Install Windows XP from USB Flash Disk

Do you have an Acer notebooks or laptop and you want to re-install Windows XP? But unfortunately, the crappy DVD-ram drive is broken. Well, I have a solution for you there guys.

What you’ll need:

  • USB_PREP8 – [download 1] [download 2]
  • PeToUSB – [download 1] [download 2], and
  • Bootsect.exe – [download 1] [download 2]
  • A Windows XP image file (an iso file that mout in your virtual drive)
  • USB flash drive (I’ve used 1gb flash drive)
  • A computer that enables you to boot from a USB Disk/Drive

Okay, you have the files. Let’s go to the next step.

  • Extract the Bootsect.zip
  • Next step, extract USB_Prep8 and PeToUSB
  • Copy the PeToUSB executable to USB_prep8 folder
  • Inside the USB_Prep8 folder double click the executable named usb_prep8.cmd and a command line window will show.
  • Press Any Key to continue. After this, a window will pop-up.
  • The setting inside that window as all pre-configured and all you have to do is just click the Start
  • Once the format is comple, DO NOT COLOSE THE WINDOW. Just leave this as it is.
  • Open a new command line window — Window Start Button -> Run then type cmd. Or, press WINDOW KEY + R
  • Inside the command line window, go to the location where you extract your bootsect.exe (cd <folder location) and type or paste the command below
  • bootsect.exe /nt52 R:
  • Take note that R: is the drive letter of your flash drive. Please change it accordingly šŸ˜‰ And, take note that you must not have any open files under this drive. This part writes a correct boot sector for you to enable the usb drive to boot upon startup.
  • If it success, you will be prompted “Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes.
  • Now, close this command window. NOT the prep8 command window ok.
  • Now you will see a list of command from 0 – 5 and F and Q
  • You’ll need to enter a correct command here:
  • Press 1 and enter. A folder browse window will open. You should locate where your Windows XP setup files (or, your CD rom that has your windows xp cd on it)
  • Press 2 and enter a letter NOT currently assigned to your computer system. Example: X
  • Press 3 and enter the drive letter of your USB flash drive.
  • Press 4 to start the process
  • The setup will prompt if it is ok to format your drive. It’s ok. Just press Y and enter
  • Once the format is complete, it will prompt you again. Just press ENTER to continue and it will start copying files to a temporary drive.
  • Once it’s complete, press ENTER to continue.
  • Next, you will be prompted if you want to copy files to your flash drive. You will be clicking YES button (don’t you?)
  • Once the copy is complete, a popup window will prompt you if you would like your USB drive to be prefered bootdrive <drive letter>:Ā  Just click YES
  • Now unmount the virtual drive.
  • And it’s done!

If you follow the steps above then you have successfully created a bootable flash drive that includes your Windows XP installation. We will now proceed to the next step which is configuring your computer to boot on usb drive.

  • Insert your USB flash drive into your computer the Power On your pc.
  • Setup your BIOS to boot on USB Drive (usually, try pressing F2 to go to the BIOS settings, or see your motherboard guide)
  • Navigate to the Boot Options and select USB drive as first priority upon bootup. (or see your motherboard guide on how you will prioritize the bootup process)
  • After you setup press F10 and enter to save and restart the sytem.
  • Now, after reboot, you will now then prompted a 1 and 2 selection. Press 2 to go to Setup
  • And last, you will now seeing a Windows Installation window.

If you want further instruction regarding installing Windows operating system please go to Microsoft Website.

If this guide is not that clear, go to this website: http://www.eeeguides.com/2007/11/installing-windows-xp-from-usb-thumb.html

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