The installation of Windows XP from USB Drive could be accomplished through different ways. If you are new to this chapter and don’t know much about XP installation from USB Drive, then this article will help you better. Here are the basic procedures and fundamental activities you need to carry out while installing XP from USB Drive.
Get ready with the USB drive for installation
Get ready with the USB drive which you are going to use for booting. It merely requires a functional Windows System. Make sure to download the BartPE and install it further. Go through the Start Menu and select the location for the setting Windows X that has SP3. The resultant should be set to BartPE. Give Media Output as Create ISO image and give a proper filename to it. Once completed, the image file will be created.
Set up a XP bootable USB drive
Set up a USB Drive that is XP Bootable. Now turn on the PowerISO (latest version would be better) and then set the USB drive which you intend to boot. You need to choose the Create Bootable USD drive from the tools, while a dialog box will appear after choosing it. When using Vista or Win 7, you will be asked to confirm the UAC dialog. Further you need to select “…” button in order to open the ISO file. Choose the right USB drive, in case if you find multiple drives plugged into the computer. USB-HDD is the most common and recommended writing method, which you can follow as well. Turn on the Start Button for setting up the booting process. When the procedure is done you can copy the XP operating system files. You definitely require the i386 folder. When there is no occurrence of error throughout the process, then you will be able to install Windows XP from USB drive.
Configuration for the installation process
Now it is time to configure the BIOS setting. Reboot the computer and navigate into the BIOS setting while you boot from the USB. The basic procedures involved in this process will include:
- First reboot the computer
- When the computer boots, navigate to the BIOS mode by selecting F1, Delete, Escape or F2 keys. You can follow the hotkey instructions which will generally be listed in the screen.
- Navigate to the slide which has the booting devices
- Upon keeping the USB device connected to the computer, you can find it being listed. When it is not rightly plugged, your system will not recognize the drive and it will fail to support the drive. When it is rightly connected, you need to promote the drive towards the primary booting device.
- Quit away from the BIOS setting and make sure you save all the changes made.
When the BIOS setting is properly configured, the USB drive will easily support the booting process! Remember the BARTPE must be loaded now. The performance of BartPE will completely rely upon the speed of the USB drive. In case if any error occurs, the BIOS setting should be properly checked and resolved to keep the booting process active.