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How to install XP via USB

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  • HI, I am new here and I am wondering how to install XP via USB (flash drive or external drive, I got a 20gb)

    I also like to add, but not so important but interested if can be done.
    Can I use my external
    hdd (laptop 20gb) and make it where I can install XP via usb and also like to add two other installations, Vista, 7. ANd have them all on this drive at one time and when I boot via usb and choose either XP or Vista or 7.

    Can this be done? I want to be able to install three
    different Windows OS (not at once) on this one drive. Possible?

    And I am willing to do very technical stuff here.
    Monday, May 11, 2009 9:33 PM

Answers

  • Windows XP does not support installation by USB directly.

    There is a recipe here however. http://www.vandomburg.net/installing-windows-xp-from-usb/
    MCDST
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    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:11 AM

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  • I found these instructions to make a bootable USB XP install drive. You should be able to use any USB memory device to do it, but I think the max size you can have is 4 GB. Read through it and see if it is what you're looking for.

    I configured a 4GB Lexar USB flash drive following the instructions and it works great. Loads and copies files very fast.
    Monday, May 11, 2009 10:34 PM
  • Where is the link?
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3:00 AM
  • Windows XP does not support installation by USB directly.

    There is a recipe here however. http://www.vandomburg.net/installing-windows-xp-from-usb/
    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
    MCTS - Vista Configuration - Charter Member
    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
    MCITP - Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS - Windows Server 2008, Active Directory Configuration
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:11 AM
  • Windows XP does not support installation by USB directly.
    I didn't think it was. Thanks I try the link right now.

    Thanks for the link, I found an simlare one yesterday and it wasn't as detaid and I was about to throw that idea away and I think I will try again but with this....recipe for the final step since when I did the other one yesterday it look like I was building a WINUBCD instead and think link help me out to understand the rest,

    in short, thanks it really help me out, and now just got to get to work and try it out (I started the process there and the WIN03SP1 file is there. and to big to download at home) thanks again. if you have any more idea)ways (if there is any other way) please post
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:01 PM
  • I do believe that in this case an External drive can be used to do this but it may need you to put the correct files in more than one partition and maybe change the master boot record to show that you are trying to boot 1 or 3 or more Operating systems.

    If this is correct or if someone knows alittle more then do quote to this as im new myself but to my knowledge this can be done.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2012 2:09 PM