How can I move the boot loader to a USB?

Fems Pogi September 10, 2011

In my dual boot (XP/Vista), all I need to “hide” the prompt to select which of the two operating systems to boot is type the command BCDEDIT /TIMEOUT 0.

I have seen a laptop that can only boot Windows XP by first putting a USB to load the boot program. How should I make that USB boot loader without using portable Linux system/s?

  1. Anonymous
    September 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Maybe witth Plop Boot Manager v5.0

  2. Mike
    September 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    My guess would be that the boot loader on the Hard Drive itself is set to show Vista only (via BCDEDIT or third party software). Then there is some other boot loader e.g. Grub installed on the USB drive which gives both options. And finally the computers BIOS is set to boot from USB-HDD as the first boot option.

    I haven't tried it myself so I can only outline the steps:
    - install GRUB on your USB drive
    - add the necessary boot options to GRUB
    - remove XP from your Hard Drives internal boot loader (or disable the selection period)
    - set your BIOS to boot from USB-HDD as first boot device

    All assuming your computer is capable booting from USB-HDD devices.