Setting up Windows XP from USB drive

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Microsoft Windows XP
USB drive
Dear Sir , I have a laptop wihtout  CD ROM . I want to install Windows XP through USB in that laptop. MY uSB details are   Kingston  8 GB . I have tried to install through bartpe but when its booting from USB it is coming to the message of SETUP STARTING WINDOWS>> and then blue screen error coming in that laptop. Can anyone please help me to install the Windows XP SP2 from USB into this laptop? Regards ksr1234

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Sometimes, it is true the boot-able USB does not work properly. If works, may be perhaps all of a sudden installation is terminated without any reason.
If your laptop has a network adapter, the capability to boot from PXE (network), and a router or crossover cable, you can install Windows XP (of course one more PC is required). Another way is to install from floppy drive (but I think your laptop does not have)…. by chance, click here.

Also you can bring a external CD /DVD drive with USB port support and plug on to your laptop and install XP. But it goes slow to do so because it’s being transferred through a USB port, as opposed to a direct connection from a drive as normal. You also have to change the Boot sequence from BIOS for that purpose.


Hi Ksr1234,

Although what Rechil said is true, there are some bad combinations of BIOS/Motherboards, etc that can cause problems like the one you’re talking about, I have been using for a couple of years now this method with great success.

It was built when Netbooks started to proliferate, but it got it working on any USB bootable Desktop/Laptop etc.
The fact you don’t need to burn CDs / DVDs when testing, is only by itself a good one.

You should give it a try.


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  • Subhendu Sen
    @Saturno, I know this method and and also wanted to refer that ! but it did not work properly earlier in my case. Hopefully, this time it does.
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  • Sixball
    Agree w/ both these gents: Either way, you still ened to make sure that the hardware/BIOS can support the booting from USB-connected devices...
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  • Jibin
    hi, i had a netbook and installed XP using usb. First it showed a BSOD , but later i formatted the usb in NTFS and copied all the files of installation to usb directly (to the root of usb rather than in a folder) and booted the usb from the bios. I dont know the technical part of this process , but thank worked..!! :)
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  • Yade
    Hmm you can install xp via USB just be sure its been well copied to the flash drive and alos make sure the system BIOS can support the booting from USB-connected devices it works have done several times and it worked fine
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